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Marvellous Museums – Conference Partners

The Koorie Heritage Trust is an Aboriginal community organisation that aims to protect, preserve and promote the living culture of Aboriginal people of sout-eastern Australia. The Koorie Heritage Trust exhibit art and artefacts and run walking tours in central Melbourne.

Museum Victoria has three campuses. The Melbourne Museum features the The Melbourne Story exhibition, Bunjilaka Aboriginal cultural gallery, science galleries – and is showing Titanic: the artefact exhibition. Scienceworks is an interactive science museum accessible by train, car or boat. The Immigration Museum is located in the Old Customs Building. Museum Victoria is offering free entry to conference delegates, see Tours and Offers.

The National Gallery of Victoria has two campuses, on either side of the Yarra river. NGV International offers late night openings on Wednesdays to European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th-20th  Century. The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia has over 20 galleries housed in a landmark architectural complex in Federation Square. See Tours and Offers for information on discounted entry for MA members.

The Old Treasury Building hosts the original gold vaults where gold bullion was stored during the gold rush , as well as rare and historic documents from the Public Records Office of Victoria, highlighting key moments of Victoria’s history.

The State Library of Victoria is a short tram ride from the University of Melbourne. Exhibitions include The Changing Face of Victoria, The Mirror of the World (showcasing rare books) and ‘til you drop, celebrating Melbourne’s passion for shopping.

Sovereign Hill is an outdoor museum in Ballarat, a little over an hour from Melbourne, presenting the story of Australia’s goldrush history, circa 1851-1861. Sovereign Hill is a living museum with working exhibits and costumed interpreters. See Tours and Offers for the discount for visitors who come up on the train.

At the conference venue several University of Melbourne Cultural Collections will also be accessible. For further details on exhibitions at Melbourne University see Venue.

Day Trips

See the Visit Victoria website for in depth information on possible daytrips from Melbourne. Listed below are a few regional suggestions with a museum & gallery focus. These destinations are within 2 hours travel from Melbourne by car or train.


Sovereign Hill is an outdoor museum presenting the story of Australia’s goldrush history. Sovereign Hill is a living museum featuring working exhibits, and costumed interpreters. See Tours and Offers for discounted entry offer.

Gold Museum extends Sovereign Hill’s story of Ballarat - a majestic provincial city built on the wealth derived from the great Australian gold rushes of the 1850s.

The  Art Gallery of Ballarat was established in 1884 and features an extensive art collection and the flag from the 1854 Eureka Stockade. The Rick Amor Drawing Prize Exhibition will run 25 September – 7 November. Free guided tour at 2pm daily.

The Ballarat Observatory offers  views of the night sky through one of the largest collections of rare 18th – 21st century telescopes. Bookings essential.


Bendigo Art Gallery features Australian Art from the 1850s to the present day, and the gallery presents a progressive changing contemporary exhibition program. The Paul Guest Prize Exhibition, highlighting contemporary drawing practice in Australia will run from 14 August – 10 October.

The Golden Dragon Museum & Chinese Gardens tell the history of the Chinese people of Bendigo from the goldrush of the 1850’s to the present day.


Since its establishment in 1896 the Geelong Art Gallery has amassed a collection of 19th and 20th century Australian and European paintings and decorative arts. The Silent Wilderness – Colonial Landscapes will run 18 September to 21 November.

The National Wool Museum showcases the Australian wool story - from the sheep’s back to the clothes rack, and from the birth of the wool industry in the 1840’s to its place in the world today.

Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery will be showing In the Japanese Manner: Australian prints 1900-1940 and the 2010 Beleura National Works on Paper

The  McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park is set in 16 hectares of bush and landscaped gardens in Langwarrin, 4kms east of Frankston on the Mornington Peninsula, the   outdoor sculpture collection showcases over 70 works by prominent Australian sculptors.

Yarra Valley

The Healesville Sanctuary is set in 30 hectares of bushland providing a distinctly Australian setting. Visitors can experience close-up encounters with some of Australia’s most unique and captivating wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, birds of prey and platypuses.

The TarraWarra Museum of Art is the first privately funded, significant public visual arts museum to be set up under the Australian Government's philanthropic measures announced in March 1999.  

Touring Victoria

Victoria is a compact and diverse state with a rich cultural and artistic tradition. Victoria has around 700 museums and galleries and many wonderful holiday destinations.

The Visit Victoria website has extensive regional tourism information.

Victorian public art galleries are listed on the Public Gallery Association of Victoria website

Museums that have achieved museum accreditation with Museums Australia (Victoria) are listed at

A full listing of Victorian museums at the Culture Victoria website

More Marvellous Museums

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) is a leading Melbourne contemporary art gallery presenting challenging, innovative and creative visual art. ACCA commissions new artworks by local and international artists.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) celebrates, explores and promotes the moving image in all its forms - film, television and digital culture. During the conference Tim Burton: The Exhibition and Screen Worlds will be showing.

The Centre for Contemporary Photography is located in Fitzroy and specialises in photo-based arts, with five exhibition spaces, including the Night Projection Window

The City Gallery presents a free, annual program of exhibitions that draw on the City of Melbourne’s extensive art and heritage collection

The Deakin University Art Gallery located on the Melbourne Campus at Burwood aims to foster a general awareness and understanding of the visual arts amongst the University community and the general public through a vibrant exhibition program.

Heide Museum of Modern Art comprises contemporary art spaces as well as and heritage buildings, gardens and artworks relating to the former owners of Heide, the Melbourne art world figures Sunday and John Reed.

The Jewish Museum of Australia is a community museum which aims to explore and share the Jewish experience in Australia.

The Johnston Collection is a private museum featuring Georgian, Regency and Louis XV fine and decorative arts, arranged within a domestic setting. The museum offers small group tours by appointment.

Melbourne Zoo is located in Parkville near the University of Melbourne. A recent acquisition is Mali the baby elephant born at the zoo.

The Old Melbourne Gaol; Crime and Justice Experience features Melbourne’s oldest prison, historic Magistrates' Court and the former Police City Watch House. Self guided tours, guided tours and night  tours are available.

The RAAF Museum is located just south west of Melbourne and tells the story of the world’s second airforce

RMIT Gallery is located a short tram ride up Swanston Street from the University of Melbourne, near the State Library of Victoria.

The Royal Melbourne Botanical Gardens has two sites, the Melbourne Garden on the Yarra river, and the new Australian Garden in Cranbourne.

Museums that would like to be included as a listing on the ‘More Marvellous Museums’ or ‘Tours or Offers’ part of the conference website please send an email which includes a brief description of the museum, tour or offer (max 40 words) and the web address to by 18 August with the word ‘social’ in the subject line. Listings may be edited.

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