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Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

35-37 Castella Street LILYDALE Phone: (03) 9294 6313 Visit Website

The multi-award winning Yarra Ranges Regional Museum opened in 2011. With stunning architectural design set in tranquil surrounds, the museum features exhibition spaces, programs for all ages, a resource room, retail space and café. It is a place for people to come together; to explore, create and connect. A program of changing exhibitions offers an opportunity to enjoy an array of contemporary and historic themes with exhibitions ranging from Prize Portrait Photography to Ambush: Ned Kelly and the Stringybark Creek Murders; Motorcycles in the Yarra Ranges to the Front Covers of the Australian Rolling Stone magazine 1972 - 2010. The Museum has free admission and is open 6 days – closed Monday.

Our Collection

This collection is located at the new Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, opened in 2011 in Lilydale, to the east of Melbourne (a focal point for more than 17 historical societies and heritage groups across the Shire ). The collection?s purpose is to preserve and record the unique cultural heritage of the Yarra Ranges region. The collection includes a wide range of artefacts, personal objects, photographs, oral history recordings, artworks, and archives. Special materials include small collection related to Coranderrk Mission and Aboriginal Australians of the area, and an internationally significant collection related to opera diva Dame Nellie Melba, Australia?s first international star, whose home was in the Yarra Valley (870 letters, photographs and personal objects). An exciting contemporary collecting program includes the 'Memory Bank' project, which collects personal photographs and stories from 1950 to today.

The collection preserves and records the unique cultural heritage of the Yarra Ranges region, and aspects of historic and modern life in the Yarra Ranges region. The Dame Nellie Melba collection is internationally significant.

The Dame Nellie Melba Collection