Projections, installations, unbelievable cocktails and more. These aesthetic spots in Melbourne need to be snapped ASAP.

See RONE in the abandoned Flinders Street Ballroom

In one of his biggest exhibitions to date, iconic Victorian artist Rone has taken over the third-floor wing of the Flinders Street Ballroom. 'Time' features multiple rooms filled with immersive displays, signature portraits and unexpected details. Pre-book your tickets and don't miss this stirring experience. Please note - both TIME and Mixed Business will be closed from Sunday 25 December until Tuesday 3 January.

A mural of a woman's face on the wall of a dishevelled room.
TIME • RONE

See more from the artist behind RISING's megachurch

Cast your mind back to June, and you might remember this pink domed neon masterpiece on display during RISING. The artist behind the mayhem (Paul Yore) has a free exhibition on display at ACCA until 20 November, and it's just as dazzling. Visit five distinct spaces and get a deeper understanding of Yore's thought-provoking, multidisciplinary works.

Explore a multi-sensory projection art space

Tyama is an immersive, intergalactic new addition to Melbourne Museum. Experience six different digital environments, created with 360-degree projections and striking soundscapes. Stop to snap photos against kaleidoscopic backdrops lose yourself in a colourful new world. Book in a Saturday session for rare after-hours access.

Three people walking through a multi coloured light tunnel art exhibit.
Tyama

Light up your feed with works from the Tate

Giant glowing orbs, bright bursts of neon and towering rainbow sculptures. Light: Works from Tate’s Collection is made to be snapped. This illuminating collection of art is curated by the Tate and drawn from their prestigious collection. Historical paintings by artistic heavyweights are transformed by ground-breaking light works. Think Claude Monet, Yayoi Kusama and more.

Be surrounded by 360-degree impressionist artworks

There’s a dazzling new exhibit floating into THE LUME this October. Monet & Friends Alive is a love letter to the French Impressionists, bringing their iconic masterpieces back to life. Explore the 3,000 square metre projection art gallery, swirling with floor-to-ceiling digital displays. Stroll through Monet’s Water Lilies and reflect on Renoir’s renowned works in an immersive experience.

Women in white holding umbrellas in a digital art gallery featuring Monet.
The Lume

Drink cocktails from a gumball machine, milk jug or nitro bubble

Art, science or just perfect Insta-fodder? Melbourne's most Instagrammable cocktails are a bit of everything. Whether it's a novelty shark-shaped vessel or theatrical delivery, you're bound to rack up the reacts. Our top pick is a smoke-filled, bubble topped drop from the likes of CuriousYum Sing House and Nick & Norah’s.

Find glowing street art after-dark

Flash Forward is the epic new creative program taking over 40 city laneways with music, murals and more from the best local talent. After dark, laneways like Drewery Alley and Stevenson Lane light up to reveal a different side of their respective artworks. Get exploring with our guide to the completed works so far.

A mural painted on a wall
Jaz Mishap's mural in Drewery Alley

Pose in a retro gaming arcade

Arcade games old and new will have you clicking away at Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq. Go classic with Space Invaders, or take a seat in the life-sized Mario Kart. Be dazzled by neon while playing Let’s Bounce or NBA Hoops. Then order a fairy-floss topped cocktail for the ultimate Insta-feed.

Get clicking at a luxury shoe boutique

Golden Goose’s new Melbourne digs at 80 Collins are as eye-catching as the cult Italian sneakers on sale. A gold metal staircase leads to glowing white walls lined with backlit shelves. The flagship store’s industrial edge complements Lab GGDB’s range of handmade distressed sneakers. Speak to the sneaker creator to customise your new pair of star-detailed shoes.

a girl walking up golden sticker covered stairs looking up
Golden Goose Deluxe Brand

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