A tribute to one of Australia's great musical exports, this museum housed in an art deco building lays bare the fascinating life of Percy Grainger. Leaving Australia aged nine, Grainger became an internationally renowned composer and pianist in Europe and the USA, as well as a pioneer in experimental music. Exhibits from all points of his life are on display, from his sound machines to a collection of fetish whips.

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1. University of Melbourne

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3. Royal Park


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4. Museo Italiano

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5. Melbourne General Cemetery


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7. Blender Lane

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8. Old Melbourne Gaol

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