Arts and Culture in Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne is rivalled by only Sydney as the beating heart of Australian arts and cultural life. While Sydney may have the Opera House and some important national museums, Melbourne makes up for it with a myriad of contemporary galleries, the internationally-lauded National Gallery of Victoria and a bustling theatre district.

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Haunting Pentridge Prison Ghost Tour
$48 - $96
Haunting Pentridge Prison Ghost Tour

Coburg, VIC 3058

Melbourne Night Photography Course
$109
Melbourne Night Photography Course

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Spine-Chilling Homestead Ghost Tour in Point Cook
$36 - $96
Spine-Chilling Homestead Ghost Tour in Point Cook

Point Cook, VIC 3030

Historic Whiskey & Gin Bar Tour in Melbourne
$155 - $170
Historic Whiskey & Gin Bar Tour in Melbourne

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Melbourne's Boozy Tales and Hidden Bars Tour
$130
Melbourne's Boozy Tales and Hidden Bars Tour

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Old Melbourne Historic Ghost Tour
$36 - $150
Old Melbourne Historic Ghost Tour

Melbourne, VIC 3000

 Historic Homestead Ghost Tour in Altona
$36 - $96
Historic Homestead Ghost Tour in Altona

Altona, VIC 3018

Explore Melbourne’s Famous Arcades
$82.50 - $110
Explore Melbourne’s Famous Arcades

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Old Williamstown Historical Ghost Tour
$36 - $150
Old Williamstown Historical Ghost Tour

Williamstown, VIC 3016

Creepy Tales and Hidden Bars Tour
$120 - $130
Creepy Tales and Hidden Bars Tour

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Foodie Discovery Walking Tour - The Best of Melbourne
$109
Foodie Discovery Walking Tour - The Best of Melbourne

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Busking Melbourne Music Tour
$119
Busking Melbourne Music Tour

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Golden Tour of Sovereign Hill & Ballarat Wildlife Park
$205
Golden Tour of Sovereign Hill & Ballarat Wildlife Park

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Freehand Workshop so you can Create Your Own Street Art
$129 - $238
Freehand Workshop so you can Create Your Own Street Art

West Melbourne, VIC 3003

Bargains & Bubbles Outlet Shopping Tour
$111.75 - $149
Bargains & Bubbles Outlet Shopping Tour

Melbourne, VIC 3004

 Private Photography Workshop in Melbourne
$299 - $798
Private Photography Workshop in Melbourne

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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These impressive facilities are complemented by the city’s infinite dining options and inspiring laneways. It’s a city where art is firmly at the forefront and every night presents a new experience to be had. Read on for further information about the key attractions, cultural enclaves and events in Melbourne and experience more of this exciting city with Amazed!

Melbourne Art Centre

Arts Centre Melbourne, home to the State Theatre, Hamer Hall and nearby Sidney Myer Music Bowl, has played host to innumerable theatre events and concerts in its nearly 50-year history. The Arts Centre is easily identified - just look for the iconic Arts Centre spire which rises 115 metres over the theatres and cultural facilities below. 

Melbourne Theatre

Melbourne’s theatre district, locally known as “the East End”, is the vibrant epicentre of the city’s cultural life. Major theatres in the East End include the Princess Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre, the Regent Theatre, the Forum Theatre, the Comedy Theatre and the Athenaeum Theatre. Several of the East End theatres date back to Melbourne’s time as the capital of the former colony of Victoria. Completed in the opulent “Second Empire” style, the theatres are cultural icons in themselves and some of the best-preserved examples of Second Empire architecture outside Europe. Major productions of hit musicals run year-round in the East End, meaning no matter the time of year you visit Melbourne there is sure to be excellent theatre to be had! Outside the East End, a quick trip across the Yarra will lead you to the Southbank Arts Precinct, where public-funded companies also stage major theatre productions to local and visiting audiences alike. 

Melbourne Cultural Events

Melbourne has a diverse array of cultural events occurring year-round - from film festivals to art installations, street festivals and interactive exhibitions. There are also annual events like the Writer’s Festival and the International Comedy Festival. Melbourne is, after all, a designated UNESCO city of literature. As one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Melbourne’s art and cultural life are showcased in the many events staged by local community groups, often in conjunction with the city itself. 

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