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

Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery

General information
Bookings recommended
Check for available sessions
Included with museum entry
$0 – $15
Information for your visit

The Children’s Gallery is a wondrous place for babies to 5-year-olds to explore, play and learn.

Budding palaeontologists excavate fossils in our dinosaur dig; aspiring botanists traverse our discovery garden, exploring plants and stories; young curators gaze at our specially selected museum objects, and for everyone who loves to dance, there is a 'camouflage disco' where children will turn into spotty and stripy disco dancing animals.

Due to capacity limits, you must reserve a free, timed entry slot to the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery in addition to your general admission ticket. Children’s Gallery sessions are 50 minutes long. Please book one session per visit date only so all families have adequate chance to access this gallery. If you do not pre-book your ticket online, unfortunately we cannot guarantee that you will be able to access this part of the museum.

We have temporarily removed tactile play-based learning objects in the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery.

The exhibition combines hands-on exploration and discovery, open-ended play-based learning, extraordinary immersive environments and unique museum collection objects. 

This unique gallery supports families, carers, educators and children to learn together.

The Childrens Gallery is located within Melbourne Museum. For more information on getting here, parking, access and ticket prices go to Visiting Melbourne Museum.

For the enjoyment and safety of our young visitors the climbing net in the Children's Gallery is limited to children 5 years and under and their carers.

The Autism friendly museum

Social stories are available for families with children on the autism spectrum visiting the Children's Gallery at Melbourne Museum.

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Gandel Gondwana Garden is coming!  

The Gandel Gondwana Garden is coming to Melbourne Museum late 2022!  

From time to time, to make room for this exciting new experience, we will need to close small parts of the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery to accommodate the necessary works.  

Don’t worry. You will still safely be able to access and enjoy the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery and we will do our best to limit any disruptions.  

Gandel Gondwana Garden will expand Melbourne Museum’s spaces for children, connecting the much-loved Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery with a new 900m2 outdoor play-based learning gallery. Designed for six to 12-year-olds this new outdoor space will complement the newly opened Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs exhibition, making Melbourne Museum truly the home of dinosaurs. 


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Visitors have 50 minutes to explore the space.




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