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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Gasworks Arts Park is a wonderful non-profit arts center that offers an annual program of arts and community events, which includes over 100 drama productions, 380 individual performances and 24 visual arts exhibitions year after year. Set in lovely Albert Park, the other things that the arts park provides includes heaps of park land, two theaters, three gallery spaces, a cafe, and more. Check website for details on availability and prices for any event you desire.
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.
Suburban 312 gallery is one of the prime galleries in the city. The place opened its doors in the year 2003 and since then has become one of the best places in town. The gallery displays works by upcoming and famed artists. You can look at the works of Craig Wellington and Cheryl Petersen. To know more about the artwork being displayed here, or even to know more about the artists, check the website.
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.
Multicultural Melbourne has been created by people from all over the world. Whether they left their homelands by choice or by force, their experiences are relived at the Immigration Museum, beginning with the long sea voyage on a real sized boat, brought to life with true stories from past immigrants. The Museum is often used by researchers and schools to trace migratory patterns and family trees. The cafe and the gift shop will tempt you to prolong your visit.