Quality Hotel Downtowner on Lygon
66 Lygon Street
Melbourne, VI 3053
Phone: (61) 3 96635555
Fax: (61) 3 96623308
66 Lygon Street Carlton, Melbourne, VI, AU, 3053
- Phone: (61) 3 96635555
- Fax: (61) 3 96623308
Arts & Museums
Since the year 1992, Steps Gallery is owned and operated by Meat Industry Employee's Superannuation Fund. The place is used to showcase some beautiful artworks by upcoming and fine artists. The gallery is also given out on rent for private exhibitions and displays. You will get to see some unique works fine art works as well as 3D displays and sculptures that will floor you. A wonderful place for all those looking forward to explore the local art of the city.
Opened in 1841, Victoria's oldest surviving prison housed thousands of inmates over the years, including the infamous Ned Kelly who was hanged here in 1880. The architecture remains untouched, apart from a few modern conveniences. For braver souls, candlelight visits are also available. The gift shop sells a variety of Australian souvenirs as well as Kelly memorabilia. There is also a cafe nearby.
This is one of Australia's most exciting public art galleries, with a changing program of exhibitions of Australian and international contemporary art, design, craft, architecture and new media. The gallery also hosts open lectures, forums, and performances which contribute to the lively discussion and experience of contemporary culture. Exhibit include such varied areas as fashion photography, furniture design, architecture and pottery. You will find work by indigenous Australian artists, ethnic groups, and international cultural bodies. This gallery never fails to entertain and delight: well worth a visit.
One of the more exciting libraries you could ever visit, The Wheeler Center not only provides thousands upon thousands of books, but it is also a hub for many different artists who will entertain you at their 200 seat performance space. It is also worth mentioning that many different events and programs were organized here by the The Wheeler Center, and there are always new ones being added to their calendar. Be sure to check out their web site for more details, since each month there is something new to learn or experience.
Bunjilaka is a name derived from the local language and is a cultural center and museum that holds exhibits related to the aboriginals. The Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre is located within the larger premises of the Melbourne Museum, however it is solely dedicated to the local tradition. Besides holding exhibits that contain artifacts and items that are witness to the local history, there are also events that happen here regularly. The museum began with a smoking ceremony that is typical to the aboriginal culture and is believed to clear the evil spirits surrounding the land. Check website for more details.
The new Melbourne Museum tags itself as a museum for the 21st Century and reflects a move to merge major museums and galleries under one roof. Three particular focal points of the Melbourne Museum are: Bunjilaka, providing a focus for Aboriginal activity in Victoria; the Children's Museum, in the form of a tilted cube, and the open-air Gallery of Life, exhibiting Victoria's flora and fauna. Improved Internet access is also a key feature, providing better public access to superb collections, research, exhibitions and educational packages. Three theme cafe/restaurants provide refreshments.
In the heart of Melbourne's Chinatown, you will find the Chinese Museum that was established to document, preserve and display the history of Australians of Chinese descent. Australia's Chinese community shares its past, culture and values through an exciting range of changing exhibitions, audio-visual presentations, heritage tours and public seminars. Hosted here are a variety of exhibitions drawn from the museum's growing collection of antiques and social history artifacts. Temporary shows also include touring exhibitions from China, and the work of Chinese artists from Melbourne and around the world. A stimulating, vibrant and colorful museum; it is also the starting point for the Chinatown Heritage Tour. See website for complete visitor details.
Aboriginal artworks have gained popularity throughout the world and there is no better place to get an original piece of painting or glass art than this gallery. Aptly named Original and Authentic Aboriginal Art, the store holds informative talks on aboriginal culture and life that can be enlightening for art lovers. The regular monthly auctions of featured artist's paintings will get you an enviable deal.
Gallery Funaki is the sole Australian gallery which exhibits and specializes in contemporary international designer jewelry. Mari Funaki, renowned jewelry maker is the visionary of this unique gallery. The creations of artists from Europe, Asia and Australia can be found here. Exquisite pieces of artists like David Neale, Robert Baines, Alina Jay and many other talented designers are exhibited in the periodical exhibitions. Jewelry is not about accessories alone but its a beautiful visual art at this unique gallery.
A visit here will delight youngsters who want to grow up to be fire-fighters. The original headquarters of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade now houses a display showing the history of fire fighting in Melbourne. Adults too, will be interested in the horse drawn manual fire pumps and the old uniforms, helmets and fire engines. This is a display of state-of-the-art fire trucks. Here children can climb on the trucks and see the equipment in action.
Outre is a retail art gallery specializing in weird and unusual art. This encompasses underground and alternative styles. Outre also sells related books, postcards and paraphernalia.
Located in the University of Melbourne campus, the Medical History Museum offers an insight into Australia’s contribution to medical science. Its collection of over 5,000 items makes it one of the largest of its kind in the country. Take a tour of the museum and marvel at historic equipment and microscopes, amputation and surgery kits, as well as show globes. The Savory and Moore Pharmacy from London is recreated in its premises showcasing a quintessential 19th-century pharmacy. In addition, it host an array of interesting exhibitions and programs throughout the year.