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Nocturnal X Midsumma Festival

See Melbourne Museum transformed and discover what happens at night when the dinosaurs doze, and the exhibitions come alive.

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NAIDOC Week Exhibition 2018

Because of Her We Can

Celebrating the achievements of Victorian Aboriginal women of the 20th century, highlighting quiet achievers, strong advocates, and women who are at the foundations of our vibrant First Peoples community today.

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Children peering into a shop window with a Christmas display

School holiday activities

Summer school holiday activities at Melbourne Museum.

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Above, Below and Beyond: Metro Tunnels

What will Melbourne look like in the future?

Above, Below and Beyond: Metro Tunnel Virtual Reality

Take a virtual tour of the construction happening under our city.

Road to Zero school holiday activity

Wearing a helmet is super important for keeping your head safe.

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Evolution: Torres Strait Islander Masks

Explore the rich history of mask making and the significance of masks in Torres Strait Islander culture and ceremonies.

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Nelson Mandela with his fist raised

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition

A new world-class exhibition on Nelson Mandela's extraordinary life, curated from the extensive collections of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.

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Myer Windows

Make Believe

Make Believe: The Story of the Myer Christmas Windows is a magical, glittering, experience for children and adults alike, inviting lovers of this cherished Melbourne tradition.

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Two people with blue paint on their faces

Decolonise and Moisturise

An immersive workshop on decolonising art practices and self care facilitated by Candy Bowers.

A mother and son are sitting in a beanbag reading a book

Hello Possums Story Time

Join your friends for Hello Possums Story Time in the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery at Melbourne Museum.

A tree trunk hollowed out, also known as a scar tree

Silent Witness

Jim Berg’s photographic exhibition of Scar trees.

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Make Believe: The Story of the Myer Christmas Windows

It’s hard to make hats for flamingos!

A special panel event with the makers, artisans, designers, sculptors and creators behind Make Believe: The Story of the Myer Christmas Windows.


Before Hours Tour

Join an early morning, small group tour of Melbourne Museum before it opens

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Two baby kangaroos embracing

From the Heart

Marking the 10th anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.

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Garments from Museums Victoria collections in the Fashion and Textiles Store at Moreland.

Fashion Redux

Presented in partnership with Virgin Australia Fashion Festival Fashion Redux exhibition displays reimagined items from the museum's vast and fascinating collection.


First Peoples Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum and experience the vibrant cultures of Indigenous Australia

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Child peering out of a loin mask

Lunar New Year at Melbourne Museum

Celebrate the Year of the Pig

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Museum Lectures

Come on a journey of discovery with a program of talks.

Child touching mineral on display in Children's Museum.

Museum Playdates

Come and play in our newest program for 2 to 5 year olds.

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Nocturnal X Melbourne Fashion

This special edition of Nocturnal, curated in collaboration with the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF), celebrates the opening of the festival with live music, performance, drinks, and late night access to museum exhibitions.

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Exhibition entry with visitors looking at language map

First Peoples

Celebrating the history, culture, achievements and survival of Victoria’s Aboriginal people. 

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Detail of the Cole's Funny Picture Book cover

Hilarity in Print

We like books. You like books. Melbourne has always loved books!


Melbourne Museum Tours

Enrich your visit to Melbourne Museum with a small group guided tour.

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Museum Members Summer Party

It’s time to celebrate all things summer, members and museums!

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Women sitting at a sewing machine

Fashion and Ethics: Knowing your clothes

Join Ethical Clothing Australia and the Melbourne Museum as we meet the people behind the labels at some of Australia’s most ethical brands.


Milarri Garden trail

Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.

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Woman looking at wool designs.

From Sketch to Sample

In this three part workshop, learn how professional designers develop their ideas, create patterns and work with manufacturers, to create high end fashion pieces.

Boy wearing Aztec mask and animal costume (leopard print) at the Winter School Holiday Aztec activity.

Hot to Trot: Phar Lap's Fashion Revamp

Reuse, revamp and runway this VAMFF with a catwalk fashion extravaganza with Australia’s most iconic horse Phar Lap.


The History of Money

Money, trade and the human experience lecture series 

Woman holding a small bird on her hand

Listening for nature

Discover how sound recordings reveal the secrets of nature with Dr Karen Rowe’s work on birds in Australia and Sulawesi.

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An etched zinc wall that spans the north wall of Birrarung Gallery and surrounds the entry to First Peoples

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Illuminating Nature

Learn how a Melbourne watchmaker and amateur scientist used the art of magic lantern projection to present scientific discoveries of the natural world. 

Man and a woman with animations projected over them

Gut feelings; Your mind, your microbes

An expert panel explains the latest research on how our guts and mental health are linked and what we can do to be healthy and happy from the inside out.

Girl and her mother looking out the windows of a pretend train

Children's Gallery

A wondrous place for babies to 5-year-olds to explore, play and learn.

Two students using virtual reality googles to experience a road trip from the past to the future of travel in Victoria.

Road to Zero experience

The world’s first immersive experience that explores a future free from deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

Woman talking to a crowd about the eels in the pond

Eel feeding

Watch a writhing mass of hungry eels gobble up their lunch!

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Child wearing a dinosaur costume dancing at the Jurassic Dinosaur Disco at Melbourne Museum

Hello Museum Dino Disco

Say HELLO at the Dinosaur Disco and enjoy a special evening opening of the Children's Gallery and Garden.

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Collection manager Bentley Bird checking drawers with eggs during collection audit in Ornithology store.


A place for visitors to meet staff and find answers relating to the research, collections and the work of Museums Victoria.

Visitor in front of butterfly display at the entrance to Bugs Alive exhibition

Bugs Alive!

The amazing world of insects and spiders!

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Over 600 birds, reptiles, mammals and amphibians from around the world.

Visiting children examining Inostrancevia skeleton in the Dinosaur Walk exhibition.

Dinosaur Walk

Walk among skeletons of prehistoric animals.

Crinoid fossils and models

600 Million Years

The origin and evolution of life in Victoria.

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IMAX Melbourne

The most immersive cinematic experience in the world.

Girls looking into case

The Melbourne Story

An exhibition packed with icons of the city's past and present.

Trees and mist

Forest Secrets

Walk through a stand of Victoria's mountain forests in the middle of the city.

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Darwin to DNA

The processes and mechanisms of evolution.

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Highlights tour

Introduction to the museum's displays.


The Mind

Think about the workings of your own mind and the minds of others.

Horse Phar Lap on display in the Melbourne Story gallery

Phar Lap

Australia's greatest racehorse.

External view of Royal Exhibition Building from Nicholson Street

Royal Exhibition Building Tours

Discover the history and beauty of this magnificently restored building.

Various sails within Te Pasifika gallery

Te Vainui O Pasifika

Watercraft and other objects from nearly every Pacific Island nation.

A child looking at Earth globe display

Dynamic Earth

A brilliant, immersive exhibition about our ever-changing Earth.

Front view of mounted display shark

Marine Life

Dramatic underwater footage, vivid photographs and rare specimens bring Victoria’s marine animals to life.

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Museum Market Pop-Up Restaurant

Enjoy a glass of wine, coffee and lunch at Melbourne Museum’s Pop-Up Restaurant in May, overlooking the stunning Royal Exhibition Building.

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