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

Please note that this year our last day open will be Sunday 21 December 2014. We will be reopening on Tuesday 3 February 2015.


Public Programs for second semester of 2014

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

An artist's utopia: Mortimer Menpes in Japan

22 July 2014 – March 2015

This exhibition of prints, paintings and decorative arts tells the story of South Australian-born artist Mortimer Menpes (1855–1938) and his love affair with Japanese culture. Menpes was one of the first western artists to visit Japan and produce artworks of the people and their customs. He saw traditional Japan as a world where art-existed through all levels of society and artists and craftspeople were greatly respected. A very popular and successful artist in Edwardian London, Menpes befriended and promoted the young Australian virtuoso pianist and composer, Percy Grainger. Mortimer Menpes' love of Japanese culture left a lasting impression on Percy and his mother, Rose.

Image: Mortimer Menpes, Portrait of the artist, 1916–1920. Etching and drypoint on paper.
Image: Mortimer Menpes, Portrait of the artist, 1916–1920.  Etching and drypoint on paper.

Hoard House, issue 15

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

Hoard House cover


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.

Hoard House cover

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).

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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