Melbourne's Cultural Kaleidoscope: 7 Ways to Immerse Yourself in Melbourne's Arts and Culture From the Stage to the Gallery

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Indulge in Melbourne's ever-expanding arts and culture scene in venues across the city. From theater shows and live music to comedy clubs, museums, galleries and festivals, Victoria is a hotspot for the arts. Head out any day of the week and enjoy a night of live music or performing arts. There's always a gig, comedy hour, or theater show taking place in performance spaces, concert venues and theaters across Melbourne, as well everything from contemporary to classic pieces being shown at public and private galleries.

Experience Art, Film, and Food at ACMI in Melbourne's Famous Fed Square

ACMI is the national museum of screen culture. You can navigate the world of film, TV, art and video games in the heart of Melbourne's city center, 364 days a year. ACMI is the most visited museum of its kind in the world. Located in Fed Square, ACMI offers exhibitions, cinemas, an incredible gift shop and a new destination dining experience, Hero.

Step into the Art World at the National Gallery of Victoria: Contemporary and Classic

Discover art, classic and contemporary, local and international at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The NGV's two impressive galleries are right in the city centre and just a short stroll from one another. Visit major international touring exhibitions and wander collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American art at NGV International, the iconic St Kilda Road gallery with its famous waterall and Great Hall. Cross the river to discover the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at the heart of Federation Square. With more Australian art on permanent display than any other in the world, the Ian Potter Centre is a must-visit for its collections of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous art as well as touring exhibitions. 

Immersing in Indigenous Culture: Discovering Aboriginal Victoria at the Koorie Heritage Trust

Discover Aboriginal Victoria at the Koorie Heritage Trust - located in the cultural heart of Narrm (Melbourne) at Federation Square by the banks of the Birrarung Marr (River of Mists – Yarra River) and be inspired by the rich and complex history of the world’s oldest continuous living culture. Enjoy a range of authentic Victorian Aboriginal experiences from the Birrarung Wilam (River Camp) walk; one of the largest collections of Koorie art and artefacts on permanent display; an annual exhibition program showcasing local Aboriginal artists; plus, an opportunity to purchase handcrafted locally made gifts. Established in 1985, the Koorie Heritage Trust is Aboriginal owned and managed and entry is free.

Walk in the Footsteps of Melbourne's First People: An Aboriginal Heritage Walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens

Womin Djeka. Journey into Melbourne Gardens, a significant cultural site for the local Kulin Nation, with an Aboriginal guide.

Gain insight into the rich history and thriving culture of the First Peoples of Australia though a journey of identifying significant native plants within the Gardens. Learn about Aboriginal plant uses, customs and on-going connection to country on our Aboriginal Heritage Walk.

A Sensory Journey Through Art: Discovering THE LUME in Melbourne

Step into THE LUME Melbourne, an epic adventure into art. THE LUME is the first permanent digital gallery in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere and transforms the world’s finest art into fully immersive sensory encounters. Curated tastes, aromas and a choreographed soundtrack add thrilling new dimensions to this 360-degree experience. Within the 32,000sq ft, 36ft high digital art gallery, there are no time limits and no set paths - your journey is entirely up to you. THE LUME Melbourne is a contactless experience with a robust COVID-Safe plan in place for all visitors.

Beyond the Gallery: Exploring Melbourne's Urban Public Art Scene

Wander the city's laneways to see an ever-changing outdoor gallery of urban art. Check out the murals, stencils, paste-ups and installations in the laneways off Flinders Lane between Russell Street and Swanston Street; join a tour of Hosier Lane for the inside word. Union Lane, off the Bourke Street Mall, is usually freshly painted, as is Blender Lane, off Franklin Street.

Beyond the CBD, keep an eye out for eye-catching art on the walls in Fitzroy and Collingwood. The Gertrude Street Projection Festival is an annual highlight. For a deeper understanding of urban art in Melbourne, join a Street Art Tour while uncovering the history and of the cities famous laneways and arcades.

Beyond the Game: Discovering the Culture and History of the Melbourne Cricket Ground

In sports-obsessed Melbourne, one venue stands head and shoulders above the rest as the epicenter of Victorian sport – The Melbourne Cricket Ground. Affectionately known as 'The G' to locals and sports fans the world over, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is a cultural icon and one of the most important sports stadiums in the world. The spiritual home of Australian cricket as well as the Australian Football League (AFL), the MCG has also played host to countless high-profile events, including the 1956 Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games, as well as hosted world-renowned music artists and performances.

For an intimate tour experience of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, you can book a guided tour of the inner sanctum of the MCG, walk through the famous arena and understand what makes this stadium the heartbeat of Melbourne. Combine your behind-the-scenes tour with a visit to the National Sports Museum located on-site for a truly memorable experience.

Continue your Melbourne adventures with the wildlife of Victoria.


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