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Cheap Melbourne: Museums and galleries

Turn off the Discovery Channel and explore for real at one of these cheap museums and galleries around Melbourne
La Trobe Reading Room in State Library of Victoria
Photograph: Mark Chew
By Time Out editors |

The history of Melbourne goes way back and you don’t need to hit the history books to know it. Hit one (or more) of these places instead to learn about Melbourne's significant past and make a fun day out of it. 

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Cheap museums and galleries in Melbourne

Outside at Hellenic Museum
Photograph: Gordon Makryllos
Museums, History

Hellenic Museum

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Dedicated to the preservation of Greek culture, history and settlement in Australia, the Hellenic Museum is the product of one man's extraordinary private collection: art historian AD Trendall.

Victoria Police Museum
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Victoria Police Museum

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Stories about Melbourne's underworld, cunning criminals and the role Victoria's coppers have played in protecting our city throughout history abound at this free museum, which houses forensic evidence, crime scene photos and Kelly gang armour.

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State Library of Victoria

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Most exhibitions are free at the State Library of Victoria. When you're done browsing, lounge in the resplendent La Trobe Reading Room with a book in hand and congratulate yourself on being so cultured.

Melbourne Central Coop's Shot Tower
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Coops Shot Tower

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Located inside Melbourne Central, the Coops Shot Tower is one of only three 19th century shot towers remaining in Australia. The second level houses a small, free museum on the history of shot manufacture.

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RAAF Museum

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Over in Point Cook the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) Museum is on the site of the birthplace of the Australian Flying Corps and the RAAF.

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Birrarung Marr
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