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McCubbin - Pioneers
Pioneers (1904) by Frederick McCubbin
at the Ian Potter Centre NGVA (see No.1 below)
Click here to buy this print
  1. The Ian Potter Centre (or the National Gallery of Victoria - Australian Collection) at Federation Square provides a superb overview of Australian art. As well as containing important works by most major Australian artists since European settlement it also has a fine collection of Aboriginal art from before that time. While you are they take note of the contemporary architecture of the gallery which blends modern engineering with century-old recycled materials.
For anyone interested in classic cars, White Hat can recommend the Fox Classic Car Collection as a 'must visit'. It is open on Tuesdays (Feb to Nov). More information at The White Hat Guide to the Fox Classic Carr Collection.

 

  1. The Queen Victoria  Market is closed on a Monday and Wednesday so White Hat suggests you take advantage of Tuesdays to visit one of Melbourne's most popular destinations. It is a large covered market selling fresh produce and general goods and has been central to Melbourne's life for over a century. Alternatively you can search out another Tuesday market. You can find a comprehensive list of Tuesday markets at The White Hat Guide to Tuesday Markets in Melbourne
  2. You could start the day with free Tai Chi classes at Federation Square. These sessions are suitable both for newcomers or experienced practitioners.
  3. Australia has a large Greek population; in fact it is the largest Greek city in the world outside of Greece. The Hellenic Museum showcases some of the contributions of Greek people towards Australia as well as featuring small exhibitions of Greek antiquities. It is all housed in the Former Royal Mint Building which is a fine example of 19th century architecture.
  4. Take a leisurely wander through the Flagstaff Gardens in the midst of the city buildings. During summer you may find free concerts or free painting classes taking place. During winter you can sit and ponder the rich vein of history this place represents in the development of Melbourne. More information at The White Hat Guide to the Flagstaff Gardens.
  5. Tuesday nights offer the opportunity of half price skating at the Icehouse where you need not feel embarrassed at bumbling around amongst the professionals.
  6. Tuesday also offers a chance to catch up on some movies on the cheap. Many cinemas offer cheap or half price tickets on a Tuesday. Currently (May 2011) you may find Hoyts offering $11 tickets and Greater Union $8 tickets. Some pizza chains and DVD hire places also offer special prices on a Tuesday so it is worth checking them out.
  7. The Block Arcade is a wonderful place to wander through and soak up the sumptuous atmosphere of up-market shopping a century ago. However it is a living building and you can get a look behind the scenes on a guided tour.
  8. Altona Beach MarketMelbourne comes alive at the weekend with a myriad of outdoor craft markets, but there are few during the week. One exception is the Altona Beach Market which is about 30 minutes by train from the city.
  9. Melbourne's lanes & alleys give it a distinctive flavour with lots of cafés, galleries, designer studios and graffiti art hidden away from the main streets. Why not investigate?
  10. Melbourne is a flat city which means the views from our tallest buildings go on for miles as well as providing a more detailed overview of the city and inner suburbs. White Hat can recommend a vest to the viewing platforms at the Eureka Tower.
  11. Take a free tour through Melbourne Town Hall and and view its impressive chambers and view the wonderful pipe organ close up.
  12. During summer enjoy rooftop cinema under the sky on top of a city building. There are regular screenings on the rooftop of Curtin House.
  13. Take the kids to Story Time at the Polly Woodside. Let them her tall tales about pirates and life on the high seas.
  14. Take a tour of Docklands Stadium.
  15. If you are looking for something relaxing or romantic, every Tuesday during Spring Autumn and Summer there is an afternoon harp concert in the Royal Botanic Gardens. For more details see The White Hat Guide to the Harp.
  16. For a bit of magic in Chinatown you could try the Top Hat Tuesdays on the first Tuesday of the month. Details at Chinatown.
  17. Jazz lovers may be interested to visit the Victorian Jazz Archives in Wantirna.
  18. And finally, if it's raining then you could have a look at The White Hat Guide to 50 Things to do on a Rainy Day in Melbourne.

Choose a particular Tuesday

Some forthcoming events on a Tuesday in Melbourne

Rooftop Cinema - Beyond Clueless

Curtin House rooftop

Relax in a deckchair on the rooftop of a city building, Curtin House, and take in a movie in atmospheric surroundings. Tickets range from $20 ($18 conc) to $30 plus booking fee. Tonight's movie is Beyond Clueless (CTC).

The Rooftop Bar is open daily from midday and is licensed until 1am. The Rooftop Cinema Box Office is open 5.00–9.30pm Tue–Thu and 5.00–9.30pm Sat–Sun. However White Hat suggests booking online in advance as many screenings sell out. Seating starts from 9pm and films start at 9.30pm during summer. Full details and booking information at Rooftop Cinema

Tue 27th Jan 2015

Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne -

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Rooftop Cinema - The Skeleton Twins

Curtin House rooftop

Relax in a deckchair on the rooftop of a city building, Curtin House, and take in a movie in atmospheric surroundings. Tickets range from $20 ($18 conc) to $30 plus booking fee. Tonight's movie is The Skeleton Twins (M).

The Rooftop Bar is open daily from midday and is licensed until 1am. The Rooftop Cinema Box Office is open 5.00–9.30pm Tue–Thu and 5.00–9.30pm Sat–Sun. However White Hat suggests booking online in advance as many screenings sell out. Seating starts from 9pm and films start at 9.30pm during summer. Full details and booking information at Rooftop Cinema

Tue 20th Jan 2015

Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne -

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Rooftop Cinema - Locke

Curtin House rooftop

Relax in a deckchair on the rooftop of a city building, Curtin House, and take in a movie in atmospheric surroundings. Tickets range from $20 ($18 conc) to $30 plus booking fee. Tonight's movie is Locke (MA).

The Rooftop Bar is open daily from midday and is licensed until 1am. The Rooftop Cinema Box Office is open 5.00–9.30pm Tue–Thu and 5.00–9.30pm Sat–Sun. However White Hat suggests booking online in advance as many screenings sell out. Seating starts from 9pm and films start at 9.30pm during summer. Full details and booking information at Rooftop Cinema

Tue 13th Jan 2015

Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne -

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Rooftop Cinema - Labyrinth

Curtin House rooftop

Relax in a deckchair on the rooftop of a city building, Curtin House, and take in a movie in atmospheric surroundings. Tickets range from $20 ($18 conc) to $30 plus booking fee. Tonight's movie is Labyrinth (M).

The Rooftop Bar is open daily from midday and is licensed until 1am. The Rooftop Cinema Box Office is open 5.00–9.30pm Tue–Thu and 5.00–9.30pm Sat–Sun. However White Hat suggests booking online in advance as many screenings sell out. Seating starts from 9pm and films start at 9.30pm during summer. Full details and booking information at Rooftop Cinema

Tue 6th Jan 2015

Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne -

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Rooftop Cinema - Casablanca

Curtin House rooftop

Relax in a deckchair on the rooftop of a city building, Curtin House, and take in a movie in atmospheric surroundings. Tickets range from $20 ($18 conc) to $30 plus booking fee. Tonight's movie is Casablanca (PG).

The Rooftop Bar is open daily from midday and is licensed until 1am. The Rooftop Cinema Box Office is open 5.00–9.30pm Tue–Thu and 5.00–9.30pm Sat–Sun. However White Hat suggests booking online in advance as many screenings sell out. Seating starts from 9pm and films start at 9.30pm during summer. Full details and booking information at Rooftop Cinema

Tue 30th Dec 2014

Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne -

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Rooftop Cinema - Home Alone

Curtin House rooftop

Relax in a deckchair on the rooftop of a city building, Curtin House, and take in a movie in atmospheric surroundings. Tickets range from $20 ($18 conc) to $30 plus booking fee. Tonight's movie is Home Alone (PG).

The Rooftop Bar is open daily from midday and is licensed until 1am. The Rooftop Cinema Box Office is open 5.00–9.30pm Tue–Thu and 5.00–9.30pm Sat–Sun. However White Hat suggests booking online in advance as many screenings sell out. Seating starts from 9pm and films start at 9.30pm during summer. Full details and booking information at Rooftop Cinema

Tue 23rd Dec 2014

Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne -

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Australian Ballet - 2015 20:21

Experience the physical extremes of modern ballet The best of the 20th century, the freshest of the 21st: this electrifying triple bill showcases two giants of the New York dance scene and The Australian Ballet's newest resident choreographer. George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements is inspired by the revolutionary music of Igor Stravinsky, his friend and muse. This provocative piece kicks off with a line of chic dancers haughtily tossing their ponytails and blends the rigour of ballet with the vigour of jazz. Twyla Tharp’s pulse-pounding In the Upper Room sets the stage alight with scarlet pointe shoes and sneakers, the driving music of Philip Glass and a bracing blend of classical and contemporary technique. It’s described by Tharp as “the only piece I’ve done that generates a standing ovation at almost every performance”. Be there for the unveiling of Resident Choreographer Tim Harbour’s newest ballet – a stripped-down work set to a contemporary electronic score, featuring set designs by cutting-edge architect Kelvin Ho. With Orchestra Victoria

Symphony In Three Movements (1946); Choreography George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust; Music Igor Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements

In The Upper Room (1986); Choreography Twyla Tharp, Music Philip Glass

New Work (2015); Choreography Tim Harbour; Set design Kelvin Ho, Akin Creative

Mon to Sat, 27th Aug to 5th Sept 2015

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre -

Book tickets from The Australian Ballet

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Australian Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty

Fairies, bluebirds, a gilded court and a spell-shattering kiss: the world’s most extravagant ballet is awakened to new life by The Australian Ballet's Artistic Director David McAllister. The Sleeping Beauty, with its Rose Adage, its grand pas de deux, its charming variations and its enchanting Tchaikovsky score, is the zenith of ballet’s golden age. Keeping true to the spirit of the traditional Beauty, David McAllister will direct a production that gives thrilling rein to the talents of the entire company. Lavish sets and costumes by Gabriela Tylesova, whose work for ballet, opera and theatre includes the much-lauded designs for Love Never Dies, will evoke the splendour of the Imperial court and the magic of fairies, nymphs and visions. With Orchestra Victoria

Mon to Sat, Sept 15th to 26th 2015

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre -

Book tickets from The Australian Ballet

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Top Hat Tuesdays

Top Hat Tuesdays logoIf you are looking for something different to do on the first Tuesday of the month White Hat suggests you might investigate some magic in Chinatown. Top Hat Tuesdays are a celebration of the magical arts, showcasing the best of Melbourne’s local and travelling magicians. Every month, you can come and experience a night of magic and mystery. Doors open 7pm, show from 7.30 to 9pm. When the final curtain draws at Top Hat Tuesdays, it’s time to share the limelight with your friends, with the venue transforming into an open-mic karaoke bar, so if you don’t want the fun to end, hang around for a Tom Jones rendition or two.

1st Tuesday of month

Level 2 / 2 Coverlid Place, Chinatown, Melbourne -

Cost: $12.50 pre-sale tickets online, or $15 at door
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Anything Goes

Opera Australia and John Frost present Cole Porter's smash-hit musical comedy, Anything Goes. Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography during its most recent Broadway revival, Anything Goes is a stunning nautical favourite. Now a brand new Australian production sets sail for Melbourne.

When the ocean liner embarks from New York to London, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love... proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.

Reno Sweeney - Caroline O'Connor, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh - Todd McKenney, Moonface Martin = Wayne Scott Kermond, Billy Crocker - Alex Rathgeber, Hope Harcourt - Claire Lyon, Evangeline Harcourt - Carmen Duncan, Erma - Debora Krizak, Captain - Alan Jones

Tue to Sun, 30th May to 19th July 2015

Princess Theatre -

Purchase tickets from Opera Australia
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West Side Shorts

Short films in a relaxed atmosphere. White Hat suggests that if you are inteerested in watching the type of short films you are unlikely to see in a mainstream cinema with a chance to discuss what you thought of them over a drink then you might want to check out West Side Shorts. Program details at Angry Productions.

8.30pm, 2nd Tuesday of month

Customs House Hotel, 161 Nelson Place Williamstown -

cost $5
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Morning Tai Chi session

Led by Tai Chi Australia

7.30-8.30am, Tuesdays

Federation Square -

Free Enquiries: (03) 9655 1900
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Selected attractions open on certain Tuesdays in Melbourne

Fox Classic Car Collection

 

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Free Tour of Melbourne Town Hall

A free tour of the historic Melbourne Town Hall. Numbers are limited so bookings are essential and required one day in advance. Tours Run Monday to Friday at 11am & 1pm and last for approximately 1 hour. Bookings: (03) 9658 9658

 

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Grainger Museum

Built by arguably Australia's finest musician, Percy Grainger, to house his collection of music-related instruments, scores and other items associated with his life and career. more info > >

 

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Heide Museum of Modern Art

10am-5pm Tue-Fri, noon-5pm Sat/Sun /Public Holidays

 

7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen, -
Enquiries: (03) 9850 1500

Hellenic Museum

Situated in the historic Former Royal Mint buildung, this small but important museum is Australia' foremost centre of Hellenic history, ciuture and the arts as well as documenting Greek migation and contributions to Australia. More information >>
10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Thursday

 

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Enquiries: (03) 8615 9016

Jewish Museum of Australia

Preserving and exhibiting Jewish heritage, arts, customs and religious ritual in all its diversity. It includes the significant contrbutions of Jewish people to Australian life. more info > >

 

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National Gallery of Victoria - Australian Collection

 

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Old Treasury Building

One of Australia's finest Victorian era buildings. It is open to teh public on Wednesdays and Sundays and features fine displays related to Melbourne history. More info >>
10am to 4pm, Sunday to Friday

 

Cnr Spring St & Collins St - Melbourne
Enquiries: (03) 9651 2233

The Hotel Windsor

Afternoon Tea at The Windsor
For as long as most people can remember, afternoon tea at The Hotel Windsor has been a Melbourne institution. A full leisurely afternoon tea served in the luxurious surrounds of Melbourne's of Melbourne grand old historic hotel really calls for a lady to wear a hat and gloves. If you don't have a hat and gloves and the gentleman doesn't have a cane then White Hat urges you to at least carry yourself with a dignified air.

 

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Victorian Jazz Archive

The Victorian Jazz Archive is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers with the mission and vision of "Proactively Collecting, Archiving & Disseminating Australian Jazz". The organisation's venue houses an impressive collection of jazz-related materials. More info >>
10am to 3.30pm, Tuesdays & Fridays

 

'Koomba Park', 15 Mountain Highway - Wantirna
Enquiries: (03) 9800 5535

You can find a comprehensive guide to markets around Australia at The White Hat Guide to Markets in Australia.