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Melbourne Museum is one of the most visited attractions in Melbourne. The museum covers a wide range of topics with incredible detail, and features extensive permanent displays and temporary exhibitions.
The museum is separated into eight distinct galleries across three levels. On the upper level, explore the continually evolving story of Melbourne through a collection of over 1,200 objects. While in the Melbourne Gallery, pay your respects to one of Australia's greatest sporting icons, the racehorse Phar Lap. In the Forest Gallery experience the fauna and flora of Victoria, then learn more about your own inner workings in the Mind and Body Gallery.
On the ground level, share the stories of Victoria’s First Peoples in the much-loved Koori Voices exhibit. Wander through the full-scale skeleton of a Blue Whale, and explore Earth’s geology and biology in the Science and Life Gallery. Kids will love the interactivity of the Children’s Gallery and Garden. On the lower floor you’ll find an IMAX Theatre that screens both blockbuster films and documentaries.
Temporary exhibitions focus on art, design and culture, and have included aboriginal artifacts, industrial design and photography. Delve a little deeper into the museum by taking a guided tour, visiting the free Discovery Centre research facility, or by attending a talk from the ever-changing lecture program. The extensive gift and book shop is the perfect one-stop spot to do all your Melbourne souvenir shopping. The Museum Café serves contemporary snacks and meals.
Located just north of downtown, Melbourne Museum is part of Carlton Gardens and stands opposite the stately Royal Exhibition Building. It’s within easy walking distance of downtown and there are numerous tram and bus routes nearby. There is also a user-pay car park on site. The museum is open daily except Good Friday and Christmas Day and there is a fee to enter.
Get the most out of your time at Melbourne Museum. Below is a list of the best activities:
Examine our Carlton things to do page to find more activities while you're here.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens and Marvel Stadium. Melbourne Central and Queen Victoria Market are also within 1 mi (2 km). Flagstaff Station is 7 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, and Melbourne Central. Emporium Melbourne and Festival Hall are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 4-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.
Located in the very heart of the city, the hotel is walking distance to world class shopping, famous theatres, major sporting venues, vibrant entertainment, exceptional restaurants, Crown Casino, and the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Set within the Southbank shopping/business complex and 200 meters (656 feet) from Yarra River, this modern-style hotel is just across Princes Bridge from the city center and within walking distance of Eureka Skydeck 88. The Victorian Arts Centre, Crown Casino, and Melbourne Cricket Ground are nearby.
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is steps from Comedy Theatre and Her Majesty's Theatre. Princess Theatre and Bourke Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. Parliament Station is only a 4-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 13 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Street, Her Majesty's Theatre, and Flinders Lane. Bourke Street Mall and Princess Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Parliament Station is 6 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 14 minutes.
This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Comedy Theatre and Her Majesty's Theatre. Princess Theatre and Melbourne Central are also within 10 minutes. Parliament Station is 8 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Collins Street and Princess Theatre. Her Majesty's Theatre and St. Vincent's Hospital are also within 10 minutes. Parliament Station is only a 2-minute walk and Jolimont Station is 16 minutes.