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This Museum in the Heart of the City is the largest in the Southern hemisphere filled with amazing galleries and Exhibition Areas.

It houses both permanent and temporary exhibitions.

One of the most interesting things to do when visiting Melbourne is a trip to the Museum.

Hailed as one of Melbourne's Top Tourist Attractions due to the fact that history, the present and the future are cleverly and professionally displayed giving the visitor a visual and unforgettable experience.

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Operating under the banner of Museum Victoria and forming part of the trio, the other two being ...

The Immigration Museum

The Scienceworks Museum

Where Is The Melbourne Museum?

The Address...

11 Nicholson Street

Carlton, Victoria, 3053

Contact details - (03)8341 7777 or 131102

Plan your trip.

Click onto the icon on the map below and follow the prompts.

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What Is At The Museum?

  • 7 Main Galleries
  • A Children's gallery
  • Temporary Galleries for Exhibitions on all 3 levels
  • The Touring Hall that houses roving exhibitions such as The Mummies from Egypt and the Dinosaurs from China
  • The Age Theatre
  • The Discovery Centre, used for research
  • Cafe
  • A Souvenier Shop
  • The Incredible Imax Theatre, the world's largest cinema format, with a screen up to eight storeys high. Films, from documentaries to latest release movies, can be experienced in 2D or 3D.

Imax Theatre At Melbourne Museum

The History Of The Museum

The Museum opened in 1854 and originally was located in Russell Street. This site now houses the State Library.

The new modern site, situated opposite the Melbourne Exhibition Buildings explores the life in Victoria including the natural environment together with the culture and history throughout the past years.

A Selection Of Museum Books That May Interest You.

Melbourne: A City of Stories

  Melbourne: A City of Stories  

This book grew out of Museum's permanent exhibition, The Melbourne Story.

That makes it a selective history: one based on objects - things that have survived.

The idea that objects can give rise to stories comes as no surprise to anyone whos ever dug up a shard of old china in their garden, or found an ancient button down the back of a chair.

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Old Melbourne Gaol

  The Old Melbourne Gaol  

This is a museum and former prison located in Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

It consists of a bluestone building and courtyard, and is located next to the old City Police Watch House and City Courts buildings.

It was first constructed starting in 1839, and during its operation as a prison between 1845 and 1924, it held and executed some of Australia's most notorious criminals, including bushranger Ned Kelly and serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming.

In total, 135 people were executed by hanging.

Though it was used briefly during World War II, it formally ceased operating as a prison in 1924; with parts of the gaol being incorporated into the RMIT University, and the rest becoming a museum.

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The Permanent Museum Exhibits

   The Science and Life Gallery   

This is where you will find skeletons of dinosaurs and unusual prehistoric creatures.

The Gallery also contains exhibitions of insects, spiders, marine life and many more interesting species.

Tyrannosaurus Rex Skeleton - Melbourne Museum

Tyrannosaurus Rex Skeleton at the Melbourne Museum compliments of

   The Melbourne Gallery   

Featuring the History of Melbourne from the early 1800's and onward, known as the Melbourne Story.

Cobb And Co Passenger and Mail Delivery Coach

Cobb and Co Mail Delivery and Passenger Coach at the Melbourne Australia museum compliments of

   Phar Lap    

This famous race horse stands proudly displayed for all to see. The horse that won the Melbourne Cup way back in the days of the depression.

For more information on this magnificent horse click this Victorian Museum link.

Phar Lap Racehorse Display

Phar Lap at the Melbourne Museum compliments of

   Pygmy Blue Whale   

This is the skeleton of this amazing creature you see as you enter the museum.

If you would like more information on this species of whale then click this Wikipedia link.

This is the Blue Whale Information Fact Sheet from the Discovery Centre at the Museum.

The Pygmy Blue Whale Skeleton

Pygmy Blue Whale skeleton at the Melbourne Australia Museum compliments of

   The Mind and Body Gallery   

This includes the amazing exhibition into the mind, known as Mind: enter the Labyrinth.

   The Evolution Gallery   

   The Forest Gallery   

Here you will find live birds, forestry, reptiles and other animal life.

This video below gives you a great idea of this amazing gallery.

   The Pacifica Gallery   

Highlighting the history of watercrafts of the Pacific Islanders.

   The Children's Gallery   

All things to do with children from the ages of 3 through to 8.

   A Day in Pomeii   

Includes the last moments of this great city.


This beautiful, fascinating and educational gallery, Bunjilaka, displays artworks, artifacts and the history of Victoria's South East Aboriginal Communities.

Performances Are Held Here Regularly    

Opening Hours At The Museum

Open Daily between 10:00am and 5:00pm

Closed on Good Friday and Christmas day

General Admission is $8:00

Concession and Children -FREE

Check the official Museum website for what is currently on exhibition.

  • Disability access... Wheelchairs are available at the Museum reception.

Underground parking is available at a reasonable cost.

Click here for more information on parking at the Museum.

There is also metered parking on the streets surrounding the Museum.

The Museum is quite an experience. One to be shared by all family members, old and young alike.

Make a day of it and don't forget to check out what is on at the IMAX Theatre.

* Discounted Museum tickets are only available for purchase at the IMAX Box Office when admission has been paid to an IMAX film.

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