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Michaels Camera Museum

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Address: Corner Elizabeth and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9672 2222
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One of the world's Classic & Antique camera museums. Over 2,500 cameras...

One of the world's Classic & Antique camera museums. Over 2,500 cameras on display. Free Entry! (As a goodwill tourism gesture by the Michael family to City Of Melbourne).

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Free trip out for half hr :-)

If your into your photography and camera's this is the place to go. Its free and brilliant. Lots of old cameras throughout the years on display. A great thing that has been done... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If your into your photography and camera's this is the place to go. Its free and brilliant. Lots of old cameras throughout the years on display. A great thing that has been done is a star rating on how likely you are to get hold of the camera to this day. The museum is on level 1 along with a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Good selection of bags and lighting. Repair shop is good too. Professional and reliable with films, developing and printing them. Have all sort of variety of films

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Visited today to have a look. It was just amazing, looking at the history of the camera and reading of the wonderful people that had the foresight in developing the camera so we can enjoy their vision. Loved it.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Located inside Michaels Camera Shop on Level 1. Its just a small section at the far end of the floor. But it has hundreds of old cameras from Pentax, Nikon, Canon, Ricoh, Minolta, Olympus. There is also a small display of slightly modern cameras when the first digital cameras were available. There is also a very beautiful collection of photos... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Our leaflet claimed it is the 'largest camera musum in the world'. I have a feeling the camera section of the National Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire UK, may have a larger collection. However, Michael's is most certainly an excellent museum and well worth a visit - as is Melbourne itself.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Camera nerds will think they have died and gone to heaven when they see Michael's Camera Museum. It has almost every sort of camera you can think of. Honestly, a lot of it is over my head, but if you are a camera aficionado, you will love it. The Museum is above Michael's camera shop, corner of Elizabeth and Lonsdale... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Interesting collection of cameras and photos. Quite small though and strategically placed inside a large camera shop. Worth a visit to pop in and take a look though.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

Interesting collection of cameras from all over the world. Covers large format to digital with the emphasis on 35mm. Not very well labelled and little explanation of the history but nevertheless an amazing collection. Well worth a visit for any camera collector.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

I went in because I needed a new battery for my camera and since it didn't take long I checked out there "museum" also. Kind of small exhibition on the upper floor but it was interesting to see the evolution of the camera over time. Worth about 15-20 minutes of your time if that sort of thing appeals to you.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2016

Michael's has been a Melbourne institution since 1916. Michael's claim to be Australia's largest camer and video shop. Shutterbugs will love the museum. It is upstairs and has a very wide range of cameras and associated equipment. I found it fascinating, even though I am an intermittent photographer. Who could forget flashbulbs for night photography? You can see them here.

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