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Arts & Museums
It may have been built in the 19th century, but the views from this miniature observatory are timeless. Originally constructed to photograph the transit of Venus, it now opens regularly to the public for viewings of the moon and planets. Once inside, sit on one side of the dome and murmur a message to a friend on the other. The acoustic properties make your voice seem to jump right into your buddy's ear. When the observatory's closed, you can view it from the outside while eating at the nearby Observatory Cafe.
South Yarra Art House Gallery is a wonderful gallery that showcases fine artwork and painting exhibitions by local upcoming artists. Besides, the gallery also offers framing services. Browse leisurely through the works to get a peek into the local artwork or simply take back a pretty picture home. To know the schedule of the exhibits here, check the website.
Gould Galleries are a branch of art galleries owned by Rob Gould. The gallery in Melbourne usually has a wide range of exhibitions ranging from paintings to drawings and more. The gallery offer their consultancy to other art institutes in promoting and managing artworks. A must visit for those who are interested in a place which reflects the diversity of art. For further information, do visit their website.
Located in the heart of the artistic district, Mossgreen Gallery is an absolute must go for all art lovers. Spread over three floors, this luxurious gallery showcases artwork by famed and upcoming local artists. On display are works by some international painters as well. Make sure to check out the sculptures that are made by some regular in-house artists. Mossgreen Gallery also auctions artwork regularly should you be interested in a buy. The Gallery gives you a small peak into the local artistic trends.
The Australian Center for Contemporary Art is situated in park lands near the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is a modern art space presenting Australian and international cutting-edge contemporary art. As well as painting, sculpture and photography, the visitor will find exhibitions in a wide range of media and creative forms. Video and electronic imaging and new developments in sound, movement and popular culture are always featured. Stimulate your senses and challenge your view of what art can be by exploring this exciting gallery space.
Located beside the Victorian Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria has been the focus for the local arts community for years. Its world renowned collection of European Masters includes Rembrandt, van Dyck, Picasso, Monet and Turner. A fine display of contemporary Aboriginal art sits alongside works by famous Australian artists such as Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Albert Tucker. The redeveloped gallery will include a new water wall, a Federation Hall and the Grimwade Gardens. It will also boast better physical access, teaching facilities and an improved range of eateries.
The Jewish Museum is a modern museum set up to conserve and exhibit Jewish heritage, custom, religious practice and arts. Interactive displays are used to tell the unique story of Jewish life in Australia. Other permanent exhibitions are The Jewish Year; Belief and Ritual; and The Timeline of Jewish History. Temporary exhibitions tell remarkable and moving personal stories, show beautiful works of art and explore the history and lives of Jewish people throughout the world. The museum shop has a wide selection of books, gifts and unique finely crafted 'Judaica' by Australian artists. The museum also has a function room with full kosher catering as well as private guided tours of the exhibitions.
Pasquale's Gallery is very popular among art enthusiasts for the wonderful contemporary artwork it showcases. The gallery holds some rare artwork by Pasquale which is a treat for the eye. The artist deals with several themes including the urban life and mystical art. With a great decor and lights, the pieces here are sure to mesmerize you. To get a preview of the works here, check the website.
The Australian Gallery of Sport preserves records of the country's sporting heroes, from Olympians and footballers, to the great Aussie cricketer Sir Donald Bradman. Australian Rules football fans can take part in interactive displays to test their knowledge and patriotic sports lovers can browse the memorabilia of Australia's Olympians, in the same stadium that hosted the 1956 Games. The permanent exhibitions include the Cricket Hall of Fame, Aussie Rules Football Exhibition and the Olympic Museum. The gift shop sells sporting souvenirs and literature.
The National Sports Museum is located in the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the north eastern sector of the new stand. This museum exhibits the sports memorabilia awarded to Australian sports men and women all at one place. Achievement of success in sports is celebrated, thereby inspiring the Australian youth to set definite goals, achieve them with fair play and win laurels. The country's sporting heritage is preserved and appreciated in this one-of-a-kind museum.
Gunter Christmann, Yvonne Kendall, Rick Amor, Samuel Namunjdja and more are the names you will get to hear at the Niagara Galleries. The Niagara Galleries is dedicated to artists who have a fresh, new perspective of modern day art. The permanent and temporary exhibits including paintings and sculptures depict various aspects of life which are interesting to admire. To know more about Niagara Galleries do visit their website.
Located at the bustling Federation Square, you have to visit Ian Potter to get a glimpse of Australian Treasures. The building is a beautiful glass matrix structure which is visually appealing in itself. Housed here are beautiful paintings of Australian artists like Barak, Judy Watson, Emily Kngwarray and Uta Uta Tjangala. Known to be the first gallery dedicated to Australian Art, the center has regular exhibitions on a number of themes. A permanent exhibition of Aboriginal and Tiwi Islands artists is on display here.