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Viking ship

Vikings: Beyond the Legend

The largest collection of Viking artefacts ever displayed in Australia.

NAIDOC Week Exhibition 2018

Because of Her We Can

Celebrating the achievements of Victorian Aboriginal women of the 20th century, highlighting quiet achievers, strong advocates, and women who are at the foundations of our vibrant First Peoples community today.

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Nocturnal crowd


Returning September 7, Nocturnal is the transformation of the museum into an adult playground

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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.

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Soldiers in uniform next to a train carriage.

For Country, for Nation

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

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Nelson Mandela with his fist raised

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition

Mandela My Life: The Official 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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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.

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Ancient Sea Monster Adventure

Join us as we dive into the amazing world of ancient marine reptiles.

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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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Boy looking a jaw

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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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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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.

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Melbourne Writers Festival Opening Night Gala

Melbourne Museum is proud to play host to the Opening Night Gala for Melbourne Writers Festival. 

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Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 events at Melbourne Museum.

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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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An audience with a woman in an orange shirt speaking into a microphone.

Representing the Holocaust

Join the conversation with a panel of expert thinkers as they engage in a critical debate surrounding representations of the Holocaust.

Preparator working on a giraffe mount

Meet the Museum Experts

Have you ever wondered what exactly do museum staff do or what’s behind our closed doors? Uncover the secrets of the Museum!

Delicate orange soft corals

Climate Sea Change

What Do We Know? When Did We Know It? What Do We Do?

Four people looking at collection objects

Pacific Gallery Redevelopment

Honouring customary knowledge holders, hear how the Te Pasifika redevelopment will convey positive change, respect and understanding to wider communities.

Mama Alto performs on stage

History Slam at History Week

This History Week join us in an event that turns history on its head.

Philip Hoare

The Muse in Museum

Explore the Melbourne Museum with guided walking tours from writers on a subject of their specialty.


Milarri Garden trail

Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.

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Person holding a skull


At Hallowe’en, skulls are everywhere, but they’re actually fascinating, not scary! Come celebrate and explore the wonderful world of animal skulls with Curious?.

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Is corporate social responsibility just a PR tool?

Join leading thinkers as they discuss how sustainable business models work – in theory, and in practice.


ABC’s Science Friction Live

A series of hot button conversations about science, society and culture. Guaranteed to provoke! 


#MeToo in Science

ABC’s Science Friction Live at Melbourne Museum

Thursday 6 September 6.30pm

#EPICFAIL: Science at School

ABC’s Science Friction Live at Melbourne Museum

Thursday 4 October 6.30pm

The Future of Sex

ABC’s Science Friction Live at Melbourne Museum

Thursday 1 November 6.30pm

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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Back from the Dead

ABC’s Science Friction Live at Melbourne Museum

Thursday 6 December 6.30pm

Before Hours Tour

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

Megan Washington

Melbourne Writers Festival Closing Night Party

Join us as we celebrate the closing of the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival

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Making Futures: A Slam Event

See what results when creative thinkers get locked into museum collections for a day!

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Phar Lap Fashion Parade at Melbourne Museum

Celebrate with Phar Lap this Melbourne Cup Day.

Promotional image showing men and women standing with television sets in a showroom display.

Television and Cultural Diversity

Discover how the histories of migration and television in Australia are intertwined, and how migrants are represented in the industry and on screen.

Woman talking to a crowd about the eels in the pond

Eel feeding

The eels are not fed over winter. They hibernate during winter when the water drops below 10oC.

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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.

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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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.


Melbourne Museum Tours

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

Image of a very large mask sitting on black plinth and supports with a white/neutral background.

Evolution: Torres Strait Islander Masks

Explore the rich history of mask making and the significance of masks in Torres Strait Islander culture and ceremonies.

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Crinoid fossils and models

600 Million Years

The origin and evolution of life in Victoria.

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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.

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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.

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Darwin to DNA

The processes and mechanisms of evolution.

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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.

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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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