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A Guide to The Arts Precinct in Melbourne

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
Always on the hunt for creative, fun, and interesting places, events, and experiences.
Published May 8th 2013
Discover the Arts Precinct
There is plenty to do and see in the Arts Precinct in Melbourne, and it is perfect for an afternoon stroll in the colder months, or a night out enjoying The Arts.

The Melbourne Arts Precinct is a series of galleries, performance spaces, and venues just south of the Melbourne CBD. The area also includes several important studios, schools, and institutions that encourage The Arts in Melbourne. The precinct is accessible by tram or on foot, and runs along Sturt Street, St Kilda Road and on to Federation Square (which also contains several other galleries and arts venues).

ACCA, Malthouse, Sturt Street
Sturt Street, Arts Precinct

Some of the most notable venues are Hamer Hall, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and the Malthouse Theatre. Other venues in the precinct include the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, and the Melbourne Recital Centre.

1. Hamer Hall

Hamer Hall is the largest venue in the Arts Centre complex, and is used for orchestral performances. It was opened in 1982, and recently went through a major renovation.

Hamer Hall
Hamer Hall

2. National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

The National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road was designed by Sir Roy Grounds and opened in 1968. It has an amazing coloured stain glass roof, and a range of contemporary and classical art.

National Gallery of Victoria
National Gallery of Victoria

3. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)

ACCA is a contemporary art gallery in Sturt Street, and was built in 2002. The gallery has four exhibition spaces, and a courtyard at the centre that creates an ampitheatre. There is also a small cafe.

ACCA, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
ACCA, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

4. Malthouse Theatre

Malthouse Theatre is next to ACCA and was originally a brewery. It is now used as a contemporary theatre space, and has a bar and cafe.

Malthouse Theatre
Malthouse Theatre
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Why? The Arts Precinct is a great way to spend time indoors in the colder months.
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