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Hellenic Museum

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Address: 280 William St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 8615 9016
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A cultural hub supporting arts, film, and visual performance Australia...

A cultural hub supporting arts, film, and visual performance Australia wide, with a Hellenic flavour. Housed in the historic Former Royal Mint building, the Museum is home to the long-term collection Gods, Myths & Mortals: Greek Treasures Across the Millennia from the iconic Benaki Museum, Athens. The collection provides a snapshot of Greek history, from Classical, to Byzantine, Post-Byzantine, and Neo-Hellenic, winding through 8,000 years of Greek civilisation around the ground floor of the Mint, including the original gold vault. From October 2015 the Museum will be the new home to Sean Godsell's award-winning MPavilion. The Museum holds events throughout the year, from the popular Summer Cinema program, to theatre, live music, and lectures. The first floor is currently closed due to infrastructure works, set to reopen mid-2016.

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A small slice of Greece in the CBD of Melbourne

Housed in part of the historic former mint building, the Hellenic Museum offers interesting insights into the culture of Greece and the ways Greeks adapted to Australia... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2016
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

The museum is housed in the Old Mint. Beautiful staircase. We were able to obtain the concession rate (senior) which was only $5 each. We spent a little under an hour looking at their well laid out displays over the two floors. We enjoyed watching the video of the gentleman who had collected all of the artifacts when he lived... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 26 December 2016

I visited the Hellenic Museum during the Open House event in Melbourne. Like other posters I thought that I would be seeing a significant portion of the building and also learning something about the history of the building it is located in. However, I found that there were only a few rooms open with some artefacts from the Benaki Museum.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

The building it is housed in is a beautiful historic building and is quite awe-inspiring. This sets the scene for what is inside. The museum exhibits are housed in different rooms and levels of the building and each one is wonderfully done. The main exhibition at the moment is the one from the Benaki museum in Athens and is so... More 

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Reviewed 3 August 2016

Paid an entrance fee to visit the Benazi Muzium Collection. Its worth every penny of it. There are artefacts from 7000-8000 years ago. Still in great shape. And quite a lot of other artefacts from the turn of the century. The free section of this museum has a short description of the how the Greeks came to Australia in the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Housed in part of the historic former mint building, the Hellenic Museum offers interesting insights into the culture of Greece and the ways Greeks adapted to Australia, particularly during the era of the (now archaic!) White Australia Policy. We'd seen many similar relics in the Parthenon Museum, Athens, and were pleased to know Melbourne has its own collection of ancient... More 

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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

The Hellenic museum even though it wasn't big had a lot of artifacts. In one room it showed how and what happened when the Greeks came to Australia back in the day . Very interesting considering my Greek background a bit of an eye opener. It was very reasonably priced.

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Reviewed 11 June 2016

What a fascinating insight into Greek culture with artefacts on loan from the amazing collection from the Benaki Museum in Athens. The collection spans thousands of years of history which is truly amazing. Don’t miss the small gallery of the Greek immigration into Australia and in particular Melbourne. Finally don’t miss the amazing photography gallery upstairs - ONEIROI by Bill... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 25 May 2016

The Hellenic Museum has been created by Melbourne's Greek community as a demonstration of their pride in their ancient heritage. The foundations of Western thought were laid in ancient Greece, something we may forget. The Greeks are also a mercantile people and are adept at business, as this Museum shows.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 24 April 2016

Our main reason to visit was to see Bill Henson's photos, and then we were delighted when we realised that the photos had been inspired, and shot, using decorative artefacts from the current exhibition on loan from the Benaki Museum in Athens. The Gods, Myths & Mortals exhibitions was beautifully curated with amazingly well preserved items dating back from Neolithic... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 17 February 2016

This not so known museum is one of many museums in Melbourne. You see a photo of the greek man who founded it who sadly died of a young age but he was a good athlete. It is free during the melburne Open days in July but has a fee the est of the year. It covers about 3 rooms... More 

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