Australian musician and composer Percy Grainger established the Grainger Museum in 1938, motivated by the desire to interpret and contextualise his creative achievements and cultural environment. The Grainger Museum Collection, an internationally significant archive of over 100,000 items, spans a range of disciplines, from experimental sound technology and musical instruments, to costumes, ethnography, art and design. The collection is brought to life through collaboration with students, academic partners and artists and their creative work and production.


Accessing the collection

The majority of the Grainger Museum Collection is accessible online through the Collections search, and digital research services can be provided on request.  The collection is also available for research access in the Museum’s research room by prior arrangement.

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Collection Areas & Archive

Alongside the vast collection of music manuscripts and published scores – the museum also houses a significant repository for over 250 rare and experimental musical instruments and technology.

Explore the Collection

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Grainger collection objects on display


The Museum does from time to time agree to lend items from its collection for a set period to other approved cultural organisations (universities, museums, art galleries, libraries, archives and the like) to support particular exhibitions or research projects, on a temporary basis.

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