Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
One of Australia's most popular and loved museums! Perfect for the whole family, Melbourne Museum showcases Australian social history, Aboriginal cultures, science and the environment. Expand your mind, discover new things and learn about cultures from the past and present. With exhibits to surprise and delight all ages, enjoy an inspiring and entertaining day while making memories that last a lifetime. Visit our permanent collections year-round and join us for exciting programs and temporary exhibitions from near and far. Visit the Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery the immersive space that supports families, carers, educators and children to learn together, designed for babies to 5-year-olds. Explore Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a space dedicated entirely to honouring our First People’s history, knowledge and living culture, through exhibits, storytelling, performances and more. Melbourne Museum is located adjacent to the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building.
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Neighborhood: Lygon Street
If you want real parmesan, cut from the block, grated over your pasta with a twist of style, this is the place. Until recently, this neighborhood was home to the notorious ‘Carlton Crew,’ a pseudo mafia who started their day with a local espresso. They are gone, but the espresso still runs strong in this Little Italy which has something for everyone. Starched white tablecloths, candles, pizza the way they do it "back home" and maybe even a bit of amore. The number of gelato choices will leave you in a state of indecision and wide footpaths, big awnings and a sea of packed tables makes this al fresco dining experience a continental buzz. Even if you’re not eating, it’s worth the stroll just for the people-watching, which, of course, is an Italian tradition.
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  • Loddonlily
    Great Malvern, United Kingdom351 contributions
    Must See - if you're interested in the history of the area
    Really enjoyed this museum, and I'd rate it as "must see" if you are interested in learning about the area. We took in two sections - one an exhibition on the history of the modern city, and the other an indigenous perspective. There were some other bits we didn't have time for, but those two were exactly what we'd hoped for. Recommend.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 26, 2023
  • manda h
    Singapore, Singapore174 contributions
    Modern interactive exhibits and a must see for dinosaur fans
    This is one of the most enjoyable museum visit for me, with modern, interactive exhibits in a range of different halls that have been interestingly designed. Just the right amount in each section, not overloading of details and a variety of topics. Particularly impressive was the dinosaur fossils hall and the whale fossil in the entrance. I visited on a weekday, there were not too many tourists but sharing the place with school children.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Taskeen E
    Mauritius53 contributions
    Modern museum with lots to interest children
    My son did not want to visit the museum but when he saw it, he was amazed at how modern it was! The children's play area was very fun too. Even the grown-ups had fun! He was very interested in the displays and asked questions. Plus they have an actual forest within the museum, I thought that was very cool. Overall it was a great visit. If you have young children, I recommend planning at least 2 hours for the visit and playing.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Sarahp468
    147 contributions
    An actual forest in a museum!
    We didn’t visit the entirety of the museum but spent a good amount of time in the Aboriginal history exhibit which was really interesting. We also visited the forest room which is amazing, just a forest set up inside a building. Very cool
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2023
  • ajrenca
    San Jose, California69 contributions
    A museum worth visiting that includes a free tour
    Definitely take the 1 hour free tour to get acclimated to each section. Our tour guide Ross was friendly, knowledgeable, and conducted the tour in a very organized manner. The museum only displays a small percentage of their artifacts at one time so the exhibits are rotated on a regular basis. This museum is well worth a 2-3 hour visit to see all of the displays.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Tina L
    21 contributions
    We really enjoyed our visit
    Amazing and very interactive museum. Definitely worth visiting if you are staying in Melbourne for a few days. I would also recommend the free tour which is great to show you what the museum has to offer and after that you can decide what you want to look at in detail.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 6, 2023
  • krocchi
    Singapore, Singapore1,430 contributions
    A worthy museum
    Really nice museum with lots of things to look at. Entrance ticket was cheap and worth it. There are lots of fossils, dinosaurs, solar system, taxidermy, gemstones, insects, history of Victoria, art to look at. You definitely do not wish to miss this if you’re in Melbourne. Good place for family with kids!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Jacki
    Canberra, Australia202 contributions
    Has some great displays particularly if you like dinosaurs or bugs
    The museum was much more modern than I had expected but still has the exhibitions you want to see like lots of dinosaur skeletons and interactive displays to keep the kids interested. My husband and I enjoyed the several hours we spent there and I thought it was pretty well put together. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Sarah H
    Adelaide, Australia32 contributions
    Great modern museum
    We went here to see the Gondwanaland exhibit which was highly recommended to us. It certainly lived up to the recommendation. A huge, stunning aviary and garden showcasing Australian flora and fauna. We didn't fully explore the rest, but the parts we walked through had an impressive display of Aboriginal art.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 1, 2023
  • Roger Taylor
    23 contributions
    Melbourne Nuseum zmajic.
    I thought the museum’s spectacular display of evolution was stunning and the Triceratops exhibition out of this world. The amazingly atmospheric lighting and sound effects with video support made it outstanding. The Aboriginal and rainforest sections were also very well presented - with just enough detail to keep one interested.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 2, 2023
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Melissa
Melbourne, Australia220 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Pricing is a big draw card for this museum. Free for children and $15 for adults makes this place very affordable for all families and a great spot to go during school holidays or wet weather days.
Although it has some great features such as the ongoing dinosaurs fossil exhibit and Australia history exhibit this museum is not one of the best around the world.
Lots of empty spaces which could be filled with more to see and do.
Written January 24, 2020
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland26,268 contributions
Nov 2019
Located in the Carlton Gardens, next to the Royal Exhibition Building, is the unusual Melbourne Museum, a mixture of an Ethnographic and Historical Museum with a Natural Science Museum that has a piece of live rain forest in the middle. In a way it is several different museums housed in one very modern - or more correct 'post-modernist' - construction by an internationallxy active Melbourne practice of architects. Officially the museum was opened in the year 2000.

First I went into the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where one can learn a lot about the First Peoples, not just from the exhbitis, but also from the short, informative comments, something which is valid for the whole museum. Next to it is the Pasifika Gallery about the Pacific Islanders. In the part called 'Melbourne Story' one learns about the city's young history, beginning in the early 19th century.

Very rich is the 'Science and Life Gallery', with the casts of some enormous skeletons of Dinosaurs, but one also learns about Marine Life, Bugs, Microbes in the Human Guts, about the Human Mind, about Evolution in general: from Darwin to DNA. From the living Forest Gallery I remember mainly the tree ferns, the giant moss and the stick insects.

Since I spent a full morning in here I had a light lunch in self service at the museums 'Market Cafe'. Exit is through the Museum Shop.
Written February 1, 2020
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Dominique J
60 contributions
Jul 2020
Yesterday after the Melbourne Museum re opened we had booked a ticket for 2 . Keep in mind this is during difficult times of the pandemic , was a very enjoyable experience . We spent approximately 3 hours there including a snack in the kiosk. Favourite parts were the minerals, stuffed animals , dinosaurs. Staff did an excellent job of ensuring everyone adhered to social distancing and hand sanitiser was readily available everywhere . Would recommend this for a day out , would have included walk through parliament gardens and cooks cottage if weather was a little better.
Written July 5, 2020
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CathyGri
Newark-on-Trent, UK290 contributions
Feb 2020
We were lucky to arrive at the museum just as a free introcuctory guided tour by a museum volunteer was about to start. This tour gave us a good introduction to the museum ahead of us further exploring the galleries in more detail ourselves. The museum also has a great coffee shop and souvenir shop. We really enjoyed our visit. Be sure to allow 3-4 hours for your visit to enjoy everything this museum has to offer. We liked the exhibition in miniature with dolls houses and many other interesting childhood memories. The galleries on mental health were very thought provoking.
Written February 18, 2020
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Jessica H
Miranda, Australia12 contributions
Jan 2020
Using our Sydney Australian Museum Pass we were delighted to have access to the Melbourne Museum for our family of 2 adults and 2 children (5, 8 years).

Thinking that we would spend 2 hours max turns out we could have spent the entire day there! We only covered half in 3 hours. It was interactive/engaging for all ages, a large range to see and information was easy to understand and take in. To my surprise it was also a 'living' museum!

My only complaint was the cafe and shop was expensive
Written February 4, 2020
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Swisshen
Perth, Australia2,323 contributions
Nov 2020
This is a big museum so with the restriction of only being allowed a 90 minute visit you have to decide which parts you are going to visit. But you still have to pay $15 admission cost.
I enjoyed the First Peoples Exhibition and Two Strong Sisters Connection Art Collection.
The mineral exhibition is very sparkly.
Written November 25, 2020
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PRM
1 contribution
Apr 2021 • Solo
Avoid the joint Museum/IMAX ticket. Website for booking tickets was very unclear and timings overlapped badly which meant ending up with barely 30 minutes in the museum after the film finished - and then being rushed out through the museum shop at closing time. These are very separate activities - I would definitely avoid combining them in one ticket. No time to look at the museum exhibitions in any detail. Really poor experience - would definitely not go back again.
Written April 11, 2021
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David B
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
May 2021
Took 3 kids ( all under 10) after the insects and spiders etc, they got quickly bored. Needs more interactive stations in my opinion. There are some cool visual arts as you initially walk in ( a room on your left) with 4 walls of cool visuasl matched by chiiled music. The original people exhib was also good to educate the kids about.
I have scored it average which is a little harsh but i can't score it very good.
Written May 16, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,045 contributions
Nov 2021
There are two sorts of people who visit this Museum: small children and adults. The adults are interested in science, of various kinds. Take a hint -- the kids love the dinosaur skeletions and the stuffed animals and not much else. This trip will take around an hour. Many kids are regular visitors. If you want to do some serious museum viewing taking three hours or more, leave the kids at home, or they will drive you bonkers. If possible, visit during the week.
Written November 12, 2021
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,890 contributions
Dec 2020 • Friends
There is something about visiting local or regional museums and often the sense of connection with your surroundings is more immediate. The Melbourne Museum has some wonderful collection including a must-see Indigenous Gallery. The stories and artefacts tell a powerful story. The themes of the other galleries range from contemporary art and design to colonial days. The bush land area is also worth spending some time in. Something for everyone.
Thanks for your vote.
Written February 11, 2021
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