Melbourne is a fantastic city to visit – you can easily spend days entertained in the CBD just by visiting the art galleries and museums (if you can drag yourself away from the shops)! Every major
Located on Federation Square at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Street, you’ll will find central Melbourne parking expensive, but that’s no barrier as most tram, train and bus lines will take you to the Racing Museum’s doors. Alternatively, take the old-style, free tourist tram – which stops outside at Flinders Street station.
Champions, as the
The main displays of the museum highlight the history of thoroughbred racing in Australia, including the horses, jockeys, trainers and all the other characters, which make horse racing such a vibrant part of the
For the kids, there are school holiday events and other activities which range from designing their own Melbourne Cup to making jockey clips. They’ll find the museum creative and fun, as well as educational.
The museum hosts special exhibitions all year, so even locals will have something new to see on a return visit. Exhibitions have included race day fashion spectaculars (anyone remember Jean Shrimpton’s infamous mini?) and exhibits highlighting special people and horses associated with the industry.
If you have a special love of racing and need a place to host a small corporate event or even a wedding, then Champions has their own exclusive event space, which holds up to 300 with stunning views across the Yarra River. Catering is available for groups as well.
Watch out for special events at Champions around Melbourne Cup time, of course. They also celebrate the 2 August “horse’s birthday” – the day that every thoroughbred
It’s not all about fun and entertainment at Champions, however. The museum also has a serious research function. Their archives include the Australasian Turf Registers (1870-1977),
Regardless of whether you are a tourist or a local, Melbourne’s