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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

City Center 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A must, given the quality of the artwork on display. — Michelin Guide

More than 20,000 works by indigenous and non-indigenous Australian artists from colonial times to the present make up the collection, with about 800 pieces on view at any given time. — Travel + Leisure

Covering the 19th and 20th centuries, it includes paintings from the famous Heidelberg school, such as Frederick McCubbin's Lost and Tom Roberts' Shearing the Rams. — Fodor's

The Ian Potter Centre is the other half of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), set up to showcase its impressive collection of Australian works. — Lonely Planet

This fascinating gallery, featuring 20 rooms dedicated to Australian art, opened in 2002 in the heart of Federation Square. — Frommer's

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

South Bank, Port Melbourne & Around 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Hosts year-round events and guided tours. — Time Out

A true nature sanctuary for its flora and fauna. — Michelin Guide

A great place to relax and soak it up—with or without the picnic. — Afar Magazine

Established in 1846, the Royal Botanic Gardens encompasses 87 acres of meandering paths, sweeping lawns, and lily-littered ornamental lakes. — Concierge

Within its 100 acres are 12,000 species of native and imported plants and trees, sweeping lawns, and ornamental lakes. — Fodor's

Federation Square

City Center 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Great culture, restaurants and park. — Afar Magazine

This architecturally striking cultural complex in City Centre... is encircled by bars, cafés, and restaurants, including celebrity chef Michael Lambie's much-lauded Taxi. — Concierge

The bold, abstract-style landmark was designed to be Melbourne's official meeting place, with a variery of attractions and restaurants. — Fodor's

When Melburnians want to take a break from complaining about the weather, they start whinging about Melbourne's 'Meeting Place', Federation Square. — Time Out

Designed by local firms Lab Architecture Studio and Bates Smart, it utilizes a fractal triangular design in three materials: zinc, glass, and sandstone. — Travel + Leisure

Melbourne Museum

North Melbourne, Carlton & Fitzroy 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A spectacular, postmodern building (in Carlton Gardens) houses displays of the varied cultures around Australia and the Pacific Islands. — Fodor's

This museum provides a grand sweep of Victoria’s natural and cultural histories, with exhibitions covering everything. — Lonely Planet

This museum is Australia’s largest and one of the most interesting. — Frommer's

Dinosaurs, taxidermy, open-air forest and Indigenous Australia stories - an impressive cover of natural and cultural histories. There’s even an IMAX on site too! — On the Grid

This vast museum is the largest in the southern hemisphere; it houses a living temperate rainforest and galleries dedicated to natural history and evolution. — Travel + Leisure

Melbourne Zoo

North Melbourne, Carlton & Fitzroy 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There is nothing quite like ogling the antics of orangutans or leering at lion cubs to keep the kids (even the big ones) happy. — Travel + Leisure

Verdant gardens and open-environment animal enclosures are hallmarks of this world-renowned zoo, which is 4 km (2½ mi) north of the city center. — Fodor's

Australia's oldest zoo is also its boldest... how can 320 species and live entertainment be wrong? — Time Out

The oldest zoo in Australia and the third oldest in the world. Today it's one of the city’s most popular attractions. — Lonely Planet

Built in 1862, this is the oldest zoo in the world and makes a great day out with kids. — Frommer's

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Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

City Center 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Become part of the action as you stroll through a transparent tunnel surrounded by water and the denizens of the deep on the prowl. — Fodor's

The Melbourne Aquarium’s prize exhibit is an Antarctica display featuring King and Gentoo penguins playing in the pool (with underwater viewing). — Frommer's

Weird and wonderful animals and unique marine adventures await you here. — Time Out

This aquarium is home to rays, gropers and sharks. — Lonely Planet

Australia's only aquarium specializing in Southern Ocean creatures houses 10,000 marine and a few dozen land-based animals in a series of spiral-down display. — Concierge

National Gallery of Victoria

St. Kilda, Malvern & Around 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The NGV International is a showcase for Australia’s finest collections of international art. — Frommer's

A must. — Michelin Guide

This massive, moat-encircled, bluestone-and-concrete edifice houses works from renowned international painters, including Picasso, Renoir, and van Gogh. — Fodor's

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Queen Victoria Market

Central Business District 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Open since 1878, "Queen Vic" is an over-1,000-stall melting pot of Southeast Asian greens, Italian cheeses, kangaroo salami, and Tasmanian scallops — Travel + Leisure

With over 600 traders, the Vic Market is the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere and attracts thousands of shoppers. — Lonely Planet

The largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere, the veteran 'Vic Market' (also lovingly known as the 'Queen Vic') has been trading here since 1861 — The Telegraph

This Melbourne institution—the “Vic Market”—covers several blocks. — Frommer's

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Arts Centre Melbourne

South Bank, Port Melbourne & Around 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Arts Centre is made up of two separate buildings: Hamer Hall (the concert hall) and the theatres building. — Lonely Planet

Plays host to an array of concerts and productions that cater to a wide audience throughout the year, from comedy acts and classical and contemporary music to dance, theater, and children's shows. — Travel + Leisure

The spire atop the Theatres Building of the Arts Centre, on the banks of the Yarra River, crowns the city’s leading performing arts complex. — Frommer's

Melbourne's most important cultural landmark. — Fodor's

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Rippon Lea House & Gardens

Melbourne 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Put on your best frolicking frock and enjoy acres of scenic gardens, lavish lawns, a fernery, orchards, or a paddle around the lake. — Time Out

In summer, plays are performed on the grounds, and the annual Teddy Bear's Picnic each February attracts big crowds. — Fodor's

This grand Victorian house, 8km (5 miles) from the city center, is worth a visit to get a feel for old-money Melbourne. — Frommer's

The superb Victorian-style estate reflects the prosperity of its first owners, the Sargood family. Other decorative elements were added in the 20C, creating an extremely attractive interior. — Michelin Guide

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Melbourne Cricket Ground

East Melbourne 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A tour of this complex is essential for an understanding of Melbourne's sporting obsession. — Fodor's

This 100,024-seater is to Melbourne what St Peter's Basilica is to Rome. It's here that the faithful flock to worship their guernsey-clad football deities. — The Telegraph

With a capacity of 100,000 people, the 'G' is one of the world’s great sporting venues... for many Australians it's considered hallowed ground. — Lonely Planet

A temple in this sports-mad city, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is also the birthplace of Australia's homegrown football game, Aussie Rules. — Concierge

There are often other sporting events on, especially during the football season (from April to September), but outside of match days there are behind-the-scenes tours. — Travel + Leisure

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Eureka Skydeck 88

South Bank, Port Melbourne & Around 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Edge: a glass box that extends three metres out of the 88th floor and offers the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. — Time Out

The vertigo-challenging Eureka Skydeck 88 is the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. — Frommer's

The funky-shaped blue glass building, with an impressive gold cap, opened in May 2007. — Fodor's

At 935 feet above the ground, this 360-degree observatory has, on a clear day, vistas of Port Phillip Bay, the MCG, Dandenong Ranges, and beyond. — Travel + Leisure

Although there are several good vantage points to take in Melbourne's burgeoning skyline, none offer a view as commanding and uninterrupted at this 88th floor observation deck. — The Telegraph

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Old Melbourne Gaol

City Center 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Built in 1841, this forbidding bluestone prison was in operation until 1929. — Lonely Planet

Once housing children next to hardened criminals this historic jail once displayed Ned Kelly's skull until it was stolen.  — Atlas Obscura

This bluestone building, the city's first jail, is now a museum that has three tiers of cells with catwalks around the upper levels and is rumored to be haunted. — Fodor's

Old Melbourne Gaol’s Crime & Justice Experience is a fascinating way to spend a few hours. — Frommer's

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St Paul's Cathedral

City Center 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

St Paul’s Cathedral is described as Gothic transitional in style. — Time Out

This 1892 headquarters of Melbourne's Anglican faith is one of the most important works of William Butterfield. — Fodor's

The magnificent Anglican St Paul’s Cathedral... features ornate stained-glass windows made between 1887 and 1890, and holds excellent music programs. — Lonely Planet

St. Paul's Cathedral is noteworthy for its decorative interior and the English organ built by T. S. Lewis. — Frommer's

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St. Patrick's Cathedral

East Melbourne 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The imposing bluestone exterior and grounds are but a preview of its contents. — Lonely Planet

St. Partick's Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. The cathedral is a leading example of the gothic style of architecture. — Time Out

Construction of the Gothic Revival building began in 1858 and took 82 years to finish. — Fodor's

St. Patrick's is another interesting Gothic Revival construction with exceptional stained-glass windows. — Frommer's

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State Library of Victoria

City Center 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The State Library has been the forefront of Melbourne's literary scene since it opened in 1854. — Lonely Planet

On a rise behind lawns and heroic statuary, this handsome 1853 building was constructed during the gold-rush boom. — Fodor's

The library is full of surprises, and you can discover them on the free daily 2pm tour. — Time Out

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Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

South Bank, Port Melbourne & Around 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A new gallery with six exhibition zones is the latest on-shore adjunct to the historic tall ship Polly Woodside. — Frommer's

After a four-year redevelopment, Melbourne's tall ship experience has reopened with impressive new interpretations and family friendly programs. — Time Out

The Polly Woodside is a restored iron-hulled merchant ship (or ‘tall ship’), dating from 1885. — Lonely Planet

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Parliament House of Victoria

City Center 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The grand steps... are often dotted with slow-moving, tulle-wearing brides smiling for the camera, or placard-holding protesters. — Lonely Planet

Now the home of the Victorian Parliament, this monument to Victorian... architecture at the top of a run of sandstone steps was built in 1856. — Frommer's

This august stone building was used as the National Parliament from the time of federation in 1900 until 1927,. — Fodor's

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Werribee Open Range Zoo

Melbourne 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The zoo also has one of the largest gorilla exhibits in the world, home to the silverback Motaba and his two sons. — Frommer's

This is a 225-hectare African-safari-style experience about 30 minutes southwest of Melbourne. — Lonely Planet

With the savannah designed to replicate the wild. — Time Out

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National Sports Museum

Melbourne 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In a nation that’s quite frankly sports-mad, you really can’t miss this outstanding and interesting museum, located within the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). — Frommer's

Hidden away in the bowels of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, this sports museum features five permanent exhibitions focusing on Australia’s favourite sports and celebrates historic sporting moments. — Lonely Planet

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