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Crowd in red light


Coming up in December: NO ZU, Mildlife, Opalakia.

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Women’s Law (artwork) by Vicki Couzens

Serpent Dreaming Women

Watch as performers weave between past, present and future creatively addressing the constraints, challenges and controls in women's lives in a process of decolonisation.

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Two women feeding five lambs

Women of the Land

This installation honours the work of Victorian women strongly bound to the land. 

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

Exclusive to Museum Members. 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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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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Four profiles of face

Is empathy an impediment to success?

Does empathy make you successful? Or is it a hindrance, smothering logic with emotions? Re-think empathy in this Oxford-style debate.

Comic superhero

Marramb-ik (I Am)

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

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Woman in feathered costume

Inside Out

A love song to arouse the secret worlds of a curious collection.

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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Girl and her mother looking out the windows of a pretend train

Children's Gallery

A wondrous place for babies to 5-year-olds where children will explore, play and learn.

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

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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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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11am sessions

1 hour workshops suitable for children aged 5–10.

Refreshments at Museum Members VIP Shop Night
Museum Members

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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1pm sessions

2 hour workshops suitable for children aged 12–16.


The largest collection of Viking artefacts ever displayed in Australia.


Milarri Garden trail

Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.

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Bee on a flower

Hello Hollow

Want to make a native bee feel right at home?

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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.

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.

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.


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.

stuffed birds in showcase

Darwin to DNA

The processes and mechanisms of evolution.

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.

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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.

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.

Building Illuminated

White Night

Experience the magic of White Night 2018 at Melbourne Museum.

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