We've all heard of the big museums, and have been to them countless times, and are a tad bored of them. Lucky for us, Melbourne boasts plenty of obscure museums, which may not be as well-known but are often fascinating. Unfortunately, they can also be difficult to find, as they often don't have the big advertising budgets and people-pleaser exhibitions that the Melbourne Museum can afford. Here are a few quirky museums I've found out about- if you know of any others, leave a comment and share it with us.
ANZ Banking Museum The ANZ Banking Museum in the stunning Gothic Bank building details the history of currency, banking and of course the ANZ bank itself in Australia. Each wall is a full-colour display, with paraphernalia including antique currencies and moneyboxes. While the museum is contained in a single room, there is plenty to see and learn for children and adults alike.
The ANZ Banking Museum is a full-colour educational experience
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm Cost: Free Location: 380 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000.
Charlie's Arthurs Seat Auto Museum Vintage vehicles amass at Charlie's Arthurs Seat Auto Museum, which boasts a collection of over fifty unique cars and motorbikes. Other artefacts such as old petrol bowsers and car badges add to the experience.
Opening hours: Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 4:30pm Cost: $8.50 adults/$4.50 children/$26 family
Location: 175 Purves Road, Arthurs Seat 3936.
Hellenic Museum Melbourne's Greek heritage is celebrated at the Hellenic Museum. A collection of remnants from Ancient Greece, including urns and vases, are featured in the permanent exhibition alongside historically noteworthy items of the first Greek community in Melbourne, such as old newspapers and photographs. Temporary exhibitions also come to the Hellenic Museum, such as a collection of model boats which can be viewed until the end of February 2012.
The Hellenic Museum invites visitors to learn about Melbourne's Greek heritage.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm
Location: 280 William Street, Melbourne 3000.
National Sports Museum
Featuring exhibits on football, cricket, the Olympics and more, the National Sports Museum delves in Australia's sporting history. Highlights include the holograms of Shane Warne and James Hird, and the interactive sporting hall in which you are invited to test your kicking, running, and coordination skills against those of famous sportspeople.
Opening hours: 7 days, 10am to 5pm
Cost: $15 adult/$11 concession/$50 family
Location: MCG, 120 Brunton Avenue, Jolimont 3002.
Delve into Australia's air force history at the RAAF Museum, a little-known wealth of information and old aircraft. The museum is huge and comprised of exhibits on aspects of the RAAF you've probably never even thought of, like their specialised medical service and the role of their chaplains. If you're lucky, you'll see aircraft in operation and get the chance to chat to pilots. Guided tours are available from Tuesday to Friday. If you're a pilot yourself, you can arrange prior to your visit to fly in to the base.
The RAAF Museum.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 3pm; weekends and public holidays 10am to 5pm.
Location: RAAF Williams Base, Point Cook Road, Point Cook 3030.