We Depend on Nature

Discover Victoria’s natural diversity through play

Past Event: 2 March 2010 to 31 December 2010

Children's Gallery.
Putting a magnet on the Biodiversity Backyard board.
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Ben Healley

Come and explore Victoria’s natural diversity through touch, smell, puppet play, drawing and more.

In partnership with the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Melbourne Museum has created a space where you can explore and enjoy the wonders of Victoria’s natural wildlife and environments to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity 2010.

The biodiversity-themed learning environment immerses children in Victoria’s habitats and natural world. Consisting of three spaces, the space offers exploration of the diversity of animal life with an emphasis on the importance of backyard biodiversity and an open play space with animal puppets to invoke their imagination.

Children can add a leaf to our Tree of Life and then nestle under the tree in our reading corner with a selection of fun and informative books about the natural world. Children are invited to smell a range of habitats, feel animal furs and compare their faces to a range of people and animals on our face wall.

Suitable for children 0-8 years.

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