List of museums in Melbourne

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Melbourne, Australia, is home to a large number of cultural institutions, museums and historic sites, some of which are known worldwide:

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Name Type Summary
ANZ Banking Museum Numismatic website, banknotes and coins, moneyboxes, office machines, firearms, gold-mining equipment and uniforms
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art Art Contemporary art gallery
Australian Centre for the Moving Image Media Film, television, digital media
Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives History Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex materials, including archive, library, museum and gallery items
Australian National Aviation Museum Aviation Australia's aviation heritage
Australian Racing Museum Sports Horse racing, part of the National Sports Museum
Australian Railway Historical Society Museum Transportation Steam, electric and diesel locomotives, carriages, signalling and other historic railway equipment and artefacts
Backwoods Gallery Art Urban Contemporary, Street Art
Centre for Contemporary Photography Art Contemporary photo-based arts
Chinese Museum, Melbourne Ethnic Heritage and culture of Australia's Chinese community
City Gallery, Melbourne Art website, exhibits from the city's art and history collections
Cooks' Cottage Historic house Mid 18th century cottage of Captain James Cook's parents in England that was transported to Melbourne
Dax Centre Art website, promotes mental health and wellbeing by fostering a greater understanding of the mind, mental illness and trauma through art and creativity
Fairhall (House Museum) Art Georgian townhouse that houses The Johnston Collection of fine and decorative art
Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery Art website, traditional and contemporary concepts of Eastern philosophy through painting, sculptures, calligraphy, embroidery, pottery, decorative arts and antiques
Grainger Museum Biographical Documents the life, career and music of composer and pianist Percy Grainger
Hellenic Museum, Melbourne Ethnic Cultural traditions of ancient and contemporary Greece
Ian Potter Centre Art Houses the Australian part of the art collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, includes paintings, sculpture, prints, photography, fashion and textiles
Ian Potter Museum of Art Art Part of the University of Melbourne, includes Australian art in all media from the early nineteenth century to the present, European art, International indigenous art, classics and archaeology
Immigration Museum, Melbourne History Operated by Museum Victoria, history of immigration in Australia
Islamic Museum of Australia Ethnic Islamic art and culture
Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre Holocaust
Jewish Museum of Australia Jewish Only Jewish community museum in Australia
The Johnston Collection Art Located in Fairhall, includes Georgian, Regency and Louis XV furniture, 18th and 19th century porcelain, and paintings from the 16th - 19th centuries
Koorie Heritage Trust Ethnic website, Koorie art, culture and heritage
La Trobe's Cottage Historic house Original mid 19th century home of Victoria's first Lt. Governor, Charles Joseph La Trobe, operated by the National Trust of Australia
Living Museum of the West Ecomuseum Documents social history of Melbourne's western suburbs
Mary Glowrey Museum Biographical website Documents the life and legacy of Melbourne doctor and medical missionary Mary Glowrey
Melbourne Maritime Museum Maritime Includes the museum ship Polly Woodside, 3-masted 19th century barque. Operated by the National Trust of Australia
Melbourne Museum Multiple Largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere, operated by Museum Victoria, exhibits include natural history, science, art, culture
Melbourne Museum of Printing Industrial website, Working and teaching museum of typography and printing
National Gallery of Victoria Art Includes the Ian Potter Centre, encompasses Indigenous (Australian Aboriginal) art, Australian colonial painting, Australian Impressionist painting, 20th century, modern and contemporary Australian art
National Steam Centre Engineering website Operated by Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club Inc, working examples of mechanical heritage
National Sports Museum Sports Includes the Australian Racing Museum, Australian rules football, cricket, Olympic Games, tennis, rugby league, rugby union, soccer, basketball, boxing and netball
Old Melbourne Gaol Prison History of the 19th century prison used until 1924
Old Treasury Building, Melbourne History Museum of Melbourne history from the 1830s,
Portable Iron Houses Historic house website, operated by the National Trust of Australia, prefabricated iron buildings from the gold rush era
RAAF Museum Aviation Military aircraft, official museum of the Royal Australian Air Force
Salvation Army Heritage Centre History, cinema website, Operated by the Salvation Army, includes original Limelight Department film studio
Scienceworks Science Operated by Museum Victoria, hands-on science exhibits
Shot Tower Museum Military Located in Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, shows the production of shot balls by freefall of molten lead
TAA Museum Aviation website, Operated by TAA Australian Airlines 25 year club volunteers, exhibits of Trans Australia Airlines history
Victoria Police Museum Law enforcement website, social history of policing and crime in Victoria including uniforms, equipment, weapons
Victorian Telecommunications Museum Technology Telephones and telecommunications equipment

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