Melbourne’s
Living Museum of the West

 

Documenting and preserving the stories and the images
of the people and places of Melbourne’s West since 1984

Melbourne’s
Living Museum of the West

 

Documenting and preserving the stories and the images
of the people and places of Melbourne’s West since 1984

The Living Museum of the West is situated on the unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We also work on the unceded lands of the Boonwurrung and the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise their continuing connection to land, sea and community, and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

The Living Museum of the West is situated on the unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We also work on the unceded lands of the Boonwurrung and the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise their continuing connection to land, sea and community, and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West is a community Museum which actively involves the people of Melbourne’s West and others in documenting, preserving and interpreting the richness and depth of the region’s social, industrial and environmental history.

Opening Hours

Thursdays 11am – 4pm
Fridays 11am – 4pm
Saturdays – by appointment

Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West is a community Museum which actively involves the people of Melbourne’s West and others in documenting, preserving and interpreting the richness and depth of the region’s social, industrial and environmental history.

Opening Hours

Thursdays 12am – 5pm
Fridays 12am – 5pm
Saturdays – By appointment

And we’re Back!

Happy new years folks! Melbourne's Living Museum of the West is back and ready for 2024. Continuing our temporary placement at Highpoint Library our hours have been adjusted to 12am to 5pm on Thursdays and Fridays, Saturdays are still by appointment. Our first event...

Dreamtime Cooking – KANGAROO & EMU

Melbourne's Living Museum of the West is proud to present Dreamtime Cooking - KANGAROO & EMU. The third and final of three free First Nations led cooking classes. Happening Saturday the 23rd of March the event promises a fun and tasty day out at Pipemakers park.To...

Museum Projects

Since 1984 the work of the Living Museum has focussed on involving different communities in a number of projects that research different aspects of culture and heritage in the western region. Some of these projects have been initiated by museum staff others have been initiated to individuals or groups in the community or have resulted from community enquiries.

What’s On

The Museum is always working to create new events and exhibitions. Find out what’s currently on at Pipemakers Park and what’s in the works.

Museum Projects

Since 1984 the work of the Living Museum has focussed on involving different communities in a number of projects that research different aspects of culture and heritage in the western region. Some of these projects have been initiated by museum staff others have been initiated to individuals or groups in the community or have resulted from community enquiries.

Digital Library

Hundreds of people worked for thirty years researching, photographing and writing about a wide range of topics to do with the unique history and heritage of the western suburbs of Melbourne. They did this largely within the framework of a particular philosophy of collecting local history which will also be explained to some extent on this website. 

Digital Library

Hundreds of people worked for thirty years researching, photographing and writing about a wide range of topics to do with the unique history and heritage of the western suburbs of Melbourne. They did this largely within the framework of a particular philosophy of collecting local history which will also be explained to some extent on this website. 

Digital Exhibitions

Since 1984 the Living Museum has helped the people of Melbourne’s West develop and produce exhibitions about their history and region. In 2012 the Living Museum received a grant from the Public Records Office to begin to digitise some of the exhibitions and make them available online. 

Digital Exhibitions

Since 1984 the Living Museum has helped the people of Melbourne’s West develop and produce exhibitions about their history and region. In 2012 the Living Museum received a grant from the Public Records Office to begin to digitise some of the exhibitions and make them available online. 

We need your support

The Museum has spent nearly 40 years working to preserve and tell the stories of Melbourne’s West. A big part of how we’ve done this is through the financial support of the community and passionate local historians. If you want to help out we appreciate any and all donations.