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What’s open in Melbourne: iconic galleries and cultural institutions

Some restrictions have eased in Melbourne, which means you can rediscover a few of the city’s sparkling cultural gems. It might be a little different to the last time visited, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had. And before making plans, be sure to check in with the DHHS for the most up-to-date guidelines.

State Library Victoria

Melbourne’s favourite library is now open, with reduced hours from 10am to 6pm daily. On Saturday 27 June, the domed La Trobe Reading Room and Ian Potter Queen’s Hall reopened for book worms across the city. Bookings are essential to lock in a visit, with morning and afternoon sessions available.

An ornate library room with a domed ceiling

State Library La Trobe reading room

NGV International

NGV International and the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia reopened on Saturday 27 June. Visit to admire Japanese fashion in Collecting Comme, or 1930s style in the Japanese Modernism exhibit. At NGV Australia, Top Arts 2020 shows off exceptional work of VCE art students. Or check out Marking Time, which highlights the NGV’s Indigenous art collection. Distancing measures, free timed ticketing and queue management are in place, and you can book online now.

Melbourne Museum and IMAX

Melbourne Museum and IMAX Melbourne have reopened to fans young and old. All galleries and spaces are open in the museum, with capacity limits in place. Enter the miniature world of the Mini Mega Model Museum. Or explore the Bunjilaka River of Language exhibition. To help with visitor numbers, two-hour visits are recommended. Over at IMAX Melbourne, Jurassic Park 3D and Mad Max: Fury Road 3D is screening.

Melbourne Zoo

Will the otters come to the party? Will there be snow leopard cubs? What have those capuchins been up to? Find out for yourself on Monday 1 June when Melbourne Zoo reopens. Pack a picnic lunch and head through the gates into that beloved animal kingdom once more. Like the aquarium, you must pre-book your tickets online before you go. This includes babies and Zoo Members. Melbourne Zoo is limiting numbers so everyone has plenty of space. While you’re keeping distant, it’s probably the closest you’ll ever feel to having the zoo to yourself.


SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

You can splash out again at the Melbourne Aquarium, which is now welcoming visitors. Grab the family for a trip into town to hang out with your favourite penguins. Get hypnotised by thousands of colourful jellyfish in the new Ocean Invaders exhibit.

To keep you safe, the aquarium has reduced its daily capacity to allow for social distancing. It’s essential that you pre-book your tickets online. Remember to keep your distance in the viewing areas and the cafe. Oh, and card only – no cash. Rest assured, high-frequency touchpoints will be regularly disinfected.


Get down to Docklands to get together and blow your mind at ArtVo. You won’t believe what your eyes reveal in this trick-art gallery full of optical illusions. The Fantasy theme takes you beneath the waves and to the polar ice caps. Into outer space, inside your dreams and into the forest.

Book your ticket for timed entry, and remember to social distance during your visit. And when you see a hand sanitiser station, use it.

A person in an art gallery


Please note that due to current circumstances, businesses may close or change their offering at short notice. Check venues’ websites or social media for the latest updates before you head out.