Like most cities in the world, Melbourne has its share of museums covering art, history, culture and more; and many of the best ones won’t cost you a single dollar to enjoy. Here are just a few ideas for budget travelers who want to see the best fee museums in Melbourne.
Shot Tower Museum
Melbourne Central Shopping Centre
One of Melbourne’s most striking sights is the old shot tower (1890), which has been encased beneath a huge glass dome in Melbourne Central. The Shot Tower Museum is inside the R M Williams shop and contains old photos of Melbourne and details on how lead shot was made.
Victoria Police Museum
637 Flinders Street
Anyone with a fascination with crime and criminals through the ages will love this free museum near the World Trade Centre. See artifacts belonging to the notorious Ned Kelly Gang and details from over 150 years of stories and police investigations.
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
The fantastic Australian Centre for the Moving Image has a screen gallery and a large collection of exhibits on Australian screen-based art. It is free to visit ACMI but you will need to purchase tickets to attend any films and some events.
Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne
Swanston St, Parkville
This free art museum has a series of changing art exhibitions in a dedicated gallery. Collections include Australia art, archaeology, Indigenous cultural material and 20th century poster designs.
ANZ Banking Museum
380 Collins Street
The museum tells the story of Australia’s banking heritage through displays of items such as banknotes and coins, moneyboxes, firearms, gold-mining equipment and uniforms.
280 William Street
Housed in the original Royal Mint building (1869), this museum highlights Hellenic history and culture for Australian-Greeks and anyone with an interest in Greek art, culture and antiquities.
RAAF Museum, RAAF Williams
Point Cook Road, Point Cook
Catch the shuttle bus or drive to visit this museum, which is located in a working Royal Australian Air force base west of Melbourne. Interactive Flying Displays are presented every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 1pm and are also free.