2016 Events:


Hydra: Songs and Tales of Bohemia

After sell out shows as part of Melbourne Music Week 2015, Hydra: Songs and Tales of Bohemia is back by popular demand with two more performances set for January 2016.

Hydra: Songs and Tales of Bohemia weaves music, song, documentary footage and narrative to recreate the Zeitgeist of the Greek island of Hydra in the 1960s. From Leonard Cohen to Allen Ginsberg, Sidney Nolan to Peter Finch, artists gravitated around the glamorous Australian literary couple George Johnston and Charmian Clift on this tiny Aegean island in a time of rebellion, romance and creativity.

Through the songs of Leonard Cohen, Australian artists Chris Fatouros and Spiros Falieros will recreate the period across two more nights at the inaugural MPavilion, Hellenic Museum courtyard. A bar will be open serving Greek mezze and drinks throughout the night. As a special one off, the second performance will be followed by a screening of Boy on a Dolphin, the 1957 film starring Sophia Loren that was filmed on Hydra.

Performance dates:
Friday 29 January – 6.30pm gates open for a 7.30pm start
Saturday 30 January – 6.30pm gates open for a 7.30pm start; with film to commence just after dusk, approx. 9pm

Tickets now available through Eventbrite. To purchase, just click on your selected date above.


Unclasped: Discovering Contemporary Greek Jewellery is an exploration of wearable art from the collections of local and international Greek artists. 

22 emerging and established jewellers from Greece, Cyprus, and the Greek diaspora will present their works. The pieces explore the connection between identity and place and reflect the relationships between history, traditions and cultural identity which shape and inform the artist’s practice.  This is the first time they have been exhibited in Australia. 

Unclasped was developed by jeweller Dr Nicole Polentas and co-curated with the Hellenic Museum’s curator Sarah Craig. The exhibition was designed by Christopher Earl Milbourne.

Unclasped will be presented as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program Project Series 2016.

Dates of Exhibition: 
6 February – 3 April 2016

Opening Times: 
Tues – Sun 10AM – 4PM

More information:
Dr Nicole Polentas
Christopher Earl Milbourne



Hellenic High Tea

Announcing a very special treat! We're part of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival​ 2016, holding two servings of a Hellenic High Tea in the Museum's courtyard gardens.

Developed exclusively for the Museum by Hotel Windsor's former Executive Chef, Jerome Tremoulet, the high tea will feature classic high tea dishes to fit this unique Greek brief. Cheese pies with honey roast pear relish; baklava cigars with rose scented cream and strawberry crunch, orange blossom curd tarts, pistachio macarons, mini Greek coffee ice-cream sandwiches served with a frappe martini. Watch the leafy courtyard of the Hellenic Museum escape the conventional in this contemporary European high tea.

Two sittings available:
Sunday 6 March: 1pm – SOLD OUT
Sunday 6 March: 3.30pm – SOLD OUT

Tickets available through Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

Open House 2016

Explore the heritage-listed former Royal Mint Building, view the collections on display, and see the inaugural MPavilion's new home in the leafy courtyard as the Hellenic Museum takes part in this year's Open House Melbourne program. Learn about the history of the site, and the original occupants of the building, through taking a self-guided tour over the ground and first floor of the Museum.

Join us on Saturday July 30 and Sunday 31 between 10am to 4pm. The Hellenic Museum will be free of charge on Open House weekend to let you unlock one of Melbourne's significant buildings.


Above: The facade of the former Royal Mint building which houses the Hellenic Museum. Photo: Stano Murin.