Museums and art galleries
The best free museums and art galleries in Melbourne
Explore world-class museums, edgy artist-run spaces and blockbuster exhibitions for free.
Explore history, culture, science, and nature at this popular Melbourne attraction.
Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
The world’s first major gallery dedicated exclusively to Australian art.
Museum dedicated to the moving image through events, film screenings and exhibitions.
An exploration of the stories of people from all over the world who have migrated to Australia.
Children's Gallery Melbourne Museum
This is a wondrous place for young children to explore, play and learn.
Museum of Chinese Australian History
Museum preserving and displaying the history of Chinese immigration.
Australian Sports Museum
The Australian Sports Museum proudly features the largest sporting collection in the country.
Australian Music Vault
A celebration of Australian contemporary music – past, present and future.
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
An art gallery presenting challenging and innovative contemporary work.
City Gallery presents free exhibitions from City of Melbourne’s art and heritage collection.
The Johnston Collection
View beautiful objects arranged in a house-museum setting unfettered by ropes or barriers.
La Trobe's Cottage
Original home of Victoria's first governor Charles Joseph La Trobe from 1839 to 1854.
Discover Greek art, history and culture, both ancient and contemporary.
Celebrating the history, culture, achievements, and survival of Victoria's Aboriginal people.
Fire Services Museum of Victoria
Australia's largest collection of fire-fighting memorabilia.
An autobiographical museum of acclaimed musician and composer Percy Grainger.
Medical History Museum
A free museum focusing on medicine's contribution to scientific discovery and community wellbeing.
Showcasing original and contemporary art and hosting private and public events.
The Watch Gallery
Specialist dealer in pre-owned, modern and collectable Swiss watches.
A contemporary art gallery on the city fringe with a focus on solo exhibitions.
First Site Gallery
RMIT gallery presenting student exhibitions and events throughout the year.
Gray Reid Gallery
A retailer of vintage, estate, bespoke and contemporary Australian jewellery.
Anna Schwartz Gallery
The gallery represents over 30 established and emerging artists on individual projects.
ARC ONE Gallery
A commercial gallery in Flinders Lane showing contemporary Australian art.
Fiona and Sidney Myer Gallery
Contemporary art space presenting new works by Australian and international artists.
Flinders Lane Gallery
Exhibiting collectable artworks and featuring solo exhibitions every three weeks.
Alternative art gallery specialising in lowbrow, pop surrealism and underground art.
Leica Store and Gallery Melbourne
Showcasing the full range of Leica cameras, lenses and sport optics.
Stephen McLaughlan Gallery
Curated contemporary art space in the iconic Nicholas Building.
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Theatre and shows
Discover Melbourne's hit musicals, cutting-edge theatre and late-night cabaret shows.
Melbourne has a thriving film scene, with film festivals and screenings at cinemas year-round.