• Palliative care medical students learning visual observation skills June 2012

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  • The Potter engages with creativity and encourages learning through art.

    Founded in 1972, the Ian Potter Museum of Art is the University of Melbourne’s art museum. Housed in an award-winning building opened in 1998, the Potter is the largest university-based art museum in Australia and a national leader in the field. The Potter manages the University Art Collection, a rich resource of art and artifacts spanning neolithic to contemporary.  We are a cultural and educational facility, serving both the campus community and the general public.

    Embracing research, discovery and debate, the Potter exhibits art from antiquity to the present. We display art from the University Art Collection, as well as from public and private collections from around Australia and the world. Working with living artists, we participate directly in the development of contemporary art. Public programs, publications, and social media encourage engagement, learning and the exchange of ideas.

    The Potter is committed to extensive participation in the University’s interdisciplinary degree structure. Our goal is to make art central to teaching and learning, by enhancing art collection access and contributing to curriculum development across all faculties.

    The Potter unites art with the activities and environment of the University of Melbourne campus. We display the University Art Collection around the campus and form academic partnerships linking art with the curriculum. Through our engagement with the arts community we contribute directly to the cultural life of Victoria.


    To provide a contemporary lens on creative cultures past and present and establish a platform through art that generates conversations and debate.


    To collect, preserve, display and interpret works of art within a multidisciplinary context; to challenge and engage audiences, and to advance the appreciation of cultural heritage on a local, national and international level; thereby contributing to the University of Melbourne’s activities as a leading teaching and research institution.


    The centrality of art and artists to everything we do.

    The power of art to inspire and challenge.

    The contribution of the Potter as a distinctive voice.

    The role of the Potter as a portal to the University.

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Opening hours
Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 5pm
Monday closed


The Ian Potter Museum of Art
The University of Melbourne

  • Swanston Street
  • University of Melbourne
  • Parkville VIC 3010