If you are in Melbourne, one of the places you need to check out is the Melbourne Museum.
More than just a place to take the school children for a field trip, the Museum provides education in a fun atmosphere. From Biotech to Body parts, computers to billy tea... you will get a look into who and what Melbourne is.
Children and Concession Free
* Children 3-16 years inclusive.
Open 10am-5pm daily
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
A controversial project (but hey, since when was a modern piece of architecture NOT controversial) sitting, as it does, opposite the Royal Exhibition Building (see previous tip). You'll either love it (I do) or hate it (Lonely Planet).
A funky piece of modernism, all straight lines, reflective glass and bright colours, the Museum is huge, reflecting the history of the city, the environment and the people from the Indigenous communities through to 21st century Melbourne and beyond - even an original set from 'Neighbours' is to be found here, along with the preserved champion horse Phar Lap.
Along with permanent exhibitions such as the fascinating The Human Body and Forest Secrets (a living cool temperate rainforest), the exhibition hosts large scale visiting exhibitions - Tutankhamun arrives in April 2011 until July.
Opening times: 10am- 5pm (Monday-Sunday) (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday)
Tickets: $A6 adults (children and concessions free). Tutankhamun $32 - $23 (not cheap but an exclusive presentation).
You could spend a whole day here - or two.
There is so much to see and do.
Some displays are interactive. You can take a tour with a tour guide at certain times.
There is a rainforest within the museum, with trees, water, and some animal life (really alive animals - not stuffed like in the rest of the musuem).
You can learn about Australiana, Australian History and see some truly Australian items.
Come and meet Pharlap - he is my daughter's favourite exhibition.
The Melbourne Musuem is huge, and it really requires a whole day to take in all the exhibits. There are restaurants and toilets aplenty.
The Old Treasury Building was originally built in 1850s to store the colony’s gold and was offices to the Governor, Premier, Treasurer and Auditor General. Its Renaissance architecture is the resemblance of wealth evident during the gold rush.
In 1990 it was conserved and opened to the public as the Gold Treasury Museum. Currently, it highlights three permanent exhibitions namely Built On Gold, Melbourne: A City Built On Gold and Growing Up In Old Treasury. The gold vaults which once stored the colony’s gold are also on exhibit.
Guided tours are available. Admission fee applies.
Mon - Friday / 9.00am - 5.00pm
Sat - Sun / 10.00am - 4.00pm
Closed on Good Friday, Christmas and Boxing Day
The Melbourne Museum is an exciting and innovative attraction. Includes permanent and touring exhibitions, dynamic performances and events, cafés, IMAX Theatre, gift shop, and undercover parking.
Located next to the Exhibition Building in Rathdown St Carlton.
Melbourne's new museum opened in early 2001, and boasts many wonderful and unique artifacts - from PharLap memorabilia (even his stuffed and mounted body) to Ned Kelly's armour (one of Victoria's most notorious 19th Century criminals). Put aside at least 4-5 hours to really enjoy the exhibits.
We usually associate museums with dusty places...like a storeroom for the ages. Melbourne Museum will not only prove you wrong but threw the image out of your head totally.
Lovely set up - 8 galleries worth of material to wander through. Bring your kids here - they is 1 gallery specially for them. They will be amazed. I saw kids going ooh-ing and ahh-ing over a real bee hive, created as a "slice through" so that they can see with their own eyes the work ethics of the buzzing bees. Dinosaurs never fail to capture any kids attention and the exhibits showcasing optical illusions will no doubt thrill them to bits.
Breathe. Adults will learn something as well. There is plenty of seriousness associated with the exhibits. It's supposedly educational you know. But educational does not equates dull. Interact with the exhibits and you may pick up something for the next game of "Trivial Pursuit" or for that pesky answer you do not know for the crossword puzzle.
And don't forget to walk through the open air Eco Forest, tucked right in the middle between 2 wings, and learn a little more about the fragile Earth we live on today.
The Melbourne Museum is also home to both the Bunjilaka, an Aboriginal Cultural Centre for people to learn about Victoria’s Koorie (south eastern Aboriginal) people and the IMAX Theatre.
There is a cafe as well as a museum shop within the building.
Open daily 10am - 5pm but closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Admission fee (circa 2008):
Adult $6, Concession and Children free entry.
Additional charges may apply for temporary exhibitions.
Give yourself 2 hrs to enjoy the whole place thoroughly... A very interesting museum where you can explore a rain forest, see Phar Lap, touch a dinosaur bone, walk onto a set of the TV show Neighbours.
Situated in Carlton Gardens and next to the historic Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum is an exciting and innovative attraction - including permanent and touring exhibitions, dynamic performances and events, cafés, IMAX Theatre, gift shop, and undercover parking.
Entrance fee A$6
Open 10am-5pm daily
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
The impressive Melbourne Museum is located in the Carlton Gardens, just a short walk north east of the city centre.
The large range of impressive exhibits includes:
Forest gallery - a mock rainforest with trees, plants, flowers, water features and live reptiles. The reptiles were hiding at the time of my visit, but if you're lucky you might encounter a lizard;
Bunjilaka - Aboriginal Centre: dedicated to the indigenous population of Australia. A gallery of photos and video footage of many Aboriginal people;
Pasifika Gallery - artwork and artefacts from the Pacific region - eg boats from Vanuatu, carvings from Papua New Guinea;
Bugs Alive - a collection of spiders, beetles, ants, grasshoppers etc. One display helpfully shows which spiders frequently enter people's homes in Melbourne! The facts are quite reassuring - I never realised how few people have ever died from the bites of redbacks and funnel web spiders!;
Evolution Gallery - dinosaur bones and mammal skeletons;
Australia Gallery - lots of artefacts from Melbourne's past, including the kitchen from 26 Ramsay Street on the "Neighbours" soap opera set. Also a gallery devoted to famous racehorse, Phar Lap.
Mind and Body - I didn't stay here long as it was overrun with schoolchildren giggling at the naked body models;
At the time of my visit, the "Touring Hall" was hosting an exhibition called "The Spirit of the Games - a display of costumes, props, photographs and other items from the opening ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games, held in Melbourne a couple of weeks prior to my visit.
The museum always has a special disp;lay we went especially to see the Mummies of Ancient Egypt. It is an alright way to spend a cool or wet day as we did.
Admission is $6 adults & children or concession holders are free.
The museum is open 10.00-5pm daily except Christmas & Good Friday.
A few interactive things for the kids.
A good place to go to if you want to do something in Melbourne for a few hours.
The highlight for me was the bug exhibit, but as with a lot of the exhibits and areas, parts were roped off where new sections were being set up.
My tips are to park on the street outside the museum if possible, as you can save yourself $10 in parking costs, and if going to the IMAX cinema avoid a movie called "Cyberworld 3D".
This museum gives an insite into many different Australian ways of life and its history and culture, including everything from aboriginal history to the story of the greatest Australian race horse ever... Well worth a visit. If you can prove you are English you get a reduction !!!
Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Building
A really huge one. It's the biggest museum in the southern hemisphere, so u may expect to spend at least one day there...it's even got a forest inside!!
If you are in a rush it's still worth visiting or even just having a look of the outside of the building, it's real nice architecture. The Carlton Gardens (the setting of the museum) are nice too
My kids love animals. To every country we went we will surely take them to the zoo. As for Melbourne the place is huge and kids are quite upset since they are not able to pet those kangaroos and that does not meet their desire in getting them to the zoo. We were upset too since there were no koalas make available during winter. So going to the zoo during winter is not a good timing.
Located in Carlton Gardens, opposite the historic Royal Exhibition Building, the award-winning Melbourne Museum houses a permanent collection in eight galleries, including one just for children.
Highlights include a complete skeleton of a blue whale, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a living rainforest, the racehorse Phar Lap and an IMAX theatre on site. Major international exhibitions are presented in the Touring Hall.
Some natural history, something from the labyrinths of our brain, some aboriginal culture and lots of other nice things to see. A wonderful indoor rainforest. etc. need at least two hours.
A visit to Melbourne Museum offers rich and often surprising insights into life in Victoria.