The Australian Music Vault is a celebration of the Australian contemporary music story – past, present and future.
Created in collaboration with the music industry, it features a free, permanent exhibition, interactive and digital experiences, iconic objects from Arts Centre Melbourne's Australian Performing Arts Collection and an ongoing calendar of live performances, education programs and public events.
Their current exhibition: Hip hop celebrates the vibrant role hip hop has played in Australian cultural life for almost 40 years. Initially dismissed as a fad, hip hop has endured to become one of today’s most popular forms of musical storytelling.
From its earliest days, Australian hip hop has been enriched by the talents of artists from varied cultural backgrounds with Indigenous Australian, Pacifica and African influences contributing to its unique character. Hip hop artists have also used the art form to encourage debate in Australia on important issues such as racism, climate change, land rights and detention of asylum seekers, in an effort to create a fairer, more compassionate society.
A free exhibition. Open daily.