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Nelson Mandela with his fist raised

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition

A new world-class exhibition on Nelson Mandela's extraordinary life, curated from the extensive collections of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.

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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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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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Woman giving a presentation

Museum Lectures

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

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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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Boy looking a jaw

Museum Playdates

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

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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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lizard on a log

Meet a Lizard – Make a Lizard

Join us every Sunday until 2 December as we learn the secrets of the lizards and their unbelievable adaptation skills.

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Romp and Stomp

Romp and Stomp 2018

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

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Original artwork depicting the entrance to the Cole's Book Arcade, Melbourne.

Remembering Cole's Book Arcade

Follow the rainbow for a fascinating tour of the world of E.W. Cole and the Cole's Book Arcade, one of the iconic stores of Marvellous Melbourne.

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Person holding a skull

Skullduggery!

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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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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ABC’s Science Friction Live

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

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The Future of Sex

ABC’s Science Friction Live at Melbourne Museum

Thursday 1 November 6.30pm

Back from the Dead

ABC’s Science Friction Live at Melbourne Museum

Thursday 6 December 6.30pm

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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.

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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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Scorpion

Halloween Behind the Scenes Tours

Enter through our locked doors and walk through our empty corridors to meet museum experts as they share the weird, the wonderful and the downright creepy.

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Nocturnal crowd

Nocturnal

Blow off some steam at Nocturnal with Lanks, CLYPSO, Adult.Films & DJ Susan.

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Lindsay Zanno riding in a helicopter.

Fearsome Continent

Don't miss America's leading Paleontologist, Dr Lindsay Zanno in her only public event in Australia.

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Before Hours Tour

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

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Milarri Garden trail

Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.

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Horse in a glass display cabinet

Phar Lap Fashion Parade at Melbourne Museum

Celebrate with Phar Lap this Melbourne Cup Day.

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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.

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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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Melbourne Museum Shop

VIP shopping night

We're inviting you, our Museum Members, to visit and peruse the Melbourne Museum shop in an after-hours shopping event.

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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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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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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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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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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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Melbourne Museum Tours

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

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Crinoid fossils and models

600 Million Years

The origin and evolution of life in Victoria.

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Advertising posters

IMAX Melbourne

The most immersive cinematic experience in the world.

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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.

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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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Trees and mist

Forest Secrets

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

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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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Incy Wincy Fingers

Members Masterclass: Sensory Workshop

This spring, we’re excited to announce our first Masterclass with Incy Wincy Fingers!

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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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