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Doll's House - F.A. Clemons, 'Pendle Hall', 1940s.

Mini Mega Model Museum

Welcome to the Mini Mega Model Museum, where the apples are wax, the Colosseum is small and the models really work!

Silhouette of a moa skeleton

Treasures of the Natural World

The best of London’s Natural History Museum is coming to Australia.

Blue, pink and red leaf, flower and pods shapes on a black background

Top Designs 2020

Witness the future of Victorian design at this iconic annual exhibition.


Nocturnal x Fashion

Get ready for a tailor-made night of culture, fashion and a massive line-up featuring Banoffee, Romance Was Born x Chunky Move, Rainbow Chan, Mo'Ju (DJ Set), Purple Sneakers DJ's, Feels, Pania, SaD, and Hey Drums.

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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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Acrobats in forest costumes on stilts

The (Very) Big Laugh Out

Come and join us for The (Very) Big Laugh out as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2020.

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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Two adults using a digital tablet to sketch butterflies and moths

Digital art class

Be inspired by our unique and wondrous collection to create your own digital masterpiece.

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A man a two children looking at model engine in a display case

Auslan tour

Join a deaf-led tour of Melbourne Museum.

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Two women in cloaks

Two Strong Sisters Connected

Two Strong Sisters Connected is the coming together of celebrated Victorian Elders and artists Aunty Eileen Harrison and Aunty Rochelle Patten.

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Woman giving a presentation

Museum Lectures

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


The Listies totally serious 100% fact filled guide to the Melbourne Museum

Join Rich (the smart one) and Matt (the other one) as they venture forth to discover the secrets of the Learnadome (what Matt calls the Museum).

A little boy peering over a rock display in the museum.

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.

Woman dancing in a line

Chinese Square Dancers

Join in for dance and exercise!

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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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A woman standing in front of rack of clothing patterns holding a sign which says "Do you know where your cloths come from? We do."

History in the Making

In 2020, Ethical Clothing Australia celebrates its 20-year long history. Hear from designers and business owners accredited by the organisation during this panel discussion.

Person standing in a light projection

Design Week: Learning Lab

How do the spaces and experiences we create affect the future of education and design?

Woman looking at wool designs

From Sketch to Sample

How to turn your great ideas into Top Design runway pieces.

Conservators Sarah Babister and Penny Byrne preparing the Roman Colosseum model made of cork by Richard Du Bourg (or Dubourg), London, circa 1800, before it goes on display in Melbourne Museum.

Why Models Work – The History Edition

Deep dive into some of the models currently on display in Mini Mega Model Museum – Pendle Hall Dolls House, Colosseum Cork Model and Trench Art from WW1.


Milarri Garden trail

Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.

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Natalia Mann

SUGA performance in Te Pasifika

The music of SUGA tells stories both ancient and contemporary, wrapped in a whole lotta Alofa (love) – a full sensory experience!

Two girls looking into a screen

Mini mystery family workshop

A mini mega family adventure like no other!

Close up of two people with a projection of leaves on their faces.

Co-creative teens

Dedicated to developing the co-creative skills of young people.

Miniature Gunditjmara Basket by artist Eva Ponting.

Why Models Work – The First Peoples Edition

From miniature hand-woven First Peoples baskets to the model of Captain Cook’s cottage, what do these objects tell us about history?


Charcoal Lane Experience

Join us for an evening of immersive culture and cuisine.

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Hand painted picture of a mill, water wheel and river with riverbanks in a circular frame.

Magic lantern slide

Join us to make your own magic lantern slide to project at home.

Iguandodon model

Why Models Work – The Dinosaur Edition

Two centuries of changing ideas about the dinosaur Iguanodon.


Why Models Work – Animal, Mineral, Vegetable Edition

Scientific model-making has a long tradition, from understanding marine life and viruses to recording the astounding gold nuggets of Victoria. 

Nocturnal crowd

Nocturnal x Jazz

More than just a party, Nocturnal is the transformation of the museum into an adult playground.

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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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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.

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.

Protoceratops andrewsi (Cretaceous) from the Dinosaur Walk gallery at the Melbourne Museum.

Dinosaur Walk

Walk among skeletons of prehistoric animals.

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.

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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Advertising posters

IMAX Melbourne

The most immersive cinematic experience in the world.

Visitors viewing a showcase


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

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.

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

Bugs Alive!

The amazing world of insects and spiders!

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. 

Crinoid fossils and models

600 Million Years

The origin and evolution of life in Victoria.

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

Welcome to Te Vainui O Pasifika the great waters of the Pacific peoples.

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.


Nocturnal x Asia TOPA

A celebration of China’s most exciting new music, curated by tastemakers IndieWorks China.

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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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