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Published April 20th 2016
Have you experienced cultural Melbourne?
You've been to Melbourne and you've tried these amazing foods and a wonderful art scene and now it is time for something cultural.
Melbourne is filled with amazing cultural experiences and rather than struggling to find 7, it is more the case of having to narrow it down to only 7 for this article.
Perhaps you have your own ideas, but to get the ball rolling here are my top 7 cultural suggestions of things to do in Melbourne:
Feel like you are part of the past. At The Treasury Buildings you can discover Melbourne's beautiful 19th century public buildings with its original gold vaults and then see how Victoria was shaped by the gold rush and the Eureka Stockade.
The Treasury buildings are open to public viewing now and available for viewing historic documentation and records in the state archives. Entry is free and they are open from Sunday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. closed Saturdays.
Parliament House is one of Australia's oldest and most architecturally amazing buildings. When Parliament is sitting, you are welcome to enter and see Parliament in action. The Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly (the Houses) both have public galleries, which are open whenever the House is sitting.
They offer free guided tours on non sitting days, Monday to Friday but if you have a group of 6 or more you must book. On sitting days you can actually come in and see Parliament in action
Public tours are conducted Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Express tours at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. they are located on Spring Street East Melbourne
Old Postcard of Parliament House *Image Public Domain / Wikipedia
The amazing Shrine of Remembrance is an inspirational location where you can feel the past or learn about our soldiers who went off to war, perhaps experiencing life through their eyes. One of my favourite places here is the feeling of solitude of the sanctuary whilst looking at the memorials in the surrounding Parklands.
There are free guided tours starting at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and the remembrance Ray of Light ceremony is every half hour from 10:30 a.m. it is open daily with free admission, closed Good Friday and Christmas day and whilst entry is free, donations are most appreciated and welcome.
The Shrine of Remembrance is located at the corner of Birdswood Avenue and St Kilda Road (from Flinders street station, cross the bridge and walk straight ahead until you see it).
The State Library of Victoria is an inspirational building where you can visit Australia's oldest public library. Often there are buskers on the steps and on sunny days the people of Melbourne love to relax on the lawns at the front.
Very centrally located, it is a pleasant way to spend an hour or two. Regularly offered are free exhibitions along with a free tour daily. If you do not want to carry things with you, they have free lockers and Wi-Fi available - which is perfect for tourists.
The State Library of Victoria is located at 328 Swanston Street Melbourne opposite the Emporium shopping centre.
Victoria Police Museum shows a display of the largest collection of Kelly Gang armour in Australia. A part of Australia's history, right through to forensic evidence from some of Melbourne's most notorious crimes.
Above and Beyond: Honouring the Service and Sacrifice of Victorian Police during WW1 is currently showing with a display of service and the sacrifice of Victorian Police during World War 1. It is on display as a 100th anniversary commemorations of World War 1 with an insightful opportunity to share unique stories of Victoria Police officers both at war and at home.
Open: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Museum will be CLOSED on 25 April (ANZAC DAY). Normally Closed on Weekends and Public Holidays.
The Victoria Police Museum is located at: 637 Flinders Street, Melbourne, 3008 (enter via World Trade Centre in Siddeley Street).
The Melbourne Theatre Company offers Victoria's award winning productions all year round. There will always be a new performance available and visitors are encouraged to check the schedules. You can also discover what's on during your visit by popping in.
The Melbourne Theatre Company is located at 140 Southbank Boulevard, South Bank.
The Hellenic Museum is housed in the former royal mint buildings. Here you can travel through 8000 years of Greek history and experience the wealth and diversity that is the heart of the Hellenic Museum.
There are many programs and events throughout the year from History to live music and film.
The Hellenic Museum is open from Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm
Located at: at 280 William Street Melbourne (At the former Royal Mint, opposite Flagstaff station)
Do you have some other cultural experiences around Melbourne that you love to partake in? We would love to hear of your thoughts and ideas and perhaps make this cultural list even more comprehensive. Please use the comments box at the top of this article to share with us
Great list Lesley. My husband and I are going to spend a couple of days in town later this year. I'd love to see the Police Museum and I think he'd be rather interested in Parliament. The Melbourne Immigration Museum at 400 Flinders Street is also a great place to visit