The Grainger Museum—the only purpose-built autobiographical museum in Australia—is home to a diverse collection of art, art, photographs, costumes, music scores and instruments acquired by Percy Grainger, an icon of twentieth century Australian musical culture. In 2021, the Museum is embarking on a phase of reimagining as a cultural space of experimentation, including an upcoming schedule of innovative academic and public programming. To continue experiencing the collection visit the online museum.
Multivocal at the Old QuadExhibition
The Percy Grainger StoryExhibition
Making the MuseumExhibition
How it plays: Innovations in percussionExhibition
PolyMuse: Mapping the rise of modern polymers in the wardrobes of Rose & Ella GraingerExhibition
Living Instruments: Sampling & digitising Percy Grainger’s historic percussionExhibition
Colourful clouds chasing the moon: Chinese music ensemble in MultivocalEvent
Threshold: 12 percussionists, 2 vocal soloists and the Federation BellsEvent
Living Instruments at Melbourne Knowledge WeekEvent
Thursday 7pm - 8pmBell CurvePublic Program
Sunday 2pm - 3pmCome and Play!: Kids Composition WorkshopPublic Program
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 Museum
Gate 13, Royal Parade
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- Postal Address
- Grainger Museum, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, 3010