Grainger Museum

Welcome to the Grainger Museum

Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961) was an internationally renowned Australian-American composer and pianist. His extraordinarily full life also included pioneering work as a folk music collector and arranger, educator, social and musical commentator, clothing designer and Free Music inventor. He was a skilled linguist and became known, in addition to his musical accomplishments, for his forthright opinions on many subjects.

Percy Grainger preserved the evidence of his creative life - his archive, personal library and many of his possessions - in his Museum or 'Past-hoard-house' on the campus of the University of Melbourne, the city of his birth.

Contact the Grainger Museum:
Email: Phone: +61 3 8344 5270

What's New

Hoard House, issue 15

The latest edition of Hoard House, the Grainger Museum's newsletter has been published and is now available online.

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Public Programs for first semester of 2014

A new flyer of public programs at the Grainger Museum is now available to download.


New Grainger Museum publication: Hoardings: exceptional, exotic and commonplace

This handsome publication features forty photographs of some of the more intriguing items in the Grainger Museum's extensive collection, with accompanying short essays written by a broad range of contributors.

Hoardings: exceptional, exotic and commonplace can be purchased online from the for $24.95 at the Grainger Museum and at the Co-op Bookshop.

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Cultural Collections Project List 2014

A list of volunteer projects with University of Melbourne Cultural Collections is now online. Among the projects are six volunteer opportunities in the Grainger Museum (Projects 11.1 - 11.6).


Current exhibition

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When the Museum opened on 13 December 1938, it contained an intensely personal and largely unedited collection reflective of Grainger's interests across time, place, disciplines, cultures and musical styles. Several years later, Grainger encapsulated his collecting tastes and principles in an observation that 'Most museums, most cultural endeavours, suffer from being subjected to TOO MUCH TASTE... TOO MUCH SELECTION, TOO MUCH SPECIALISATION! What we want … is ALL-SIDEDNESS, side-lights, cross-references.' The Grainger collection has continued to grow in ways consistent with its founder's legacy and, 75 years on, it is this 'all-sidedness' that is celebrated here in an eclectic selection of objects, each of which has a story to tell.

Grainger Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal No. 2

The second issue of Grainger Studies is now available in print, featuring all of the writings published online during 2012. This issue features articles on Percy Grainger's folk song arrangements; portraits of Grainger from his London period; and on the career of Grainger's father, architect John Harry Grainger.

Grainger Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal No. 2 can be purchased online from the Co-op Bookshop, or in person at the Grainger Museum.

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