Finders Street Station by night. Photo: Tourism Australia

Melbourne's culture

Melbourne is the cultural heart of Australia. Melbourne's culture is not just about museums and galleries, but sports events, theatre, festivals, parks and gardens. Look around, you're surrounded by the local Melbourne culture. Do some people watching, wander through the laneways and check out the street art and graffiti, or book tickets for a sports event.

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Museums and galleries

Melbourne's Block Arcade
Wander through the Block Arcade. Photo: Visit Victoria
  • Melbourne's many laneways and arcades are outdoor museums and galleries filled with history, street art and graffiti. Discover Melbourne’s historic cobblestone laneways filled with fashion boutiques, shops, restaurants and cafes. Get lost as you explore Russell Place, Degraves Street, Flinders Lane or the mouthwatering Hardware Lane. Tour the laneways at your own pace or book a guided tour

  • ​The National Gallery of Victoria displays a huge collection of Australian and international exhibitions like Monet’s Garden and Melbourne Now.  
  • ​Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) is exhibits challenging, innovative and creative contemporary visual art by living artists from around the world.
  • No Vacancy gallery showcases both solo and group of exhibitions ranging from live music fashion runway to performance and major installation works. 
Melbourne's galleries and museums
Check out the many galleries and museums.
Photo: Visit Victoria

Check out the many FREE museums & galleries

  • Visit the Old Treasury Building and explore original gold vaults where gold bullion was stored during Australia’s gold rush era, old public records of Melbourne prisoners, and film exhibitions of Melbourne’s early days. 
  • The Victoria Police Museum give a glimpse of real crime scene investigations and life for police officers in the 1800s. See the Kelly Gang amour as well Melbourne’s underworld figures that lurked on the street in the 1920s. 
  • The Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square focuses solely on local art including collections by major Aboriginal artists.
  • The Centre for Contemporary Photography displays the very best local, interstate and international photography. 

Parks, gardens and water

  • Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens and take the Aboriginal heritage walk with Indigenous guides showing you the traditional uses of the native plants.

  • Visit Southbank - Melbourne's waterfront hub - which is filled with public art, cafes, restaurants, shops, cruises and water taxis.

  • Head to Docklands for a picnic overlooking the marina.
  • ​Jump on a tram and head to St Kilda beach to feel the sand between your toes.


Enjoy the beautiful parks and gardens. Photo: Visit Victoria

Explore St Kilda. Photo: Tourism Australia

Melbourne's sporting culture

Melbourne loves its sports so there is always something happening, from the Australian Open Tennis to the Formula 1 Grand Prix, and AFL football.

Please note, Australian Football League (AFL) is more than a game, it's Melbourne's game. Melbourne owns this football code, and it is played between March and September.