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Child in front of a model mantis

Bug Lab

Zoom in on the evolutionary genius of bugs and discover how humans are using bugs as inspiration for new technologies.

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Bill Onus, President of the Victorian Aborigines' Advancement League, May 1967

Ganbu Yalingbu. Ngulu-Bulok.

Celebrating a major turning point in Australian history, Bunjilaka presents an exhibition marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. This collection of work by local Koorie artists reflects on a national movement united for Aboriginal Human Rights.

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Crowd in red light


Explore the museum after hours with live music, bars, and delicious bites. Coming up in September: Kllo, Planéte and Pjenné.

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MV staff Bentley Bird and Karen Rowe with binoculars at field site.

Field Notes

Coinciding with National Science Week (August 12–20), Field Notes presents a snapshot of some of the fieldwork undertaken by Museums Victoria scientists.

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

Book Week at Melbourne Museum

We’re inviting children and families to join us here at Melbourne Museum for a range of special Book Week activities!

Costume Parade and Story Time

Join the first annual Melbourne Museum, Children’s Book Week costume parade, and hear stories from award winning children’s authors from Museum Victoria.

Reading time at the museum

Join us in the Children’s Gallery with some very special guests to celebrate Book Week – Escape to Everywhere.

Museum Stories

‘Escape to Everywhere’ this Children’s Book Week with Museum Stories; a celebration of children’s literature, youthful curiosity and museum collections.

Boy seat in amphitheatre of people

Members Family Day

Celebrate Museum Members Family Day by bringing your non-member family or friends - free!

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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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Side of a ship with a view of the swell

Science Week pop-up

An array of animals collected on recent fieldwork by our scientists.

Girl and her mother looking out the windows of a pretend train

Children's Gallery

A wondrous place for babies to 5-year-olds where children will explore, play and learn.

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

Bugs Alive!

The amazing world of insects and spiders!

Child holding a stick insect at the Media Launch of 'Bug Lab' exhibition in the Touring Hall at Melbourne Museum, June 2017

Big Bug Family Night

Bring in the family to see, touch, hear and see bugs and visit the Bug Lab exhibition.

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Ailhouette of a group of people

Australian of the Year 2017

Features personal objects selected by the award winners that have valued significance to them, communicating something special about their lives and experiences.

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A man operates a giant cockroach puppet from inside.

Big Bugs on the loose

Giant bugs are on the loose at Melbourne Museum! You never know what you might see when you visit.  

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Detail of astronomical slide

The astronomical lantern slide

This talk traces the development of the astronomical lantern set and its use in Australia, with a focus on the cultural interpretations of popular astronomy. 


Milarri Garden trail

Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.

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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.


IMAX Melbourne

The most immersive cinematic experience in the world.

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.

Aerial view of the Royal Exhibition Building

Preparing to Roam the Dome

Reinstating the Royal Exhibition Building's dome promenade.

Girls looking into case

The Melbourne Story

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

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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Trees and mist

Forest Secrets

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

Boy opening a drawer

Discovery Centre

A fun place to learn about interesting stuff.

stuffed birds in showcase

Darwin to DNA

The processes and mechanisms of evolution.

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.

Various sails within Te Pasifika gallery

Te Vainui O Pasifika

Watercraft and other objects from nearly every Pacific Island nation.

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History, Culture and Collections

Monthly lecture series presented by Museums Victoria's Humanities Department.

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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.

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Highlights tour

Introduction to the museum's displays.

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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Curatorial Conversations

Humanities curators reveal some of the rich and remarkable stories behind recent acquisitions.


Museum Members

Make wonder a part of every visit. Join Museum Members.