Art Theatre and Culture

Scratch the surface in Melbourne and you’ll discover a city buzzing with dynamic and cutting-edge arts and cultural companies.

NGV International


The National Gallery of Victoria has two magnificent galleries located a short walk apart, both with free entry to the permanent collection. NGV International houses a whole world of international art, displaying the National Gallery of Victoria’s collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American art. Since the National Gallery of Victoria opened in St Kilda Road in 1968, the total collection has doubled in size to more than 70,000 works of art. A truly iconic Melbourne building, the gallery has been totally redesigned to house one of the most impressive collections in the Southern Hemisphere. The NGV offers an extraordinary visual arts experience with diverse temporary exhibitions, Collection displays, talks, tours, programs for kids, films, late-night openings and performances.

Home of Australian art with superb collections of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the Colonial period to the present day. The NGV collection of Australian art comprises more than 20,000 works. Admission to the permanent collection is free. Fees may apply to special exhibitions

corner Flinders and Russell St, Melbourne,
Victoria 3000 P. 03 8620 2222



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On a balmy summer evening it’s far too easy to gaze up at the Arts Centre spire and become transfixed by the hypnotic light display. But if your curiosity about this Melbourne landmark runs a little deeper, then a tour is in order. More than 2 million visitors attend over 6,000 events annually at Australia’s largest performing arts centre.

Guides cover the history of the site, design and architectural elements of the complex, plus the Centre’s own Australian art collection. Theatrical stickybeaks will further enjoy the Sunday Backstage tours for a behind-the-curtains peek at areas not normally accessible to the public.

Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts centre. For nearly 30 years Arts Centre Melbourne has played a leading role in showcasing the best local and international performing arts – music, dance, drama, comedy, cabaret, festivals and much more. The Centre is host and partner to the national andstate companies, including Opera
* Australia, The Australian Ballet,
* Melbourne Theatre Company,
* Melbourne Symphony Orchestra,
* Australian Chamber Orchestra,
* Victorian Opera, Sydney Dance
*  Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Address: 100 St Kilda Road  P. 9281 8000


Fun for the whole family

Winner of the Australian Tourism Awards for Best Major Tourist Attraction in Australia for 2011 Melbourne Museum showcases Australian social history, Indigenous cultures, science and the environment. Located adjacent to the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, and home to IMAX Theatre Melbourne..

Major features of Melbourne Museum include celebrating Victoria’s local Koorie culture in Bunjilaka, Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Explore Melbourne’s rich history in the Melbourne Story exhibition; be immersed in evocative stories and discover the icons and personalities that have shaped Melbourne since the early 1800s.
See Phar Lap, Australia’s legendary racehorse, in the flesh. Walk amongst skeletons of amazing animals from the past; from dinosaurs, flying reptiles and megafauna.  Take a close look at bugs, from stick insects to red-back and funnel-web spiders in Bugs Alive! Wander through a living forest with resident wildlife inside the Forest Gallery. Journey into the mind and explore a world of emotions, thoughts, memories and dreams in The Mind exhibition.

Explore the Children’s Gallery, a fun and education space for one to eight year olds. Utilise Museum Victoria’s research and collections and conduct your own research into life in Victoria at the Discovery Centre.
Visit the Museum Shops for a unique range of books, toys, games, as well as original, locally produced crafts and souvenirs you won’t find anywhere else. Relax at the Museum Cafe over a coffee and a bite to eat.
And experience one of the world’s largest cinema’s at IMAX Theatre Melbourne. For further information please visit their website.Melbourne Museum showcases Australian social history, Indigenous cultures, science and the environment.

Address: Carlton Gardens, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton, Victoria 3053

Phone: 03 8341 7777  |  Fax: 03 8341 7778  



Hellenic Museum

Located in one of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings, the Former Royal Mint, The Hellenic Museum houses exhibitions and runs programs that promote an understanding and appreciation of the rich cultural traditions of ancient and contemporary Greece.
The Hellenic Museum houses a long-term collection of treasures from the Benaki Museum, Athens: Gods, Myths & Mortals will be in Melbourne for the next decade.
The Museum also has an ongoing program of contemporary exhibitions examining Greek Culture, Arts, History and Greek Settlement in Australia, including the Summer Arts Program.
The Hellenic Museum is in the heart of the City of Melbourne, conveniently located on the corner of La Trobe and Williams Street just across from Flagstaff train station and is on the City Circle tram loop.
There is ample parking for visitors including short term drop-off areas for large buses.

Address: The Old Royal Mint Building, 280 William Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Phone: 03 8615 9016  |  Fax: 03 8615 9021


Head to the Southbank precinct and experience this hotbed of Melbourne art and culture -the Victorian Arts Center, the Malthouse Theatre, the Recital Center and the National Gallery of  Victoria’s international collection.


Federation Square fuses art with architecture – see inspiring visual exhibits at ACMI, wander through the permanent collection at the Ian Potter Gallery, or see a recital at the BMW Edge Theater.


Discover the innovation and skill of local artists and designers at hole-in-the-wall galleries, designer boutiques and theaters scattered throughout the city’s lane ways.