Opening Hours

Daily 10am–5pm
Closed Good Friday
and Christmas Day

Where to find us

Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053

What's on

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Bug Lab

Zoom in on the evolutionary genius of bugs and discover how humans are using bugs as inspiration for new technologies.

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Dino skull


Explore the museum after hours with live music, bars, and delicious bites.

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

Children's Gallery

A wondrous place for babies to 5-year-olds where children will explore, play and learn.

Young boy holding a craft project made from paper

School holiday activities

This winter we’ll be exploring the world of Bugs. Make a bug, see a bug, be a bug.


Top Designs 2017

Top Designs 2017 showcases the work of Victoria’s best young emerging designers.

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Model of a mantis

Bug Lab Members Preview

Museum Members are invited to view Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers before Melbourne Museum opens

Lateral view of The Slender Rat

Meet the world’s newest rat

The Slender Rat was discovered by Museums Victoria and named one of the Top 10 New Species for 2017.

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Rare Book Week

Caring for your collections

Join Museums Victoria’s conservator of paper, images and audiovisual materials, Belinda Gourley.

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Rare Book Week

Scientific books & specimens

Draw birds and mammals from the museum’s Heritage Collections alongside books depicting the specimens on display.

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Australian of the Year 2017

Features personal objects selected by the award winners that have valued significance to them, communicating something special about their lives and experiences.

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What’s On at Museums Victoria

Download our quarterly What’s On brochure and discover the amazing exhibitions, programs and experiences on offer across all our venues!