Four seasons in one day—that's what they say about Melbourne. But no matter what the weather is outside, that shouldn’t stop you from getting out and exploring the city. There are plenty of indoor attractions to explore.
Melbourne has some fantastic museums which are interesting and educational. At Melbourne Museum you can learn about Australian social history, Indigenous cultures, science and the environment.
Scienceworks is the perfect place to learn more about how all sorts of things work. At the Immigration Museum you can explore Melbourne’s history through stories of people from across the world who have migrated to Victoria.
The National Sports Museum spotlights Australian football, cricket, Olympic Games, horseracing and many other sports. The Old Melbourne Gaol is one of Melbourne’s oldest surviving buildings. Step inside this imposing bluestone institution, a site of over 130 hangings, and enter a world where some of Australia’s most infamous criminals were held, including bushranger Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor.
Old Treasury Building at the top end of Collins Street is widely regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia. Designed by 19-year-old architect JJ Clark and built between 1858 and 1862, the building houses the original gold vaults where gold bullion was stored during the gold rush era, as well as rare and historic documents from Public Record Office Victoria highlighting key moments from Victoria’s history. Here you’ll find several permanent and temporary exhibitions.
The State Library of Victoria is another place to learn more about Victoria’s history. The Library’s collection goes well beyond books. It holds thousands of significant items reflecting Victoria’s cultural and social heritage, including historical documents such as John Batman’s journal, unique objects such as Ned Kelly’s armour, and paintings such as William Strutt’s “Black Thursday, February 6th, 1851.”
A visit to one of Melbourne's art galleries is also both warming and culturally enlightening. Visit the National Gallery of Victoria and you’ll see works by international and Australian artists, both historic and contemporary.
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image is home to interactive exhibitions, video installations and screenings.
Taking in a show is another great way to be entertained indoors. Our theatres are full of great productions from musicals and ballets to theatre. See what's playing at our major theatres including the Princess Theatre and the Regent Theatre. Arts Centre Melbourne’s theatres are a hive of activity with numerous companies performing, including The Australian Ballet, Bell Shakespeare and the Production Company while the Melbourne Theatre Company is staging several plays at Southbank Theatre.
Melbourne truly delivers, and you don't even need to step outside to see it!