Key 60: Grainger Museum 1938
In the mid 1930s the expatriate Australian musician and composer, Melbourne-born Percy Grainger, provided a bequest to commemorate himself, his friends and their achievements and to 'celebrate musical life in Australia'.
The building, just outside the boundary of the old System Garden north of the Conservatorium was designed by John Gawler. Much of the work on the Museum was done by Grainger himself between 1935 and 1938.
The museum contains many letters, music manuscripts, paintings, photographs, costumes and instruments, including Grainger's own highly inventive 'free music' machines, and a collection of player-piano cylinders preserving keyboard demonstrations of his performances.