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Woman in feathered costume

Inside Out

On show for a limited time only, Inside Out is a rare and surprising museum experience.

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Two children dressed up jump on the bed. One floats away.

Workshop: Comics and Superheros

Hear about some heroes, talk about your heroes and learn how to create a comic strip about your very own hero.

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Three visitors enjoying the moon installation at Melbourne Museum's Inside Out exhibition.

Summer Late Nights

Melbourne Museum is opening its doors for a selection of spectacular late-night programming for the remainder of summer.

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Artwork depicting bird wings

School holiday activities

This summer there's a range of offers for visitors to Melbourne Museum.

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Comics and Superheroes: 11am workshop

1 hour workshops suitable for children aged 5–10.

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Next event Friday 2 February with special guests Total Giovanni and Sampology.

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Portrait of Preparation manager Steven Sparrey in Preparation workshop

Meet the Museum Experts

In this series of workshops, you will hear about the specialised jobs that people do at the museum, see some of the back of house areas and try your hand at developing museum skills.

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Comics and Superheroes: 1pm workshop

2 hour workshops suitable for children aged 12–16.

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Inside Out: Creative Art Studio

Explore your creativity amongst extraordinary objects under the tutelage of artist Belinda Wiltshire.

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Deaf interpreter on stage

Auslan Tours of Inside Out

Auslan guides will take you on a tour of Melbourne Museum's latest exhibition, where you'll be experiencing Museums Victoria's collection in a whole new way.

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A group of people in two wooden boats at sunset.

a Bit na Ta

A contemporary soundscape exploring the hundred years leading to Papua New Guinea’s independence. 

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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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Vegetation at the edge of  a pond

Nature Walk and Talk: Milarri Garden

Journey through Milarri Garden with Bunjilaka’s staff for a unique insight into some of the native flora and waterways significant to the Aboriginal people of Victoria.

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First Peoples

Celebrating the history, culture, achievements and survival of Victoria’s Aboriginal people. 

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Pathway in the Forest Gallery

Nature Walk and Talk: Forest Gallery

Journey through the Forest Gallery with our Sciences staff and discover a piece of Victoria’s mountain forests.

Drawing of a ship

Patrol the Abyss

Join us for sea creatures and light and drawing and fun as we patrol the abyss with local artist Ghostpatrol.

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Comic superhero

Marramb-ik (I Am)

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

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Vikings: Beyond the Legend

The largest collection of Viking artefacts ever displayed in Australia.

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. 

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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Dress, loincloth. Papua New Guinea

Pacific Inspirations

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

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.


Milarri Garden trail

Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.

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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.

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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A crowd watches a man tending a smoking fire

Warra: Sorry / Full of Grief and Sadness

A celebration of resilience and culture.

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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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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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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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Aywon fashion display, Myer Window 1960s

You Can't Do That

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

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White Night

Experience the magic of White Night 2018 at Melbourne Museum.

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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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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.

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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.

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.

Thylacine pup, wet specimen

The Tasmanian tiger

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

Moss forest

Expedition Sulawesi

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.