What's on





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Join us in March for a double headliner Nocturnal featuring Jordie Lane & The Sleepers and Ainslie Wills, with support from Sean McMahon and Hollie Joyce.

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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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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.

Viking ship

Vikings: Beyond the Legend

The largest collection of Viking artefacts ever displayed in Australia.

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

Back of House Tours

Explore behind the scenes, meet the scientists and discover the unseen world of some of the museum's 17 million items.

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Child using binoculars to spot birds in Forest Gallery.

Museum Playdates

Celebrate International Day of the Forest and International Day of Biodiversity.

Woman modelling a grey wool Kuwaii coat during Runway 6 at the 2016 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, held in the Royal Exhibition Building carpark.

You Can Fight Fast Fashion

Meet Melbourne industry leaders who drive in the fast lane of the slow fashion movement.

Comic superhero

Marramb-ik (I Am)

An exhibition of storytelling through comic pop culture incorporating identity, heroes and language.

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Vikings Long Table Dinner

Experience a Nordic inspired long-table dinner in the heart of the Melbourne Museum and enjoy an exclusive after-hours viewing of the touring exhibition, Vikings: Beyond the Legend.

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Three women being served at a restaurant outside.

Win a trip to Denmark!

To celebrate the release of Vikings: Beyond the Legend, we are giving away an amazing trip to Denmark for two lucky people, valued at $9700. 

Promotional photograph of a fashion show at the Royal Exhibition Building for Australian Wool Board. There is a group of female models standing on a round platform facing another group that is sitting on a stage.

You Can Do That!

Experience the exhibition You Can't Do That as it comes to life with the exhibitors and curators.

A stamp and crayons laid out on a table

Pacific Inspirations

Join us to learn about the traditional practice of bark-cloth printing and designs from the Pacific region.

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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.

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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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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Design work by Emma Lucas, Canterbury Girls' Secondary College

Top Designs 2018

A sneak peek at the future of Australian design.

Woman presenting in a lecture theatre


One big night with scientists live on stage. A fast-paced session of genius, laughs and true stories of real science.

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Thylacine pup, wet specimen

The Tasmanian tiger lecture

Dr Christy Hipsley showcases the 3D digital imaging techniques used to reconstruct the thylacine’s unique biology, despite its extinction nearly a century ago.

The Orbweavers

Weaving magic: The Orbweavers Live

Local musicians, The Orbweavers, perform songs connected to the Museum's collections, followed by a Q&A.

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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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George, June & Brian Foster at the Migrant Reception Centre, Royal Exhibition Building, June 1955.

If walls could talk

The Royal Exhibition Building has seen a thing or two in its 138 years. Hear some of its lesser-known stories as we explore the secret life of this national icon.

Needlework Specimen Book - Anne Trotter, 1840.

A Stitch in Time

Gain an intimate insight into Australian colonial society through the exquisite pages of a young woman's cherished needlework specimen book.

Moss forest

Expedition Sulawesi lecture

Pull on your hiking boots and join the adventures of Museums Victoria scientists exploring biodiversity in Indonesia's remote mountain forests. You just might discover a new species or two.

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.

Shelving in a collection store

History, Culture and Collections

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


Milarri Garden trail

Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.

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Museum Members wind farm field trip

Venture to a true place of wonder with Powershop this March. Tour a working wind farm, meet an engineer and learn about how these incredible structures create renewable energy.

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

Bugs Alive!

The amazing world of insects and spiders!

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.

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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Advertising posters

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.

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.

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

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.