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Viking ship

Vikings: Beyond the Legend

The largest collection of Viking artefacts ever displayed in Australia.

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Photograph of the night sky.

Navigation from the Stars

What do the Vikings and Aboriginal Australia have in common?

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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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Crowd in red light

Nocturnal

This July Nocturnal proudly celebrates Indigenous women for NAIDOC Week featuring live music from Thelma Plum, Mojo Juju, Kaiit, and Sovereign Trax.

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You Can't Do That exhibition

You Can't Do That

A celebration of Melbourne fashion designers, models and industry luminaries from the 1960s to today.

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Design work by Emma Lucas, Canterbury Girls' Secondary College

Top Designs 2018

A sneak peek at the future of Australian design.

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Girl modeling dye fashion

Whispers of the Land

Join us in the You Can’t Do That exhibition as students from Worawa Aboriginal College celebrate stories from our land and walk the runway in creations inspired by creative listening.

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NAIDOC Week 2018 Exhibition

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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Woman giving a presentation

Museum Lectures

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

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Guests receiving a tour of the DNA Biobank lab led by Joanna Sumner at a donor event at Melbourne Museum.

Members Behind the Scenes Tours

Get behind the locked doors, meet our inspiring staff and get closer to our collection.

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Man dress as a Viking

Vikings: Beyond the Legend Members Preview

Get the exhibition to yourself in an exclusive before-hours preview of, Vikings: Beyond the Legend before this exhibition sets sail later in the month.

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Nocturnal crowd

Nocturnal X Harlem

For this special Nocturnal, presented as part of the MEL&NYC program, Melbourne Museum will transform into New York City's most captivating cultural precinct, Harlem.

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Acrylic painting on canvas by Gordon Bennett; painted image of running soldiers bearing arms in black, red and yellow, the colours of the Aboriginal flag of Australia

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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A man examining the tracks of a car in the outback.

Bush Mechanics: The Exhibition

Learn more about Indigenous ingenuity, humour and resilience through the wonderful stories of the Bush Mechanics.

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Black and white photograph of Nelson Mandela

Mandela My Life – The Exhibition

Mandela My Life – The 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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The Human Motor

Why was Oppy referred to as the “Human Motor”? Learn about the man behind epic feats of cycling endurance during the 1920s-30s

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The Melbourne Museum Theatre

Nature v Nurture: Unpacking X and Y

This panel conversation will engage in debate surrounding nature vs nurture: unpacking X and Y, including gender equality and difference.

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Rare Book collection

Surveying a Rare Book Collection

An insight into the world of paper conservation including a display of some treasures from the Rare Book Collection.

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School holiday activities

Join us this winter school holidays to explore how Southeast Australian First Peoples moved across water.

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Brother and sister participating in ochre painting activity during NAIDOC week at Melbourne Museum.

NAIDOC celebrations

Join us at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre as we celebrate NAIDOC across not one but two weeks.

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Man leaning against a fence.

Contemporary Scandi culture workshops

Lasse Povlsen, consultant chef from Melbourne's Denmark House and self-proclaimed Viking will lead two Scandinavian-style workshops.

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Making the best of bread

Lasse Povlsen will teach us about the key ingredients in Scandinavian-style rye bread and the keys to succeed in making your own at home.

Pickling and curing

Lasse Povlsen will teach us about the key ingredients in pickling, talk about scavenging and foraging for greens and other local ingredients, and the main vegetables used in more traditional types of pickles.

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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Museums Victoria Curator Kimberley Moulton giving a tour.

The Intersection of Art & Historical Collections

In honour of 2018 NAIDOC theme Because Of Her We Can this lecture will highlight key works in the collection by female First Peoples.

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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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Reframing Colonial Histories

Artist, researcher and descendant of the Gunantuna people, Lisa Hilli will share insights and outcomes of her creative practice inspired by museum and archival collections from Papua New Guinea.

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Platypterygius australis cartilage muscle overlay.

Ancient Sea Monster Adventure

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

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Child using binoculars to spot birds in Forest Gallery.

Museum Playdates

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

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Female Superb Fairy-wren with it beak open singing.

Citizen Science

Di Bray, Erich Fitzgerald and Karen Rowe introduce wildlife projects achieving great things in Australia.

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Child dancing

Hello Museum Disco

Say Hello to the Dinosaur Disco at Melbourne Museum with special collaborators No Lights No Lycra Little. 

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garden

Milarri Garden trail

Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.

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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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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.

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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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Close up of Tarbosaurus bataar from the Melbourne Museum's Dinosaur Walk Gallery.

National Science Week

Meet leading scientists as part of the 2018 National Science Week Museums Victoria Public Program.

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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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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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Crinoid fossils and models

600 Million Years

The origin and evolution of life in Victoria.

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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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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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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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