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Arts & Museums
Located at the birthplace of the Royal Australian Air Force, the museum incorporates multimedia technology to take visitors from the RAAF's World War I beginnings through to today. As a fully operational flying unit of the RAAF, the museum maintains a fleet of airworthy aircraft, which take to the skies on special days (aircraft include a Mustang, Harvard, Winjeel, Vampire, replica Fokker Triplamce and Sopwith Pup). History buffs will be fascinated by the collection of aircraft, uniforms, posters and other memorabilia on display. Admission is free. Guided tours are available for schools and groups during the week. Advance bookings are essential.
Perched on the riverside, Scienceworks hosts a remarkable range of exhibits including the Planetarium, Spotswood Pumping Station and Stayin' Alive. Visitors can compare their strength and stamina with famous Olympians (such as Cathy Freeman), explore the intricacies of the human body, take an interstellar trip where no man has gone before or wander through the huge range of permanent and temporary exhibits. Check the web site or phone for details of what is on. Geared towards families, this has free barbecue facilities and picnic areas.
Run by dedicated volunteers of the Williamstown Historical Society, Williamstown Museum is a tribute to the precinct's heyday in the late 1800's. Housed in the Mechanics Institute Building, a National Trust listed building: the museum's exhibition features maritime history, model ships, furniture, costumes and general exhibits relating to life in Williamstown from the time of the early settlements. While the official opening hours are quite limited, the historical society is happy to arrange group and school visits during the week. Call ahead to know more.
This historic Australian warship, commissioned in 1942 and built in Williamstown, now houses the Maritime Trust of Australia's fascinating maritime museum. Adults and older kids with a specific interest in naval warfare will find it hard to stick to the set path through historic posters, instruments, photographs and other memorabilia as the ship itself boasts historically significant weapons (best examined from the pier). The Maritime Trust is happy to organize group and school tours throughout the week. A great alternative to public transport is to catch the ferry from Southgate to Williamstown.
The Customs House, built between 1873 and 1875, indicates the importance of shipping in Williamstown in the late 1800s: it is where large vessels were able to unload cargo. Today this beautifully restored building in the heart of the historic waterfront precinct houses a gallery featuring both original contemporary and traditional art. In addition to the three individual gallery spaces with monthly exhibits, there is also a range of Australian designer and estate jewelery for sale, along with sculpture, ceramics, textiles, glass and contemporary design wares. There is even a fully licensed restaurant for the tired and hungry tourist!
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.
Brightly coloured tapestries hang from the walls and artists wander in regularly for workshops, just as they have done for countless millennia. The Koori Heritage Trust Inc. safeguards a way of life that was born in the Stone Age and survived the onslaught of the white invader.There are many artefacts, weapons, utensils and other memorabilia on display as well as Koori artists hard at work on selected days. With the gift shop selling a range of books and memorabilia, the Koori Heritage Trust is a first stop for anyone wanting to learn more about Australia's true cultural roots.
If you are interested in purchasing paintings, but are weary of the hefty price tags, Port Art Gallery is the place for you to go to. This art gallery showcases and sells artwork by amateur and professional artists at reasonable rates. On display are contemporary, modernist and surreal paintings. There is a special dedicated space for kids art that is beautiful and sure to brighten your kids room. If you are interested in learning about the finer nuances of art, the gallery also hosts workshops that are conducted in the studio area by the resident artist, Jennifer Webb. If you want to get a work framed, Port Art Gallery offers framing services as well. To know more about the works displayed here, check the website.
Melbourne Art Rooms, also known as MARS, is a great place to admire contemporary artworks. Melbourne has some of the best contemporary artists the country has ever seen, hence you will get to witness the chef d'oevres of geniuses like Julie Irving, Joanne Mott, Bronek Kozka and the likes. If you are a lover of the contemporary arts, then a visit to the Melbourne Art Rooms (MARS) is a must. For further details on upcoming exhibitions do visit their website.
The Victoria Police Museum showcases the work of the state's police force since its beginnings in 1853. Highlights include old and modern police equipment such as the first breath analyzer machine, old uniforms, a fingerprint display, a motorcycle, communications equipment and the noted bush ranger Ned Kelly's armor, along with his signature in a watch house book. Students and researchers are invited to take advantage of the historical records kept on site. The gift shop sells police literature and memorabilia.
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.
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.