The Gramophone Museum’s mission is to provide inspirational interactive displays tracing the history of sound reproduction – and to be a catalyst for further research and discovery into Australia’s connections with the history of recorded music.
More than 2,000 sound reproduction machines, from one-of-a-kind acoustic gramophones, to the very best equipment from the tape, vinyl and digital eras.
A library of 100,000+ musical recordings, from Australian Icon Dame Nellie Melba, through Australian Country & Western music, to Melbourne’s own King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
A vast collection of musical ephemera, including original sheet music, ornate needle tins, music-playing toys, advertising posters, books, magazines and discographies.
A hands-on interactive museum where audiophiles, researchers and students can ‘touch’ the work of the visionary pioneers who drove major advances in sound reproduction history.
An extensive reference library and online database recording the major milestones in sound recording and reproduction for museum members, researchers, schools and universities.
Practical workshops with audio restoration specialists on the finer arts of repairing, preserving, and maintaining historical musical machines.
A world-class attraction for music aficionados, in which every machine can be accessed and played, and exhibitions provide personal encounters with iconic sound equipment.
A versatile and multifaceted venue promoting ‘musical tourism’ through themed events, concerts, expert panels, and online discussion forums.
A celebration of Australia’s rich musical heritage through concerts and demonstrations of historical music, rare instruments, and recording milestones.
A dedicated section of the museum will host a permanent display of Aboriginal music and instruments, celebrating their central role in traditional ceremonies and practices.
This space will also host regular concerts and cultural performances, featuring musicians and artists from Australia's hugely diverse demographic.
The museum is dedicated to acquiring and restoring historically significant sound equipment, and will maintain close relationships with the country’s finest audio restoration specialists.
A full-time curator-archivist is charged with documenting, cataloguing and archiving all equipment, music and other artefacts collected by the museum.