Butterflies on display in the Bugs Alive! exhibition at Melbourne Museum

Bugs Alive! gallery visit

Terms 1-4, Monday–Friday
Year level
Years K-10
Education service fee
Booking information
Bookings (03) 8341 7767

The Bugs Alive! exhibition showcases live insects, giant models and thousands of pinned specimens from the museum’s entomology collection.

Primary students will be enthralled as they learn about the diversity of bugs’ bodies, behaviour, habitats and life-cycles.

Secondary students may focus on classification, adaptation, survival and ecological impact of insects, arachnids and other invertebrates.

A variety of resources for studying insects in the classroom for all learners are available in the related links.

We recommend Kindergarten and Foundation to Level 4 groups book into the Schoolyard Bugs virtual learning program to support their learning experience.

Curriculum links

Biological Science

Foundation – Level 2

  • Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves

Levels 3 – 4

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things
  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive

Levels 5 – 6

  • Living things have structural adaptations that help them survive in their environment
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment

Levels 7 – 8

  • There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity

Levels 9 – 10

  • Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems

Related links

Related programs and resources

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