Learning about the history of Melbourne and exploring the city’s famous cultural sights won’t cost you anything. A great way to start your cultural city tour is at the State Library of Victoria, the oldest public library in Australia and one of the first free public libraries in the world. Established in 1854 as the Melbourne Public Library, this six-floor building still functions as a library, but also offers an enormous collection of heritage items and educational material. Next, head to the National Gallery of Victoria, the oldest and most visited gallery in all of Australia. With free admission, you’ll be in for a treat. The gallery hosts a variety of both local and international artists and exhibitions include contemporary art, fashion, design, architecture, sound, dance and more. Founded in 1961, the gallery remains one of Melbourne’s cultural jewels. Another must-see is the Shrine of Remembrance, a monument in honour of those who served in World War l. Of course, don’t forget St Patrick’s Cathedral, the tallest and largest church in Australia! Built in stages between 1858 and 1940, the cathedral still serves as a place of prayer and worship.