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The Ian Potter Museum of Art

Address: The University of Melbourne, Swanston St, Parkville, Victoria 3052

Phone: 03 8344 5148  |  Fax: 03 9349 3518  


The Ian Potter Museum of Art offers visitors art, events and ideas. It stages engaging exhibitions and exciting programs to complement its exhibitions and special events.

The Ian Potter Museum of Art manages the University of Melbourne's Art Collection, the largest university collection in the country that includes historic and contemporary paintings, works on paper, decorative arts and sculpture. A large number of artworks are displayed in university buildings and in the campus grounds. The University is the receprient of generous bequests and donations and as a result has a strong representation of Australian art.

The Classics and Archaeology Gallery is another feature of the Museum and displays rotating exhibitions from its collection of objects that range from preclassical to classical antiquity. Other important collections are those of 20th century posters and international indigenous art. The University collection can be accessed via the Potter's website.

The Ian Potter Museum of Art mounts around 12 exhibitions in a year and during a visit visitors are sure to find something that will engage or intrigue them. For those wanting more information, most exhibitions are accompanied by brochures or catalogues.

The Ian Potter Museum of Art organises a diverse program of activities and events from talks and lectures to forums, symposia and music performances, as well as children's program during school term holidays.

If you would like to browse the collection or obtain more information on exhibitions, obtain details of activities on offer, become a member of the Potter or to register to receive the Potter's email bulletin please visit The Ian Potter Museum of Art's website.

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This is a free attraction.

Local directions

The Ian Potter Museum of Art is located within walking distance of the University of Melbourne tram stop and is on campus but facing Swanston Street. The building cannot be missed as it is a striking, multi-award winning building designed by Nonda Katsalidis.


  • Bicycle rack
  • Café
  • Access without assistance for the disabled
  • Public toilet


  • Art and craft
  • Lessons/tutorials


  • Museums Australia

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