Early years

Learning is an active process that occurs from birth and helps children in their life long development. Children have been a part of Museums Victoria since 1917, from the introduction of low showcases in the Children’s Room, to the detailed and robust learning theory and spaces for children today.

Early learning is supported by our unique programs, experiences and galleries developed within the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

Melbourne Museum

The Children’s Gallery is the starting point for early years learning at Melbourne Museum and there are five programs on offer for pre-school groups.



Infant playing with exhibits in the Ground Up exhibition at Scienceworks while a man looks on.
Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together

Children are natural born scientists. Through play they trial, test and experiment to learn how something works. All across Scienceworks are opportunities for young children to practice their skills, make observations and learn about the world. Outside there is plenty of room to run and play.

Programs and experiences offered at Scienceworks for young children include:

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