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The Australian Performing Arts Collection at Arts Centre Melbourne is the largest specialist performing arts collection in Australia, with over 680,000 items relating to the history of circus, dance, music, opera and theatre in Australia and of Australian performers overseas.



Established as the Performing Arts Museum in 1979, it is now officially known as the Australian Performing Arts Collection.

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The Australian Performing Arts Collection holds exhibitions the galleries throughout Arts Centre Melbourne (Gallery 1, Gallery 2, St Kilda Road Foyer Gallery and Smorgon Family Plaza). Exhibitions subjects have included AC/DC, Kylie Minogue, Geoffrey Rush, Peter Allen, and Nick Cave and have toured nationally and internationally. The current exhibition, The Australian Music Vault, is a collaboration with the music industry.


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