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CRAFT VICTORIA A haven for the hand-made, Craft Victoria is a place to find artworks and products by Australian crafters. There are new exhibitions each month and you can pop in any day of the week to visit the gallery. Hot tip: the shop is full of one-ofa-kind treasures, guaranteeing you’ll never give another unoriginal birthday present. Aspiring artists and fans can join the mailing list for info on free talks, workshops and markets. 31 Flinders Ln, Melbourne | craftvic.org.au | 03 9650 7775 | Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

THE DAX CENTRE As a well-informed Van Gogh fan would attest, artwork and mental illness is a common equation, but it’s rarely recognised as such. The Dax Centre explores the role of creativity in the lives of people experiencing mental illness and trauma. The fascinating 15,000-piece art collection includes paintings, ceramics and textiles dating back to 1946, when Dr Eric Cunningham Dax first invited a professional artist to work with his psychiatric patients. Kenneth Myer Building, Genetics Lane | The University of Melbourne, Parkville | daxcentre.org | 03 9035 6258 | Tue-Fri 10am-4pm | Sat 1-5pm

IMMIGRATION MUSEUM Through photography, art and artefacts, the Immigration Museum tells the stories of the people who’ve made Victoria home since Lieutenant-Governor David Collins and his convicts first arrived in 1803. You’ll find Kurdish homewares, ancient Chinese masks, Albanian wedding dresses, a 250-year-old Qur’an – and possibly one of your ancestors! The museum’s Tribute Garden features the names of 7,000 immigrants from more than 90 countries who have moved to Victoria in the past 200 years. 400 Flinders St, Melbourne | museumvictoria. com.au/immigrationmuseum | 13 11 02 or 03 9927 2700 | Daily 10am-5pm | Adult $10

JEWISH MUSEUM The Jewish Museum is home to more than 12,000 artefacts, from fascinating historical tchotchkes to works of great artistic chutzpah. Every piece on show helps to describe the Jewish experience in Australia. Apart from regular exhibition talks, the museum hosts visits to the historic St Kilda Synagogue and Temple Beth Israel – as well as city walking tours, revealing the fascinating history of Melbourne’s Jewish community. 26 Alma Rd, St Kilda | www.jewishmuseum.com.au | 03 8534 3600 | Tue-Thu 10am-4pm | Sun 10am5pm | Adult $10

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cultural life. Check out the beautiful textile collections and the regular contemporary art shows or join a Chinatown heritage walk. Meanwhile, if you missed him at Moomba or the Chinese New Year celebrations, the city’s biggest dragon is 63 metres long – and he sleeps in plain sight at the museum. 22 Cohen Pl, Melbourne | chinesemuseum.com.au | 03 9662 2888 | Daily 10am-5pm | Adult $7.50

Cheap Arts Guide  

This little book is a guide to hundreds of free and affordable goings-on in Melbourne – and right around Victoria. Read on for music, comedy...

Cheap Arts Guide  

This little book is a guide to hundreds of free and affordable goings-on in Melbourne – and right around Victoria. Read on for music, comedy...

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