Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 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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Neighbourhood: 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 neighbourhood 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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  • ajrenca
    San Jose, California112 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 27 August 2023
  • Tina L
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • krocchi
    Singapore, Singapore2,239 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Jacki
    Canberra, Australia210 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Sarah H
    Adelaide, Australia37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Roger Taylor
    56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,418 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to see at Museum
    The Melbourne Museum has been rearranged to improve access for visitors. One half is devoted to social history, including Melbourne. The display of Phar Lar, the legendary racehorse, is particularly interesting. The other half is dedicated to scientific specimens, including dinosaurs. The Melbourne Museum is a favorite day out for families.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 November 2023
  • Squidy Travels
    Sydney, Australia283 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my favourite museums!
    I loved my trip to Melbourne Museum! It has some really well put together and varied exhibits. I absolutely loved the dinosaur and fossil section of the museum, it’s definitely one of the best I’ve seen (up there with New York’s National History Museum) and the Melbourne History section is so beautifully done. Definitely a must see in Melbourne!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 December 2023
  • angela m
    Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Melbourne Museum a stimulating and fun place to visit
    In the past few weeks I've been to the Melbourne Museum twice - once with my grandchildren to see the Titanic relics exhibition and once alone to see the Victorian Government jewellery from the 1860s gold rushes. The Titanic exhibition, an international exhibition, was riveting to all three of us - the visionary ship building project as well as the realistic shipboard setting and astonishing and poignant objects recently retrieved from the ocean floor, as well as the high tech mission to collect clothing, china, spectacles etc without breaking them. Then, on a solo visit, I happened upon a marvelous recreation of the history of Melbourne including Coles Book Arcade and displays of the households and technologies of different eras. A remarkable collection, superbly displayed and families enjoying it. All credit to the Museum.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 January 2024
  • Traveller
    Melbourne, Australia17,412 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Largest Museum in the Southern Hemisphere
    My wife and I visited this Museum recently, after watching a movie at IMAX Melbourne, which is located next to this Museum. We have been here a few times before and enjoyed our latest visit. I have read that this is the largest Museum in the Southern Hemisphere. The incorporation of a rainforest inside this Museum makes it more interesting.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 January 2024
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Vana C
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Extraordinary museum and I say this from someone who visit lots of museum around the world. Lots of activities pack here and they also have Imax cinema here, we book to see Mad max and it was fanstasic.
Written 12 June 2024
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platypus150
Melbourne, Australia31,448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
My colleagues were planning a presentation on Victorian first nations history and we came here to research the topic. The Bunjilaka exhibit had so many interesting parts. There is the outdoor food garden, with eels swimming in the pond. An exhibition of first nations fashion was interesting also. Of great interest to us are the stories of the people from times gone by, their tools, stories of history and Bunjil, and their laws.
Written 30 May 2024
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S K
Singapore, Singapore406 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very impressive modern elongated building. Paid Aud 15 entrance fee. Was told that history was the theme at one end and science at the other end, over 2 floors. Find the exhibits quite different from typical museums. More like short term exhibition under a specific theme. So it depends on your interest. We enjoyed only the exhibits of the prehistoric animals and other animals/insects which we find more relatable. There were no marked directional paths to view the exhibits systematically so we kind of walked in circles.
Written 13 May 2024
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DenduA
Manila651 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We had an excellent time viewing information about Melbourne, its history and especially the added features the museum offered!
Written 2 May 2024
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AnJam1980
Greater Melbourne, Australia75 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Disappointing and not as good as it used to be. Great to have the triceratops there but now the collection of taxidermied animals has been removed from display. That used to be the favourite of kids and was a good opportunity for them to learn.
No one wants to see the Aboriginal display as is always empty. Yet, it takes up half of the building. The bugs display is good. The ocean and earth display used to be good but much of that has been removed.
The museum is more focused on telling people what they should be interested in rather than putting on interesting exhibits.
Written 27 April 2024
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Juliet H
Reading, UK410 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This museum is very large and it's best not to try to see everything in one visit. We went to the Bunjilaka exhibition which gave us excellent information on Aboriginal culture.
Written 23 April 2024
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KayJay
118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Top experience for different ages . We are in our mid 50s and enjoyed the special Titantic Exhibition. While there we took advantage of viewing the rest of the museum, which was included in the special exhibits . Enjoyed the diversity of exhibits !
Written 10 April 2024
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lovetheoutdoors061
Oldsmar, FL130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is an excellent way to spend a few hours in Melbourne. Only 15AUD admission. There is a very intensive Aboriginal collection that takes you on a journey from the beginnings to the present. It is organized in order with a short video by an Aboriginal person to introduce you to the next chapter. There are interactive displays, ancient tools and weapons. Several videos with Aboriginal people telling the stories their family has passed on for generations. We learned a great deal about the culture. A highly recommended museum. It is well laid out and easy to get around. There is a dinosaur exhibit that looked like the kids there were really enjoying.
Written 8 April 2024
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Nigel B
Chipping Ongar, UK408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I visited the museum with my son and granddaughter on a Thursday afternoon and after seeing the dinosaurs, we manged to get a ticket to the Titanic Artefacts exhibition despite not having prebooked a time.
On check in, you were given a boarding pass with the name and details of an original passenger, I was a 2 year old boy travelling with my father and brother.
The exhibition was well presented and fortunately it was not crowded so we were able to enjoy reading the many displays and proceed at our own pace. All generations enjoyed the visit but sadly I discovered that my father and I did not survive the trip.
Written 30 March 2024
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Sharron V
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Titanic Exhibition
Amazing collection and experience. Part of a fun over 50 tour. A very sobering experience and brought home the reality of what happened.
Written 23 March 2024
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