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Grainger Museum

Architect: John Stevens Gawler

City of Melbourne | C40

The Grainger Museum, the only purpose-built autobiographical museum in Australia, is home to a fascinating collection of art, photographs, costumes, furniture and instruments acquired by Percy Grainger (1882–1961), an icon of 20th century Australian musical history. Housed in a simple Modernist building designed by the then University architect John Gawler, of the firm Gawler and Drummond, the Grainger Museum was constructed in two stages between 1935 and 1939. Percy Grainger involved himself in every aspect of its creation, from financing the construction to employing its first curator and setting up the early displays. He imagined a space where music and creativity was celebrated, and his own contributions to music were studied and understood completely. In 2003 the building was closed to the public and conservation works were undertaken under the supervision of heritage architects Lovell Chen, resulting in improved facilities for the collection, visitors and staff. The museum re-opened to the public in October 2010 with a vibrant new suite of exhibitions. It has since become a popular destination, attracting fans from around the world to its unusual and unique collections.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Special Note: Large or oversize bags must be stored at the entry desk

  • Tour Type: C40

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Education

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 1938, 2010

  • Transport: Tram stop 11: Royal Pde/ Genetics Ln on route 19


University of Melbourne Gate 13, Royal Parade, Parkville 3052, VIC


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