When visiting Australia you'll frequently hear: "You must go to Melbourne though - it's got so much more culture." Here are just five places that back that up...
Using first-hand accounts, real-life imagery and memorabilia, the true stories of people who have migrated to Victoria are recounted in this fascinating Melbourne museum. It's housed inside a magnificently restored building that, between 1858-70, acted as Melbourne's own Customs House, gateway to the fledgling colony. Melbourne.
A glorious, sprawling space filled with themed displays, interactive areas, Imax cinemas, postmodern art and no end of surprises, Melbourne Museum rewards first-time visitors and repeat patrons equally. Carlton.
Heide Museum of Modern Art is a unique space – a synthesis of indoor and outdoor environments, a place of modern and contemporary art and design with a rich and colourful art heritage and social history. Bulleen.
Bradman's baggy green cap. Bart Cummings' collection of Melbourne Cups. Cathy Freeman's swift suit from her gold-medal winning run in Sydney 2000. These items are more than mere sporting memorabilia, they are touchstones in the forging of a national identity. Richmond.
Located in the heart of Melbourne's Chinatown, the Chinese Museum's five floors include a Visitor Centre, a Dragon Gallery displaying three generations of Chinese dragons and the ‘Finding Gold’ below-ground experience. Melbourne.