Cost: Free (some exhibitions require a fee) Details: Resembling a huge fortress next door to the Arts Centre Melbourne, this gallery is the oldest and the most visited gallery in the whole country! The collection includes more than 68,000 pieces featuring art from ancient civilizations, contemporary art from all over the world including Australia exhibitions. Be sure to check out the world's largest stained-glass ceiling in the Great Hall, which is often referred to as the Persian Rug of Light. Click here for website. 2. Australian Centre of Contemporary Art When: Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-5pm (Closed Anzac Day, Christmas Day & Boxing Day)
Where: 111 Sturt St, Southbank Cost: Free Details: The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is the only public gallery in Australia that focuses on commissioning rather than collecting. It is also home to the Vault, infamously called the "Yellow Peril"- a controversial artwork still sparkling debate about public art in Australia. Click here for website.
When: All year round: 10am-4:30pm (Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day)
Where: 2 Booker St, Spotswood
Cost: Entry to Scienceworks only Adults: $14pp, Children under 16yrs: Free & entry to Planetarium and Lighting Room: $10pp
Details: A visit to the Scienceworks is like slipping through a scientific looking-glass into a world of gigantic machines and immersive displays. There is plenty to see and experience including the Planetarium, live show in the Lightning Room and more exciting attractions. Click here for website.
4. Immigration Museum
When: All year round: 10am-5pm (Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day)
Where: 400 Flinders St, Melbourne
Cost: Adults: $14pp & Children free
Details: Set over two floors and a spectacular Tribute Garden, this museum features stories of people of Victoria- a complex cultural tapestry hailing from more than 200 countries. There are permanent exhibitions on display. Click here for website.
5. Australian Centre for Moving Image
When: All year round: 10am-5pm (Closed Christmas Day)
Where: Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne
Cost: Free - fees apply for cinema programs, ticketed exhibitions and other events.
Details: This cultural icon museum features exciting international exhibitions, permanent fixtures including Games Lab, Screen Worlds, natural screen culture, Ian Potter Centre and more. Click here for website.