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White Night 2017

White Night Reimagined 2019

As the city comes alive with a three night celebration of culture and creativity, start your family adventuring early in your favourite Melbourne Museum spaces.

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Artwork by Brendan Kennedy

River of Language

ngulu wurneet, galada-al wurrung-u, parniwaru tyalingi, waran woorroong-ee, barringgi dyaling.

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Crowd in red light

Nocturnal x White Night Reimagined x RocKwiz Revolution

Nocturnal does White Night is all about your favourite Victorian bands coming together for one-night only in an extravaganza not to be missed.

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Revolutions: Records and Rebels exhibition showcase

Revolutions: Records and Rebels

Revolutions: Records and Rebels looks at the late 1960s as a moment when youth culture drove optimistic idealism, motivating people to come together and question the establishment across every area of society.

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yellow coloured image of microbes

Gut Feelings

Microbes in your gut talk to your brain and body. Your microbes are beautiful. Be immersed. Be curious. Love your guts. 

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

Children's Book Week: Museum Stories

Immerse yourself in an interactive story time, then join us on an adventure to explore a museum gallery or space, with a different museum theme every day.

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Child being held by their mother, reaching out to touch a Dinosaur puppet

Play Box

To help your littlie make the most of every single day, we’re opening early with a new play-based learning experience proudly supported by Biostime.

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Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering

Manggan weaves together recent works from the unique and diverse communities of Far North Queensland.

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Nocturnal crowd

Nocturnal x Blak & Bright

Nocturnal, Blak & Bright Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival team up to present an unmissable celebration of First Nations artists of all disciplines inside Melbourne Museum.

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Melanie Cheng

Muse in the Museum: Melanie Cheng

Join us for a very special tour of the museum with Melanie Cheng.

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Samer Nashef

Muse in the Museum: Samer Nashef

Join us for a very special tour of the museum with Samer Nashef.

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Illustration of a prehistoric animal

Boden Research Conference

This two-and-a-half-day symposium will bring together top Australian and international scientists, students, and early career researchers to explore the techniques for reconstructing evolutionary transformations in vertebrate history.

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Crowd in red light

Nocturnal x Tora

Byron Bay electronic quartet Tora headline Nocturnal with their blissful sounds, with Sampology and Eilish Gilligan DJ set.

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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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School holiday activities

Explore the connection between structure and sound in this holiday activity for dinosaur-lovers.

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View over Lord Howe Island showing rugged peaks and clear water bay.

Lord Howe to save a species

The amazing tale of the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect and how captive breeding brought it back from the brink of extinction.

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Man standing with top of his body inside the jaws of a Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur skeleton.

Meet the Museum Experts: Preparators

Ever wondered what Museum staff do? Ever pondered what's behind closed doors?

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A large group of families with children sit and watch a musical act on stage

Romp and Stomp

A special event for children five years and under to celebrate Children's Week at Melbourne Museum.

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Illustration of two scientists looking at microbes projected onto a screen

Sunday Family Program: The Great Gut Microbe Hunt

We're going on a Microbe Hunt!

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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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Peta Coward at the Climate Strike youth protest, Melbourne March 12th, 2019

Anarchy in The Archive

Senior Curators are joined by Haus of Dizzy founder, Wiradjuri woman Kristy Dickinson to explore contemporary expressions of protest.

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Child touching mineral on display in Children's Museum.

Museum Playdates

Come and play in our newest program for 3 to 5 year olds.

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Diplodactylus tessellatus, Tessellated gecko, female with eggs. Location: Australia, Victoria, Gannawarra, Rifle Butt Road. Survey: MEB 2016 022, Field No: GWH007.

Sunday Family Program: Tails and Scales

Be inspired by some of Museums Victoria’s rarest native geckos to make your own in our family friendly activity.

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Four children working together on touch table to create a TV road safety advertisement.

Direct Your Own TV Ad

This school holidays, create your own road safety commercial

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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.

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Milarri Garden trail

Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.

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

Hello Museum Dino Disco

Get your dancing moves on, as you wiggle, jump, twist or hop to the best of disco and pop in the Science and Life Gallery.

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Woman giving a presentation

Museum Lectures

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

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Photograph of the face and neck of race horse Phar Lap

Melbourne Cup Day Family Activity

Celebrate this special day of horse racing with us by dressing up and making race-day accessories.

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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.

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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.

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Detail of zinc etching

Wurreka

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

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Advertising posters

IMAX Melbourne

The most immersive cinematic experience in the world.

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Before Hours Tour

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

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Visitors viewing a showcase

Wild

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

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Visiting children examining Inostrancevia skeleton in the Dinosaur Walk exhibition.

Dinosaur Walk

Walk among skeletons of prehistoric animals.

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Girls looking into case

The Melbourne Story

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

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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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Trees and mist

Forest Secrets

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

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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!

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Melbourne Museum Tours

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

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

Curious?

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

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Crinoid fossils and models

600 Million Years

The origin and evolution of life in Victoria.

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stuffed birds in showcase

Darwin to DNA

The processes and mechanisms of evolution.

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four people standing amongst rocks and grass

Highlights tour

Introduction to the museum's displays.

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The Mind

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

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Horse Phar Lap on display in the Melbourne Story gallery

Phar Lap

Australia's greatest racehorse.

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External view of Royal Exhibition Building from Nicholson Street

Royal Exhibition Building Tours

Discover the history and beauty of this magnificently restored building.

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Various sails within Te Pasifika gallery

Te Vainui O Pasifika

Watercraft and other objects from nearly every Pacific Island nation.

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A child looking at Earth globe display

Dynamic Earth

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

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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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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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