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Viking ship

Vikings: Beyond the Legend

The largest collection of Viking artefacts ever displayed in Australia.

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A man examining the tracks of a car in the outback.

Bush Mechanics: The Exhibition

Learn more about Indigenous ingenuity, humour and resilience through the wonderful stories of the Bush Mechanics.

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Crowd in red light


Join us for a night at the museum featuring Totally Mild, Jess Ribeiro, RVG and Jade Imagine.

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two penguins made of lego blocks

Brickman Awesome

Brickman Awesome, presented by Toyota features 39 LEGO® models, none of which have been seen in Melbourne before!

You Can't Do That exhibition

You Can't Do That

A celebration of Melbourne fashion designers, models and industry luminaries from the 1960s to today.

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Design work by Emma Lucas, Canterbury Girls' Secondary College

Top Designs 2018

A sneak peek at the future of Australian design.

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Child using binoculars to spot birds in Forest Gallery.

Museum Playdates

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

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Woman giving a presentation

Museum Lectures

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

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Visitors enjoying the Real Madrid World of Football Experience.

Real Madrid World of Football Experience

Featuring the latest physical and digital playable technology, view Real Madrid's most famous trophies and learn from their success.

Comic superhero

Marramb-ik (I Am)

An exhibition of storytelling through comic pop culture incorporating identity, heroes and language.

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Guests receiving a tour of the DNA Biobank lab led by Joanna Sumner at a donor event at Melbourne Museum.

Members Behind the Scenes Tours

Get behind the locked doors, meet our inspiring staff and get closer to our collection.

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Five mannequins wearing mini-dresses on display in the window of a department store, New York. A sign at the left reads 'Status Dressing for a Young New Yorker!'.

Fashion Call Out

An exciting opportunity to create and hold your own fashion event at Melbourne Museum!

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Students reaching out to touch a projection

Future Museums: panel discussion and Q&A

Join Museums Victoria experts as they discuss valuable insights about how advancements in technology can connect people and place.

The Orbweavers

Weaving magic: The Orbweavers Live

Local musicians, The Orbweavers, perform songs connected to the Museum's collections, followed by a Q&A.

Moss forest

Expedition Sulawesi lecture

Pull on your hiking boots and join the adventures of Museums Victoria scientists exploring biodiversity in Indonesia's remote mountain forests. You just might discover a new species or two.

Beetroot tartlet

Mother's Day High Tea

Tap into the sense of occasion of the time-honoured ritual of high tea at Melbourne Museum this Mother's Day.

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Interior of store, two sales assistants, one male one female; pink, purple, red and blue decor.

You Can Do That!

Experience the exhibition You Can't Do That as it comes to life with the exhibitors and curators.

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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Acrylic painting on canvas by Gordon Bennett; painted image of running soldiers bearing arms in black, red and yellow, the colours of the Aboriginal flag of Australia

For Country, For Nation

For Country, for Nation honours the selfless contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the Anzac legend.

Black and white photograph of Nelson Mandela

Mandela My Life – The Exhibition

Mandela My Life – The Exhibition will make its world premiere in Melbourne in September 2018 at Melbourne Museum, coinciding with the 100th anniversary celebrations of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

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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.

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.

Old Norse to Contemporary Scandi Culture.

Old Norse to contemporary Scandi culture

From Old Norse to contemporary Scandinavian, it’s all about comfort and discovering the enjoyment of every day pleasures.

Melanie Mackenzie on the ice shelf in  front of the research vessel the James Clark Ross in Antarctica.

Antarctic marine life

On World Environment Day Melanie Mackenzie describes the trials and triumphs of a recent Antarctic research voyage.

Interior view of engine house showing mining pumping equipment.

A Million Pounds and Not a Penny Return

Learn how British investors lost a fortune in an ambitious scheme to revive Victoria’s deep lead gold mines in the 1890s.

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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Green and Golden Bell Frog, sitting on reeds.

From the Bog to the Biobank

Meet some of Victoria's frogs as Jane Melville and Joanna Sumner describe their work on these fabulous amphibians.

Megan and Gab from Walk Sew Good.

Positive Fashion: Stories Across Southeast Asia

Hands up who knows where their clothes came from and who made them...

Author Jackie Kerin at a storytelling session in Children's Gallery, Melbourne Museum.

Hello Possums: Story Time

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

Museums Victoria Curator Kimberley Moulton giving a tour.

The Intersection of Art & Historical Collections

In honour of 2018 NAIDOC theme Because Of Her We Can this lecture will highlight key works in the collection by female First Peoples.

Child dancing

Hello Museum Disco

Say Hello to the Dinosaur Disco at Melbourne Museum with special collaborators No Lights No Lycra Little. 

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Female Superb Fairy-wren with it beak open singing.

Citizen Science

Di Bray, Erich Fitzgerald and Karen Rowe introduce wildlife projects achieving great things in Australia.

Child wearing a doctor's costume reading a book in Children's Gallery at Melbourne Museum.

Children’s Book Week: Museum Stories

'Find your Treasure' this Children’s Book Week with Museum Stories; a celebration of children’s literature, youthful curiosity, and museum collections.

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Milarri Garden trail

Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.

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Grey car with orange wheels and red figure in driving seat.

The Problem with Plastics

Discover how the preservation of plastics is becoming one of the major museum collection management issues of the 21st century.

Close up of Tarbosaurus bataar from the Melbourne Museum's Dinosaur Walk Gallery.

National Science Week

Meet leading scientists as part of the 2018 National Science Week Museums Victoria Public Program.

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

Bugs Alive!

The amazing world of insects and spiders!

Visitors viewing a showcase


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.

Advertising posters

IMAX Melbourne

The most immersive cinematic experience in the world.

Detail of zinc etching


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

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Black and white photography of two men and two women outside a tent

WWI: Love & Sorrow

One of the world's most destructive conflicts recalled through the experiences of eight people.

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.

stuffed birds in showcase

Darwin to DNA

The processes and mechanisms of evolution.

four people standing amongst rocks and grass

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.

Close up of a plate of gourmet food

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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