The Listies totally serious 100% fact filled guide to the Melbourne Museum
The Listies take you on a LOLtastic tour of Melbourne Museum to see shark dentists, dinosaur salesmen and the insect Oscars!
Rich (the smart one) and Matt (the other one) welcome you as they venture forth to discover the secrets of the Learnadome (what Matt calls the Museum). At all the stops on the way encounter the bizarre, the interesting, the ridiculous and funny side to Melbourne Museum in this surreal and hilarious audio guide.
This guide is suitable for humans aged 5 to 500 million (dinosaurs allowed). Most hilarious for children aged 6–12 and their adults!
To do this tour you will need your own headphones and device. It takes about an hour to do walking around the museum or you can listen along at home or on the way.
Use our handy map and the pictures on this page to hunt for the next stop, then press play or listen completely out of order for a hilarious tour – both is ok. Please take as long as you like and enjoy yourself! It is totally fine to get distracted by other cool stuff along the way.
Just one last piece of advice: please don’t actually eat the plants.
Find your stop number below. Printed maps available at the ticket desk!
Stop 1: Welcome to the Learnadome
Head to the Blue Whale display just to the left of the entrance on the ground floor.
Stop 2: Dean’s Dino Warehouse
You will find Dinosaur Walk just next to the whale’s tail.
Stop 3: The Buggies
After you finish Dinosaur Walk head into the Bugs Alive! exhibition.
Stop 4: Those animals are stuffed
Turn right when you come out of Bugs Alive! and head towards Wild.
Stop 5: Marine Room Shark Dentist
Head back to Dinosaur Walk and then turn right into Marine Life. Locate the Shark Teeth display then press play.
Stop 6: Hearts of stone with Dr Sandy Stone
When you come out of Marine Life head back towards the whale but turn right before you get there and go into Dynamic Earth.
Stop 7a and 7b: Megafauna
Cross over Dinosaur Walk and enter 600 Million Years for part A, then head out towards the whale and walk to the other end of the museum to find Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre – First Peoples Gallery for part B.
Stop 8: Dinner Outdoors
Exit the First Peoples Gallery and turn left. Go through the glass doors and you will find Milarri Garden. If these doors are locked then you can also head out of the top doors from the Forest Gallery and follow the walkway to your right to the top of Milarri Garden.
Stop 9: Better Homes and Bowers
When in Milarri Garden, follow the path around the top of the garden and head along the walkway to the top doors and into the Forest Gallery. The Bowerbird nest is just next to the old brick chimney.
Stop 10: Seven seasons in one day
Explore the rest of the Forest Gallery while you listen.
Stop 11: The Melbourne Room
Head up to the first floor and make your way into Melbourne Story. Find the Little Lon house at the back of the gallery and check under the beds for the bedpan.
Thanks for listening!
See you next time...
Credits Written, Devised and Performed by Richard Higgins & Matt Kelly Sound Designer and Mixer: Andrew Callaghan Recording Engineer: Ryan Ritchie Executive Producer/ Company Manager: Vanessa Rouse Listies photographs: Andrew Wuttke
The Listies totally serious 100% fact filled guide to the Melbourne Museum is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.
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