Things you didn’t know about Melbourne University

Officially, it’s one of Australia’s premier educational institutions. Unofficially, it’s been dubbed ‘Melbourne’s Hogwarts’. Take a few hours to explore its grounds and discover the many magical things you didn’t know about Melbourne University.

Two columns and between them you can see a green lawn and an old building.

Discover the historic architecture at the University of Melbourne. Photo: University of Melbourne

Architecture

The university is famous for its towering old buildings and majestically high ceilings. The ‘Old Quad’ (old law quadrangle) was built by the very workers who helped to kick-start the eight-hour day movement. This space is stunning and could easily be mistaken as something from Harry Potter’s magical campus.

A metal plaque with writing on a wall

Plaque on the ‘Old Quad’, commemorating its historic connection to the eight-hour day movement for building workers in Victoria. Photo: University of Melbourne

Ian Potter Museum of Art

Nestled at the front of the University of Melbourne, the Ian Potter Museum of Art is home to a carefully-curated range of classic and contemporary artwork. With regularly rotating exhibitions, including upcoming programs in Art + Climate = Change, you can banish boredom here.

Visit a scene from Mad Max

Featured in the original Mad Max, the underground car park at Melbourne University is an architectural feat. Winner of several awards for its grand doorway and leafy exterior, it’s totally instagrammable.

Image of an empty underground carpark

Look familiar? This car park is featured in a scene from Mad Max. Image: @onedeuxpunch via Flickr

Browse through 3.6 million books

One of the biggest libraries in Australia, browse through over three million books at the Baillieu Library. While there, check out the regularly changing exhibitions like Plotting the Island: dreams, discovery and disaster.

Grainger Museum

This purpose-built autobiographical museum highlights the life of Percy Grainger. The collection contains costumes, scores, instruments and more. As a regular host to changing exhibitions and performances, the museum is a must for music lovers.

Photo of a brick building, with a tree in front of it

The Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne. Photo: University of Melbourne

Melbourne Farmers Market

Once a week, the tranquil Union Lawn on the Melbourne University campus transforms into a bustling fresh food hub. Held every Wednesday during the study semester, the farmers market is free to enter and boasts some of the best regional Victorian produce.

Finish with a cuppa

A mere block away, wander down to Lygon Street for an overwhelming choice of cafes, restaurants and entertainment. You’d be silly to leave without stopping for some pasta.