Grainger Museum Melbourne The Grainger Museum was established by composer and pianist Percy Grainger (1882-1961) and is the only purpose-built autobiographical museum in Australia. Grainger’s most famous work, an arrangement of the Morris dance tune Country Gardens, sold 27,000 copies per year at the height of its popularity in the 1920s and broke its publishers sales records for 75 years. Grainger channelled the earnings from his great commercial success into a Museum dedicated to the creative process. The collection contains not only objects directly related to Grainger’s compositional career, such as scores and manuscripts, but also over 50,000 items of correspondence, business files, diaries, ethnographic objects, furniture, artworks and clothing. Grainger began work on the Museum after his mother’s death in 1922 and it was officially opened in December 1938. The building was designed by the University's architect, John Gawler of the firm Gawler and Drummond, in close consultation with Grainger. The Museum’s historical and architectural significance is recognised by the building’s inclusion on the Register of the National Estate and the Victorian Heritage Register, and classification by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). In 1955 Grainger set down his revised Aims of the Grainger Museum, outlining his ‘cosmopolitan and universalist outlook on music’. Grainger’s wide ranging interests has resulted in a unique Museum with broad appeal, a must-see for locals and tourists alike.