Activities & Tours

Melbourne is packed with attractions, from laid-back laneways and lush parks to grand libraries and museums, all wrapped up in a vibrant atmosphere. Melbourne is also a foodie destination, with everything from burger joints to swish eateries with big-name chefs, and thriving bar scene.

To find out What’s on in Melbourne during the conference visit www.whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au.

Pre / Post Activities

Victoria’s museums and galleries offer diverse and fascinating collections and exhibits. From historic homes to large state organisation, Indigenous keeping places, historical societies, and regional galleries, our museums hold millions of stories for you to explore. You can discover over 100 Victorian museums and galleries using our online map.

 

 At Sovereign Hill, the story of an important time and place in Australian history lives on. Named Australia’s best major attraction, step back in time to 1850s Ballarat where costumed characters share tales and trades. Also, visit the Gold Museum, which is presenting a stunning exhibition of Victorian costume. Situated in the historic town of Ballarat only an hour away from Melbourne. www.thestoryliveson.com.au

 

Tours

Bookings for these tours are now possible when you register for the conference.

We would like to thank the Melbourne Museum, Grainger Museum, MESS Foundation, RMIT Design Archive, City of Melbourne, Duldig Studio, Queen Victorian Market, Johnston Collection, Museum Historians National Network, the Medical History Museum at the University of Melbourne and the Public Record Office Victoria, who have helped to organise these tours.

Monday: Duldig Studio tour and sculpture workshop

Monday: Dark History Tour of Melbourne

Tuesday: Grainger Museum and MESS combined tour of historic instrument collections and exhibition

Tuesday: Arts Centre Australian Music Vault tour

Tuesday: The Johnston Collection: Patterns of Collecting (bookings for this tour are to be made directly – please call 9416 2515)

Wednesday: Melbourne Museum behind-the-scenes Tour 1

Wednesday: Melbourne Museum behind-the-scenes Tour 2

Wednesday: Tour of the Victorian Archives Collection

Thursday: Queen Victoria Market private tasting tour

Thursday: RMIT Design Archives – a tour of the Archive

Thursday: Central city sculpture tour (City of Melbourne)

Thursday: Tour of the Art of Healing

 

 

Monday: Duldig Studio tour and sculpture workshop

Monday 4 June 2018, 1:30pm (3 hours)
$77 per person inc. GST

Sittingroom, Duldig Studio with Viennese furniture, 1931 © Duldig Studio

Duldig Studio showcases works of art by the European refugee and internationally acclaimed sculptor Karl Duldig (1902-1986) and his wife, the artist and inventor Slawa Horowitz- Duldig (1902-1975). In their former home sculptures, drawings, paintings and decorative arts tell the story of lucky escape and internment and their creative lives in Vienna, Singapore, Tatura and Melbourne.

The tour will include a viewing of the original house with its rooms of art and Viennese modernist furniture, artists’ studio and sculpture garden and current exhibition SLAWA modernist art and design as well as hands-on sculpture workshop with the Studios’ resident sculptor Stefan Damschke. Refreshments provided.

 

Monday: Dark History Tour of Melbourne

Monday 4 June 2018, 12:45pm (5 hours), includes afternoon tea
$50 for Historians, $60 for Non-members inc. GST

Join the hosts of Melbourne’s Dead & Buried Podcast for a walking tour through Melbourne’s underground history and uncover stories of crime, punishment, love, loss and civil disobedience.
The tour will finish at the State Library of Victoria in time for the Welcome Reception. Please wear comfortable shoes. Presented by Museum Historians National Network.

 

Tuesday: Grainger Museum and MESS combined tour of historic instrument collections and exhibition

Tuesday 5 June 2018, 11:00am (1.5 hours)
Free of charge for conference delegates

EMS VCS3 analogue synthesizers, designed in 1969, at the Melbourne Electric Sound Studio. Photography Amber Haines.

Combined tour of the Grainger Museum exhibition ‘Synthesizers: Sound of the Future’, followed by a tour of the MESS collection of synthesizers at the Meat Market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday: Arts Centre Australian Music Vault tour

Tuesday 5 June 2018, 2:00pm (2 hours)
Free of charge for conference delegates

This special tour of the recently launched Australian Music Vault at Arts Centre Melbourne will provide a unique curator’s insight into the many facets of this ground-breaking project. The Australian Music Vault champions innovation and has pushed curatorial and creative boundaries to realise a permanent home for Australian music. Find out more about the project’s conception and creative drivers, the importance of building connections with musicians and industry partners, the realisation of display and digital innovations, as well as the inevitable challenges faced during the evolution project.

 

 

The Johnston Collection: Patterns of Collecting | From the Bower @ The Johnston Collection

Tuesday 5 June 2018, 12:00pm (1.5 hours)
Free of charge for conference delegates
Meeting place: The foyer of the Pullman on the Park Hotel, 192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne.

To book call Johnston Collection on 9416 2515 and mention that you are attending the Museums Galleries Australia National Conference 2018.

Deborah Klein – Hair Ornaments, tortoiseshell, bakelite and plastic – dimensions variable, courtesy of artist
Carole Wilson – Urn 1 hand cut maps on paper – 700x480mm, courtesy of the artist

An artist’s installation by guest curator, Carole Wilson, as part of our ongoing ‘house of ideas’ series. This exhibition will present artwork and items from the personal collections of four contemporary Victorian artists: Loris Button, Deborah Klein, Louise Saxton and Carole Wilson. The artists are linked by their studio practice, their regional locations and connections and their love of gleaning. Their studio collections range from curiosities, natural history specimens, memorabilia, discarded books and china, domestic textiles, carpet and linoleum, and old tools of trade.

The Johnston Collection is a multi award-winning and critically acclaimed museum, that invites creatives from the broader visual arts and design communities to re-interpret the Collection. The museum offers special tours, study days and lectures throughout the year, sharing stories and inspiring communities. Since 1990 the museum has provided visitors, from near and far, with transformative exhibition and learning experiences enabling them to discover, experience and engage with artists, objects and ideas through dynamic temporary programs based on its permanent collection. The Johnston Collection was bequeathed by William Johnston (1911-1986) as a gift to the people of Victoria and is administered as an independent not-for-profit, for cultural value museum by The W R Johnston Trust.

This tour is also available on Monday 4, Tuesday 5 (10:00am and 2:00pm), Wednesday 6, Thursday 7 and Friday 8 June 2018 at a cost – $25 (adult), $23 (concession inc. seniors) inc. GST.

Three tours will run per day at 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm (1.5 hours per tour) – click here to book online. Please note that booking fees will apply.

 

Wednesday: Melbourne Museum behind-the-scenes Tour 1

Wednesday 6 June 2018, 2:15pm for a 2:30pm tour start (1 hour)
Free of charge for conference delegates

Guests receiving a tour of the DNA Biobank lab led by Joanna Sumner at a donor event at Melbourne Museum.

Melbourne Museum behind-the-scenes tour Entomology & Marine Invertebrates – explore behind the scenes, meet the scientists and curators and discover the unseen world of some of the museum’s 17 million items.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday: Melbourne Museum behind-the-scenes Tour 2

Wednesday 6 June 2018, 2:15pm for a 2:30pm tour start (1 hour)
Free of charge for conference delegates

Guests receiving a tour of the Preparatory lab at a donor event at Melbourne Museum.

Melbourne Museum behind-the-scenes tour Vertebrate and taxidermy mounts collection (Birds and Mammals) – explore behind the scenes, meet the scientists and curators and discover the unseen world of some of the museum’s 17 million items.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday: Tour of the Victorian Archives Collection

Wednesday 6 June 2018, 2:15pm for a 2:30pm tour start (1 hour)
Free of charge for conference delegates

Leigh Kinrade guiding guests around the Repository of Public Record Office Victoria in North Melbourne.

As a curator or researcher into Australian History, a tour of the historical public archives of Victoria is a must! Tour beyond the Get Smartsecurity doors, through the air locks of history into the repository. Who knows what you might encounter among the 100 kilometres of records and 180 years of history. You’ll be guaranteed plenty of pause for thought as you see links to your own life and those of famous Victorians.

 

 

Thursday: Queen Victoria Market private tasting tour

Thursday 7 June 2018, 11:00am (2 hours)
$59 per person inc. GST

On your guided 2-hour wander through our heritage-listed food halls, you will visit some of the Queen Victoria Market‘s best food traders, indulging in an abundance of food as you go. On the menu is the freshest seafood, specialty cheeses, cured meats, delicious antipasto, seasonal fruit and Victorian wine. You’ll round off your visit with one of Melbourne’s famous food icons: a hot jam doughnut.
You will discover amazing stories about the Market’s history, learn secret shopping tips and get to know our beloved traders who have built the Queen Vic Market into the ultimate destination for foodies.

Inclusions:
• Guided tour with generous tastings (enough for lunch!)
• Queen Victoria Market shopping bag
• $5 Queen Victoria Market shopping voucher

 

Thursday: RMIT Design Archives – a tour of the Archive

Thursday 7 June 2018, 11:00am (1.5 hours)
Free of charge for conference delegates

Georgina Matherson, photographer, RMIT Design Archives, designed by Sean Godsell Architects in Association with Peddle Thorp Architects, 2012.

The RMIT Design Archives (RDA) holds a unique place among Australia’s collecting institutions for its exclusive focus on design practice across all disciplines. From automotive to fashion and architecture the Archives holds exemplary collections of some of Melbourne’s most important and influential post-war designers and it is through their records that we can begin to reveal the ‘archaeology’ of a creative city. This session will involve a tour of the archive, and an introduction to its collections and programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday: Central city sculpture tour (City of Melbourne)

Thursday 7 June 2018, 11:00am (75 minutes)
Free of charge for conference delegates

Starting at Melbourne’s most controversial sculpture of the 20th century, Ron Robertson-Swann’s ‘Vault’ (aka the Yellow Peril), this walking tour will view a range of public artworks. The tour will be led by City of Melbourne collection manager Eddie Butler-Bowdon, possibly aided by Paola Balla (Wemba Wemba and Gunditjmara). A special focus will be works that relate directly or indirectly to Melbourne’s Aboriginal past. Highlights include the City’s most recent work, ‘Standing By Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner’ (2016), by Brook Andrew and Trent Walter, which honours two freedom fighters who were publicly executed in Franklin Street in 1842; another is the Batman Monument with its gilded inscription that John Batman ‘founded’ Melbourne on land which ‘was then unoccupied’.

 

 

Thursday: Tour of the Art of Healing

Thursday 7 June 2018, 11:00am (45 minutes)
Free of charge for conference delegates

Judith Pungkarta Inkamala (b. 1948) skin: Pungkarta language: Western Arrernte country: Ntaria, Northern Territory artist location: Ntaria (Hermannsburg), Northern Territory Bush medicine, 2017 terracotta and underglaze 43.0 × 31.0 × 31.0 cm (variable) MHM2017.17, Medical History Museum © Images and text are copyright Hermannsburg Potters Aboriginal Corporation, and may not be reproduced in any form without written permission of the artist.

Guided tour of The art of healing: Australian Indigenous bush medicine exhibition by Senior Curator, Jacqueline Healy.

medicalhistorymuseum.mdhs.unimelb.edu.au