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Hellenic Museum

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  • Melbourne
  1. Outside at Hellenic Museum
    Photograph: Gordon Makryllos
  2. A woman looks into a museum display case filled with ancient Greek helmets
    Photograph: Supplied
  3. Two women looking a golden goblet behind a Perspex box on a plinth
    Photograph: Dijana Risteska

Time Out says

Melbourne's old Royal Mint building is now a cornucopia of Hellenic art, history and culture

Did you know Melbourne is home to the largest Greek population in the world outside of Greece and Cyprus? People from Greece have been calling Melbourne home since the gold rush, so much so that our city even has a museum dedicated to Greek art and history.

The Hellenic Museum is Melbourne's go-to location to learn about Greek culture through a range of innovative program, events and exhibitions. Located at the old Royal Mint building on William Street, the museum features five permanent exhibitions (including Gods, Myths and Mortals from Athens' Benaki Museum) plus two touring exhibitions.

While some items at the museum date all the way back to Neolithic times, the Hellenic Musuem is also active in fostering Greek and non-Greek artists to explore and reimagine Greek culture through a contemporary lens – such as artists Sam Jinks' hyperreal sculpture 'The Messenger' (which is inspired by the Greek goddess Iris). 

In addition to its exhibitions, the museum also hosts events throughout the year, including live music, theatre, film and talks. 


280 William St
Nearby stations: Southern Cross
Opening hours:
Mon-Sun 10am-4pm
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