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Trees and mist
The Forest Gallery at Melbourne Museum.

A visit to Melbourne Museum is a rich, surprising insight into life in Victoria. We show you Victoria's intriguing permanent collections and bring you brilliant temporary exhibitions from near and far. You'll see our natural environment, our cultures and our history through different perspectives.

We left our old home in the State Library Building in 1997, and into a building located in Carlton Gardens that was designed by Denton Corker Marshall. The new Melbourne Museum reopened on 21 October 2000.

Inside, you'll find:

  • the Forest Gallery, the living heart of the museum and home to tall trees and wondrous wildlife
  • the Science and Life Gallery at the west end, where you'll find bugs, dinosaurs, fossils, animals, human biology and more
  • the Melbourne Gallery at the east end, which tells the story of our beloved city and is the stable of famous racehorse Phar Lap
  • Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a place imbued with the living traditions and knowledge of Koorie people and other cultures from around Australia
  • Te Pasifika Gallery, a bright soaring space filled with treasures from the Pacific Islands
  • the Children's Gallery packed with things for little kids to see and do
  • the Touring Hall, where we display major exhibitions from around the world
  • 3D documentaries and Hollywood blockbusters on the giant IMAX Melbourne screen
  • The museum's café, shop and theatre


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