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Melbourne Museum

Explore Victoria, from the rich heritage of its First Peoples to its diverse natural environments, in one of Australia’s premier museums.

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.

Popular Activities at Melbourne Museum

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.


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