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Best Free Activities in Melbourne in Summer 2017

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“Creativity Is Intelligence Having Fun.” – Albert Einstein
Published January 13th 2017
Long list of FREE activities for a fun-filled summer
Best Free Activities in Melbourne in Summer 2017
By TigTab from Australia - Street art by Shepard Fairey and other works in Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Australia, CC BY 2.0

As the most liveable city in the world, Melbourne always has a wide array of free events, festivals and activities to entice the heart and mind of its inhabitants and visitors. Read on to learn about the plethora of free activities you can enjoy this summer making it your most memorable summer so far.

Arts Centre Melbourne
Arts Centre Melbourne is hosting some free events this summer to woo visitors. Visit their website and select the 'All free" category to search for free events to be enjoyed with family and friends.

Public Lectures

The University of Melbourne presents a number of free public lectures throughout the year. Topics vary widely and cover the fields of science, politics, law, theology and so forth. If the idea of sinking into a comfortable seat in a warm lecture theatre while letting your mind being enlightened and challenged by the speech of an academic appeals to you then this is for you. Discover titbits about the free public lectures and make bookings by going to Melbourne University's website.

Victoria Police Museum
Victoria Police Museum is another place you could go to get a glimpse into history, technology, forensic science, and operational policing. It is located at World Trade Centre, Mezzanine Level, 637 Flinders street (entrance via Siddeley Street). Admission is free and the opening hours are 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. Along with exhibitions of Ned Kelly's armour, photographs, forensic evidence and other relics of the past, there are police files on infamous goons which make for an interesting read. Missing it will be a crime indeed!

Guided tours

Explore our beautiful city and its surrounds by partaking in a free guided tour this summer. Educate yourself about the rich history of Melbourne and its inimitable landmarks. Think Parliament of Victoria, Melbourne's enigmatic laneways, Town Hall and so forth. Read Top 4 Free Guided Tours in Melbourne to learn about various free guided tours available.

State Library of Victoria
State Library of Victoria is home to an excellent array of free art exhibitions, seminars, tours, retro animation display and so on. Go here to enlighten yourself about all their free offerings.

Whether you are a nature-lover or a history buff, Melbourne has much to offer to sate your desire for beauty and knowledge. Pack a backpack with a light lunch and some water and trot off to do some healthy, enjoyable sightseeing. Walk around Melbourne CBD or catch one of the many free city trams and go on a mini adventure. Check out the iconic clocks of Melbourne by visiting this Weekendnotes article. Learn about some free tourist attractions in Melbourne by perusing The Essence of Melbourne - Top Melbourne Tourist Attractions.

National Gallery of Victoria
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Victoria's oldest public art gallery and has an extraordinary collection of more than 68,000 artworks and fascinating exhibitions. Entry to the NGV is free.

City of festivals, Melbourne is home to a horde of multicultural festivals year round. And summer is especially abuzz with numerous festivals. Visit the Weekendnotes website which is a one-stop for information on free festivals in Melbourne. Events like Australia Day Celebrations, White Night Melbourne, Moomba festival and Chinese New Year deserve special mention.

Best Free Activities in Melbourne in Summer 2017
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Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne stretches over 36 hectares and hosts more than 50,000 plants. A huge array of plant life, numerous events, unique tours make this stunning garden a source of pride for Melbourne. Free admission is available to all.

Grainger Museum
Grainger Museum welcomes everyone to revel in the wondrous collection, personal library and possessions of the eccentric Australian genius, Percy Aldridge Grainger. Situated at the University of Melbourne, Gate 13, Royal Parade, Parkville, this museum is open from Sunday to Friday from 12pm to 4pm. Entry is free. Discover more details by clicking here.

Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) offers refuge to the moving image of all forms from early cinema to contemporary cinema. ACMI awes and inspires with an abundance of free public activities and free exhibitions. Entry is free. ACMI is located at the Federation Square and is open daily, from 10am to 5pm.
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Why? To have a superb summer
When: Throughout summer
Where: In and around Melbourne
Cost: Free
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