Museums in Melbourne


Victoria boasts an exceptional collection of museums, many hosting national displays or curating world-renowned exhibits. The Melbourne Museum is a fusion of the old world and the new. Opposite the grand Royal Exhibition Buildings, it is segmented into several galleries, including a magnetic Children's Museum and the Bunjilaka Centre – a place where Aboriginal people can practise and present their culture.


Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol

Sentence yourself to a day of fun or a spooky night at Victoria's oldest prison, which housed tough criminals and the infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly.

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Melbourne Museum

Outdoor spaces at Melbourne Museum

Touch and feel your way through local history; give Phar Lap a nod, explore a rainforest, rest in a rollercoaster car, and discover Koori heritage.

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Visitors out the front of Scienceworks

Journey to the stars and beyond at the Melbourne Planetarium, travel through space and time, and have a hair-raising encounter with lighting volts.

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Immigration Museum

Immigration Museum

Explore the real-life stories of people who have migrated to Victoria from all over the world, through moving images, voices, memories and memorabilia.

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Chinese Museum

Chinese Museum at Cohen Place

A living part of Melbourne's modern Chinatown, the Chinese Museum documents, preserves and displays the history of Chinese Immigration to Australia....

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Art galleries

Melbourne's public galleries house some of Australia's most important colonial and contemporary works, while private galleries, both large and small, showcase the works of talented local artisans and craftspeople.


Australian Centre for Contemporary Art


Get a fresh perspective. See works by the best international and Australian contemporary artists and attend inspiring workshops and public talks.

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)


Venture into Fed Square and explore the world of film, television and digital media with year-round exhibitions, rare screenings and cultural events.

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Heide Museum of Modern Art

Heide III

Heide Museum of Modern Art, or Heide as it is affectionately known, began life in 1935 as the Melbourne home of John and Sunday Reed and has evolved...

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National Gallery of Victoria


Appreciate art and surrounds at the two NGV spaces - the iconic original housing international art and the newer, light-filled home of local works.

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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

Looking towards the city of Melbourne through the mesh wall of the building

See superb collections of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the Colonial period to the present day, as well as special exhibitions.

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123 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3000