Grainger Museum, University of Melbourne

The Grainger Museum was established in the 1930s by the prominent Australian-American composer, pianist, folklorist, educator and collector Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961).

Grainger Museum, Royal Parade, University of Melbourne Parkville campus

Grainger's 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.

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


The Collection, which was created and installed by Grainger himself between 1935 and 1956, comprises over 100,000 artefacts including an estimated 50,000 items of correspondence.

This teaching and research collection of national and international significance encompasses music manuscripts and printed scores, instruments, artworks, costumes, decorative arts and furniture, ethnographica, photographs, 'Lust Branch' Collection, Percy Grainger's archive, archives and music of other Australian composers, archives of Australian musical culture, Grainger's personal library, and a sound archive.