You may be surprised to find that Melbourne is home to one of the biggest camera museums in the world. You may find that you have walked past the museum hundreds of times without knowing of it’s existence.
The museum is located on the corner of Elizabeth and Lonsdale, on the top level of Michaels Camera Store, a family business that has existed for almost 100 years.
The 2000 odd items span the length of time, from box cameras to early digital cameras. Each has a written description and a score out of five detailing its rarity. Some of eye-catchers include a WWII German navy camera with a swastika engraving, a 1940’s camera wrist watch and an ill-fated attempt at combining a compass and camera.
The cameras are arranged according to brand, in a way that is easy to follow and visually pleasing. Included are a range of accessories including film, flash equipment, dark room equipment and advertising material. Best of all, there is not a selfie stick to be found!
Next time you need a little diversion from your busy day, pop into Michaels, and enjoy the self-proclaimed “world famous” camera museum.
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm
Address: Cnr Elizabeth and & Londsdale Streets, CBD