Culture and entertainment in Melbourne

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Because we know that you need to enjoy the sun, the gardens and the terraces of Melbourne, we have prepared a small cultural selection for you.

It's up to you to choose from this small glimpse of Melbourne's cultural panorama!

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In a mess ! Galleries that made Melbourne famous:

  • Immigration Museum : This museum located in the former Australian Customs building, gives you a good insight into the life and destiny of generations of immigrants, who forged the identity of the city and of Australia.

    This historical journey makes it possible to realize the mechanism of formation of Australian society, which is still very present today.

  • The Melbourne Museum : Opened in 2000, this complex houses a science museum, an IMAX cinema, a reconstruction of the tropical forest as well as the Bunjilaka gallery dedicated to the aborigines.

    The Bunjilaka gallery is one of the newest and among the best in the country. Resulting from a 6-year collaboration with the native Wurundjeri population of Melbourne, it enjoys a very clear and lively presentation of Aboriginal worldview and culture.

    Finally, it is one of the few official places that tries to bear witness to the difficulties of Aboriginal integration and colonization of the Australian continent.


  • « The Australian Centre for the Moving Image » : This interactive gallery, opened in 2002, is entirely devoted to the image in all its forms: cinema, television, virtual creations, or video games.

    Many cinemas offer sessions for all genres of films and the temporary exhibitions are always outstanding

  • National Gallery of Victoria : This huge collection of paintings concentrates 20.000 works by Australian artists (Ian Potter Center in Federation Square), but also a permanent exhibition of the best artists in the world (International Gallery in St Kilda).

    The ground floor of the Ian Potter Center displays a large collection of contemporary Aboriginal art.

Your evenings in Melbourne

Melbourne Opera

Once night falls, there is no shortage of proposals to occupy your evenings in Melbourne.

First of all, under this mini-Eiffel Tower as the inhabitants of Melbourne call it, hides the State Theater of Melbourne with its impressive acoustics.

Tickets are available for sale 2 hours before the show (special last minute rate) to allow you to appreciate the world creations of the Australian Opera company, Opera Australia.

Many theaters and concert halls also offer shows, ballets, comedy sketches and musicals by top Australian and international artists.

You can buy tickets at any time in the small kiosks in the city center (where people are queuing!) or on the internet.

Finally, go to Fitzroy (bohemian district), along Brunswick Street, or to Carlton (Italian district), along Lygon street, for the best choice of restaurants, bars and “fashionable” nightclubs in Melbourne!

Useful information

The Immigration Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m.
Admission $6/free child and student).
Old Custom House, 400 Flinders Street,
+61 3 9927 2700

The Melbourne Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m.
Admission $6 – free child and student)
11 Nicholson St,
+ 61 3 8341 7777

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image is open daily from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m., and until 18 p.m. on weekends.
You can consult the schedules of sessions and workshops on their website.
Federation Square, Flinders Street,
+61 3 9655 1995

La National gallery of Victoria is open from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m. (Ian Potter Center closed on Mondays / International Gallery closed on Tuesdays)
Free entry for the permanent collections)
Federation Square/ 180 St Kilda Road,
+61 3 8620 2222

Opera Australia, Official website of the Australian Opera Company (Melbourne and Sydney)

Ticketek, the best site to buy show, theatre, opera and… footy tickets!

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