Melbourne’s culture club

Like to avoid the crowds when getting your culture fix? We’re in love with these little museums that deliver big on amazing treasures and artefacts, that you can pore over at your own pace.

Pop in for a visit and discover something new about the culture, art and history of our city’s amazing inhabitants.

Koorie Heritage Trust

The Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre is a relaxed setting to explore artefacts and artworks that tell the story of the Koorie people from 60,000 years ago to today. Wander through the permanent exhibition on social history or view artwork from emerging Koorie artists displayed across their three gallery spaces.

Colourful artworks at Koorie Heritage Trust (Image: Pitcha Makin Fellaz, Me 'n' You (M e n u) Number 2, 2014, courtesy of the artists)

Colourful artworks at Koorie Heritage Trust (Image: Pitcha Makin Fellaz, Me ‘n’ You (M e n u) Number 2, 2014, courtesy of the artists – some detail cropped)

Chinese Museum and Chinatown Visitor Centre

Melbourne’s Chinatown dates back to the 1850s and is one of the best-loved pockets of the city. Visit the Chinese Museum and Chinatown Visitor Centre to learn more about Chinese-Australian history told through a collection of artefacts, textiles and artworks. Younger museum-goers will love the interactive finding gold’ treasure hunt and colourful collection of Chinese dragons.

Hellenic Museum

Discover the best of ancient and modern Greece at The Hellenic Museum on William Street. If you missed their fabulous Summer Cinema season, there are still plenty of reasons to pay them a visit, including a jam-packed education program and the suitably impressive Gods, Myths and Mortals exhibition. Entry is an affordable $10 for adults and $5 for concession.

See ornate treasures on display at the Hellenic Museum

See the Gold Kylix and other ornate treasures on display at the Hellenic Museum

The Johnston Collection

Transport yourself to an era of refinement with a visit to The Johnston Collection at Fairhall House in East Melbourne. This House-Museum is packed full of beautiful antiques and decorative arts from the late antiques dealer, William Robert Johnston. Bookings are essential.

Wunderkammer

Wunderkammer translates to ‘cabinets of wonder’ and this weird and wonderful museum/retailer on Lonsdale Street delivers on its name. The eclectic collection is geared towards natural history with meteorite, fossils, skeletons and more than a few taxidermy animals on display! Entry is free.

Cabinets of wonder at Wunderkammer, a science museum and retailer on Lonsdale Street

Cabinets of wonder at Wunderkammer, a science museum and retailer on Lonsdale Street

Where is your favourite Melbourne museum?