Museums and Galleries

Discover Melbourne's top attractions, offering a mix of historical landmarks, cultural sites, natural beauty, and family-friendly destinations. Explore the best of what Melbourne has to offer for tourists and visitors.

Museums and Galleries

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

With all the Australian works moved to The Ian Potter Centre the NGV focuses on international works. The museum—the largest, oldest, and most popular art institution in Australia—is big, but not huge, so you can quite easily take in all the galleries in one visit if you’ve got comfy shoes. There are permenant items on display but its the fabulous exhibitions like Van Gogh or Degas that attract the big crowds.

Melbourne Museum

Set in the Carlton gardens this modern building now houses a plethora of exhibits that teach you about the history of Victoria before European settlement. You can spend a little time in the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where the First Peoples exhibition tells the story of this land from its creation to the present day. Stroll through Milarra Garden, where a trail passes native plants en route to a cave with rock paintings. At 1:45 p.m. each day (except in winter), stroll past the pond to see the short-finned eels being fed. Other highlights include the skeleton of a Diprotodon, the world’s largest-ever marsupial, and the stuffed hide of Phar Lap, the equine hero of the Depression era whose heart was twice the size of his peers.  There is also an IMAX cinema for an added bonus.

ACMI (Austrlain Centre for the Moving Image)

The museum is focused to everything in Australia that's related to the screen: film, television, digital technology, video games, and art. Its located in Federation Square and has two cinemas.

The Ian Potter Centre

Located at Federation Square, it is the world’s first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art.

Its a history of Australian art through a program of exhibitions and displays that include photography, prints and drawings, fashion and textiles, and decorative arts.

The centre also displays the cultural diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art through a suite of galleries dedicated to major historical and contemporary works.

Visitor Tips

  • Opening Hours: Check individual attraction websites for the most up-to-date information on opening hours.
  • Tickets: Purchase tickets online in advance to avoid queues.
  • Accessibility: Most attractions are wheelchair accessible; specific information is available on their websites.
  • Public Transport: Many attractions are easily accessible via Melbourne's public transport network. Use trams, buses, and trains for convenient travel.
  • Weather: Melbourne's weather can be unpredictable; it's advisable to check the forecast and dress accordingly.