Pauline GandelChildren's Gallery



Children's Gallery
Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

Learning starts here

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

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

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

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

Today I can

Older Lady with a baby in a pram in the train tunnel exhibition

I can meet you at the train

Woman and girl running across stepping stones in garden

I can run and play outside

Man and baby touching brass frogs on a rock outside

I can find and touch

Mother and daughter in sand with a paintbrush, uncovering a fossil

I can dig and discover

Man and older lady with two babies laying on the floor looking at a book and objects

I can share and learn

Baby looking in a mirror

I can look and find

Girl in climbing net holding onto rope sculpture

I can climb and explore

Children dancing in front of mirrors with projections on their arms and bodies

I can dance and chase

Girl pointing at her nose and at a yellow nose on the wall

I can find and explain

Two men and a baby, and a toddler with a leaf, sitting in the garden

I can find a place to talk and rest

Two girls inside a rock tunnel outside

I can go home and visit again

Image credit: Photographer Joel Checkley


To celebrate the brand new Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery at Melbourne Museum and to congratulate a new generation of children to our museums, Museums Victoria will be giving every baby born, fostered or adopted in Victoria in 2017 a free six-month Museums Victoria Membership.

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