The Grainger Museum—the only purpose-built autobiographical museum in Australia—is home to a wonderful collection of art, photographs, costumes, music scores and instruments acquired by Percy Grainger, an icon of twentieth century Australian musical culture.
Find out more about volunteering, our Members Program and giving to the Museum.
Learn how to search and access the diverse collection for research.
The Grainger Museum offers collaborative opportunities for student learning. Read more about some of our past programs.
Discover more about the Grainger Museum, collection and Percy Grainger.
Sunday - Friday
12.00pm – 4.00pm
The Grainger Museum is closed on public and University Holidays, and will be closed from Friday 22 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018.
General admission is free.
The Grainger Museum occasionally hosts ticketed events and concerts, view our calendar here.
Gate 13, Royal Parade
Public transport from the city
Catch the no. 19 tram along Elizabeth Street/Royal Parade and alight at stop 11.
For more information on public transport, check PTV.
Limited street parking is available on Royal Parade, directly out the front of the museum.
Bicycle lock racks are available at the rear of the Grainger Museum, and throughout the University.
The Grainger Museum is a fully accessible museum. If additional assistance is required, please contact us in advance.
The Grainger Museum is part of the University of Melbourne Library and is one of the Cultural Collections of the University of Melbourne.
The Grainger Museum is proud to be a member of Cultural Tourism Victoria (CTV).
Exhibitions & Events
The Grainger Museum is the only purpose-built autobiographical museum in Australia.
Its fascinating collection contains not only objects directly related to Percy Grainger's compositional career, such as scores and manuscripts, but also more than 50,000 items, including diaries, ethnographic objects, furniture, decorative arts, photographs, artworks, clothing and correspondence with famous and not-so-famous contemporaries.
Grainger began planning the Museum after his mother's death in 1922 and it was officially opened in December 1938. The building was designed by the University's architect, John Gawler of the firm Gawler and Drummond, in close consultation with Grainger. The Museum's historical and architectural significance is recognised by the building's inclusion on the Register of the National Estate and the Victorian Heritage Register, and its classification by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).
In 1955, Grainger set down his revised Aims of the Grainger Museum, outlining his 'cosmopolitan and universalist outlook on music'. Grainger's wide ranging interests have resulted in a unique Museum with broad appeal, a must-see for locals and tourists alike.
- Grainger Museum
Gate 13, Royal Parade
- +61 3 8344 5270
- Postal Address
- Grainger Museum, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, 3010
Jon Drews, Client Services Officer at the Grainger Museum, meets with a new Grainger Museum visitor, Michael.News
Exhibitions Coordinator Brian Allison shares the story behind this platinum print 'Portrait of a dancer', by Stephanie Ludwig.News
Watch Jon Drews, Client Services Officer at the Grainger Museum, discuss a contemporary reinterpretation of the kangaroo pouch tone tool.News
Victorian College of the Arts Fine Arts students have created engaging animations using the Grainger Museum collection.News
The students of the Master of Architecture design studio at the Melbourne School of Design have staged presentations that interpret themes from Percy Grainger’s work and biography in their pop-up exhibition here at the Grainger Museum.News
Sania Batool has recently commenced volunteering with the Grainger Museum.News
Kerry Andersson, a volunteer through the Museums and Collections Projects Program, discovered a special item as part of her project to research and develop a tour program.News
Grainger Museum Curator, Heather Gaunt, provides an introduction to some upcoming changes to the permanent exhibition.News
In a new collaboration this semester, the Grainger Museum is partnering with a Master of Architecture design studio at the Melbourne School of Design, where students are staging a pop-up exhibition, opening Monday 11th September.News
On 27 July 2017, the Grainger was animated for Nite Art 2017, a celebration of people, art and the night in Melbourne.News
Sharon Wong shares her experience working with the Hirschfield Mack collection as part of the Cultural Collections Projects Program.News
Ella Whitehead was with the Grainger Museum for one week in June as part of her work experience, and here shares her favourite parts.News
One of the many hidden treasures in the Grainger museum is an eclectic collection of paintings, watercolours and photographs both by and about Australian artist Helen Lempriere (1907 – 1991).News
We are excited to announce the Grainger Museum is now accepting applications to its volunteer program.News
The Grainger Museum Collection does more than just repose on display in the Museum or sit quietly in boxes and on shelves in the offsite Museum Store.News
The Grainger Museum has begun a program to connect with, and support, post-graduate music composition at the University of Melbourne. From May the Museum is excited to welcome PhD student Alice Humphries as our new ‘Composer in Residence’.News
The Grainger Museum was successful in a highly competitive round for Melbourne Engagement Grants 2017.News
Male savage [figurine], c. 1907. Cork, feather, shell, paint, cloth, beads, paper, pins.Given to Percy Grainger by Knud Larsen, 1907.News
Say hello to Arthur, future Astronaut and Remote Helicopter Flying Electrician Who Goes Out on the Electrical Wires, who is possibly this week's youngest visitor to the Grainger Museum.News
Black satin and ermine evening gown belonging to Rose Grainger, with matching sash and stole, M. Levinsky & Co., Copenhagen.News
Orville model Harp Guitar made by Gibson, 1910s. Currently on loan to the Grainger Museum from a private collector.News
Christmas Card from Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, 1957News
Do you use the Grainger Museum Archive for your research?News
After a significant search, a new Curator, Exhibitions and Collections has been appointed to the Grainger MuseumNews
2017 sees a new look Grainger Museum website launched.News
The Grainger Museum will open in January 2017 for the first time.News