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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

Photograph: Mark Chew

Cheap museums and galleries in Melbourne


Hellenic Museum

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.

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Coops Shot Tower

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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Victoria Police Museum

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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RAAF Museum

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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Point Cook

State Library of Victoria

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.

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By: Time Out editors