Selection of framed colour photographs on display as part of the picture racks in the City of Melbourne's Art and Heritage Collection store. Photographs featured are by various artists and include streetscapes, cityscapes and portraits.
Display of objects relating to Melbourne's Moomba festival in the City of Melbourne's Art and Heritage Collection store. Carpet on floor is red and shutters behind objects are dark brown wood. At the centre is the Mikoshi shrine and is brown and red in colour with gold bird detailing. On the left is a light blue and gold Moomba Queen crown, robe and portrait of a Moomba queen. On the right side is a purple and gold Moomba King crown, robe and portrait of a Moomba King. Both crowns are displayed on high stands.
Display of street art objects as part of the City of Melbourne's Art and Heritage Collection store. A three panel spray-painted and colourful artwork hangs on the centre wall and features images of waratah flowers, bushranger Ned Kelly and a group of children. To the right and below are 7 street art related objects and artworks including a square and arrow shaped light box and some painted artworks. On the left hand side is the doorway to the next room, which features historical carpark ticket machines and a framed photograph of City of Melbourne ticket inspectors.
Selection of framed colour photographs on display as part of the picture racks in the City of Melbourne's Art and Heritage Collection store. Photographs featured are by various artists and include street and cityscapes and portraits. Floor is covered in red carpet, walls are painted white and black blinds are behind the picture racks.
A corner image of Melbourne Town Hall's administrative building on the corner of Swanston and Little Collins Street with blue sky in the background. Pedestrians are waiting to cross the road, and post boxes and the Swanston St flower stall are visible.

Art and Heritage Collection Store, Town Hall

Description

Last year, after 22 years on the periphery of the central city grid, the City of Melbourne’s Collection Store moved back to its original home at Melbourne Town Hall.

This once-in-a-generation relocation has had an exciting impact on the way the collection is managed and showcased. Open display storage is now the key to the collection’s presentation, and closely tracks what has developed as a global trend. Emblematic of this change is the collection’s shift to Town Hall, the civic heart of Melbourne.

By any standard the Art and Heritage Collection is eclectic. It is made up of a range of cultural material, which now numbers over 13,000 items. The collection store provides a centre for research, conservation and collection management.


Objects in the collection fall into various categories:
Moomba, Olympics, public art, street art, city management, Melbourne photography, First Nations artists, books and plans, miscellaneous Melbourne, Council and ceremonial, city gifts and so on.

What's On

Visitors will gain exciting insights into the history of Melbourne and have the opportunity to see items they’ve never seen before, including contemporary art, historical artefacts, street art, photography and more! Tours will be led by specialists who will identify key artworks and artefacts in the collection store.

Images: (1) City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection, 2023. Photos: Tobias Titz. (2) City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection, 2023. Photos: Tobias Titz. (3) City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection, 2023. Photos: Tobias Titz. (4) City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection, 2023. Photos: Tobias Titz. (5) Melbourne Town Hall, Administrative building, 2023. Photo: Tobias Titz

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
Tours run 10am-4pm, departing every 20 minutes. Last tour departs 3pm.
Running for 55 minutes in groups of 10
Bookings required
First release tickets: Thursday 6 July, 12pm
Second release tickets: Saturday 8 July, 10am

Meet at Melbourne Town Hall, Admin building, 90–120 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000. Participants to register with security on ground floor before commencing tour. Large bags and backpacks: are not permitted on the tour. Limited cloak area is available at visitor’s own risk. Photography for non-commercial purposes is allowed.

ACCESSIBILITY

Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Elevator access

AGE REQUIREMENTS

All Ages

Location

Level 4, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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