Museums in Central Business District

THE 10 BEST Museums in Central Business District (Melbourne)

Museums in Central Business District

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  • Galiya2013
    Dunedin, New Zealand94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was the second time I visited the museum - first time was about 10 years ago. I suggested to my family the visit. We all enjoyed interactive displays specifically with regards to changes of immigration policy in Australia and support to diversity and inclusion.
    The staff of the museum is very knowledgeable and friendly.
    Absolutely recommend visiting
    Written 1 March 2024
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  • BelC0001
    Sydney, Australia636 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Though not my first visit to this museum, its always worth a visit periodically as the displays are changed on a regular basis.
    Three floors plus the basement are housed in an historic building, itself very well built and maintained (with a timber staircase easily the best built we have come across), though there is a good sized elevator for those requiring it.
    The top floor contained displays (both static and audio-visual) about the Chinese people who emigrated to Australia from goldfield days to present day. The basement contains a very good interactive display regarding the first chinese (men) to leave their homeland, sailing to Australia to pan for gold.
    Written 3 January 2024
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  • Ratna_BSBLS
    Singapore, Singapore277 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful little museum, perfect when one have 2 hours to spare. Location is strategic and easily accessible. Entry fee of Aud 12/p for tourist.

    Collection is also well presented, mixed between the olds and modern items, including photography, olympic torches with their stories and scuptures. Some scuptures have small inscription, would be good to have a printed version around it.

    If you visit, have a go at the prophet box outside.
    Written 30 November 2023
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  • Karen B
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum. Able to see polishing and cutting. Enthusiastic knowledgeable members of staff who explained whet he did, how and why. Amazing exhibits. Thoroughly recommend a visit.
    Written 16 January 2024
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,086 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Butterfly Club is a fun place for patrons. It has an Art Nouveau feel to it. Acts performed on the stage range from vaudeville to burlesque. It's full of nooks and crannies. The Butterfly Club is in Carson Place, which runs off Little Collins St.
    Written 14 November 2020
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,086 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I asked an art critic with whom I am acquainted what was the best sort of art to buy and she said "Buy someting you like, you will be living wiwth it for a long time." I am not an expert on Aboriginal art, very few people are. I would therefore follow the preceeding advice. A reputable dealer will not rob you, because it is bad for business. The prices may seem high, but like any other form of merchandise, you only get what you pay for. Aboriginal art can be endlesssly fascinating if you find something that you like.
    Written 4 July 2020
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  • Leonie B
    Sydney, Australia15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating small museum with exhibits relating to the history of the Salvation Army in Victoria. It's located upstairs in a historic building the Salvation Army has owned for over 100 years. The manager showed me around, regaling me with fascinating stories concerning some of the artifacts which included uniforms, books, photos, souvenirs of early outback aircraft ministries, World War 2 ministries, brass band paraphernalia. The Limelight Studios were of particular interest. This is where many Salvation Army silent movies were produced, including "Soldiers of the Cross" (the world's first multimedia presentation of silent movie clips, lantern slides and live music) in 1900. Entry was free. Ring or email to check opening hours, as the museum is open, but the front door may be closed due to Covid.
    Written 1 February 2022
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  • ECWorld
    Hong Kong, China2,719 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The gallery itself is fairly small and tucked into a heritage building which frankly is not all that impressive, so really the quality of the exhibition pretty much determines your experience. There was a joint exhibition between RMIT and HK schools and it was rather interesting and also made good use of the exhibition space. So yes, for us it was worth spending a hour or so there.
    Written 15 August 2023
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,086 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The City Gallery is a feature of Melbourne's Town Hall. Exhibitions change regularly. "Desire Lines," curated by Sean Lynch, runs from 15 March to 26 July 2023. The City Gallery is compact, but it's always interesting. Entry is free.
    Written 1 March 2023
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  • WLH_Oz
    Brisbane, Australia892 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our last day in Melbourne and we ate here at Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, which is also known was Waterdrop Tea House. It’s easy to get to on the CBD free tram zone and they only open for a few hours for lunch (11:30am-2:30pm) and tea only (10:30am-3pm).

    It’s located in a beautiful building and I wouldn’t have known its existence if I was just passing by. Anyway the 4 of us went in, were seated and ordered salt and pepper tofu, crispy wontons, bak kut teh noodle soup, steamed crystal dumplings, dumplings ramen and combination hor fun.
    The salt and pepper tofu didn’t taste peppery or salty at all and had vegetarian pork floss on top; crispy wontons were filled with mushrooms and were peppery and quite nice. My friends had the bak kut teh noodles and dumplings ramen noodles while I had the combination hor fun. It was a massive plate but I managed to finish it all. It had the lovely smell of wok-burn on the noodles and was pretty close to the meat and egg version. I didn’t try the steamed crystal dumplings as I had no room left.

    After that we checked out the meditation room and prayed a little. Note, the signs outside the restaurant say the gallery will be closing next at the end of month (next Wed) but I believe they are actually closing the whole branch, not just the gallery and only the Box Hill branch will remain open.
    Written 27 July 2018
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  • Elizabeth H
    Melbourne, Australia174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It amazes me that this place isn’t overrun with people but I know why. It’s a little more difficult to find but worth it. Which is so typically Melbourne.....so many Dickensian side lanes.

    If you love beautifully made, local craft with a design bent, this is your place. Party quirky partly elegant. Some of Melbournes better artists sell their stuff here. Jewellery and pottery is a key feature. Check out the ridiculously beautiful porcelain cups and saucers or vases by Vanessa Lucas for instance. Take home a unique present for someone back home that you can’t find elsewhere.
    Written 27 December 2018
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  • RonWamberal
    Sydney, Australia13,239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just a small building but full of interesting details and history of Melbourne. Stacks of bookshelves with wonderful books and tables for carrying out research. Interesting books to buy.
    Written 14 September 2019
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  • AJ Ma
    Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a very nice place at Queen Vic Market, Stunning photos and highly collectible if you love Melbourne, this is the right place to check out
    Written 7 April 2019
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  • Merilyn_S_12
    London, UK1,003 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If Art is your thing make sure you take a visit to this place. You have to go down some stairs and it's not very well signposted. The staff are uber friendly and the exhibition I saw was excellent. Well worth a look. And it's a whole complex that is community funded. A little hidden gem in Melbourne.
    Written 21 July 2017
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,086 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    West Side Place is a multi-storey development hosting a shop-front art gallery on the ground floor.. West Side Place has around ten shop fronts that have been turned into displays. The displays range from wall art to scattered interiors. Also included is Tibetan folk art. Several of them have a tromp l'oeil effect.
    Written 16 November 2020
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