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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 - Her

Relax in a deckchair on the rooftop of a city building, Curtin House, and take in a movie in atmospheric surroundings. The rooftop bar is open every day from noon and the venue is licensed until 1am if you want to stay after the screening. Fresh food is available Seating starts at 9pm and films start at 9.30pm. The box office is open 5pm to 9.30pm (Tuesday to Thursday) and 7pm to 9.30pm (Saturday &Sunday). Full details at Rooftop Cinema .Tonight's movie is Her

Tuesday 1st April 2014

Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne -

Tickets range from $20 ($18 conc) to $30 plus booking fee
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Rooftop Cinema - The Comedy

Relax in a deckchair on the rooftop of a city building, Curtin House, and take in a movie in atmospheric surroundings. The rooftop bar is open every day from noon and the venue is licensed until 1am if you want to stay after the screening. Fresh food is available Seating starts at 9pm and films start at 9.30pm. The box office is open 5pm to 9.30pm (Tuesday to Thursday) and 7pm to 9.30pm (Saturday &Sunday). Full details at Rooftop Cinema .Tonight's movie is The Comedy

Tuesday 25th March 2014

Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne -

Tickets range from $20 ($18 conc) to $30 plus booking fee
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Rooftop Cinema - Don Jon

Relax in a deckchair on the rooftop of a city building, Curtin House, and take in a movie in atmospheric surroundings. The rooftop bar is open every day from noon and the venue is licensed until 1am if you want to stay after the screening. Fresh food is available Seating starts at 9pm and films start at 9.30pm. The box office is open 5pm to 9.30pm (Tuesday to Thursday) and 7pm to 9.30pm (Saturday &Sunday). Full details at Rooftop Cinema .Tonight's movie is Don Jon

Tuesday 18th March 2014

Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne -

Tickets range from $20 ($18 conc) to $30 plus booking fee
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Emanuel Ax plays Brahms and Schumann

Emmanuel Ax - pianist

Internationally acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax joins with members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to perform:

White Hat suggests this concert offers exceptional value for lovers of chamber music. One of the world's best pianists, particularly fine acoustics and great music.

Our rating - 5 Hats

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7.30pm, Tuesday 24th June 2014

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre -

$57 - $133 Book tickets
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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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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.