Discover hidden gems from Australia's performing arts history.
Arts Centre Melbourne’s Australian Performing Arts Collection is the national leader amongst specialist performing arts collections in Australia. Established in 1975, it is formally recognised as a State collection and encompasses the history of circus, dance, music, opera and theatre.
The Collection features over 600,000 items including costumes, designs, photographs, set models, puppets, props, posters, programs and archives. These items are used regularly for exhibition and research by curatorial staff, historians, performers, publishers, researchers and other collecting institutions.
During Melbourne Open House 2019, this special guided tour will take visitors on a journey through Australia’s performing arts history. You will go behind-the-scenes to see some of the most iconic objects from the Australian Performing Arts Collection.