What's on





Child in front of a model mantis

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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Offers a glimpse for the first time into the ancient women’s practise of shell stringing by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community.

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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.


Bogong moths

Create an Australian insect which is significant to Indigenous people of South-Eastern Australia.

Polyglot Theatre's Ants

Ants and children in the museum. Who knows what will happen?

Ant Antennae

Make your own ant antennae to wear and join the Polyglot Theatre’s Ants performance.

Bill Onus, President of the Victorian Aborigines' Advancement League, May 1967

Ganbu Yalingbu. Ngulu-Bulok.

Celebrating a major turning point in Australian history, Bunjilaka presents an exhibition marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. This collection of work by local Koorie artists reflects on a national movement united for Aboriginal Human Rights.

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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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A woman with gloves on handling a very large, open book
Rare Book Week

Caring for your collections

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

A teenager drawing a turtle specimen during a drawing class at Melbourne Museum
Rare Book Week

Scientific books & specimens

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

Ailhouette of a group of people

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.

Exhibition entry with visitors looking at language map

First Peoples

Celebrating the history, culture, achievements and survival of Victoria’s Aboriginal people. 

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Black and white photograph of a man looking through a movie camera

Reel Stories

Our expert panel discusses the motion film collection in the Humanities Department at Museums Victoria.

A man operates a giant cockroach puppet from inside.

Big Bugs on the loose

Giant bugs are on the loose at Melbourne Museum! You never know what you might see when you visit.  

Visitors viewing a showcase


Over 600 birds, reptiles, mammals and amphibians from around the world.

Visiting children examining Inostrancevia skeleton in the Dinosaur Walk exhibition.

Dinosaur Walk

Walk among skeletons of prehistoric animals.

Crinoid fossils and models

600 Million Years

The origin and evolution of life in Victoria.


IMAX Melbourne

The most immersive cinematic experience in the world.


Milarri Garden trail

Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.

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Black and white photography of two men and two women outside a tent

WWI: Love & Sorrow

One of the world's most destructive conflicts recalled through the experiences of eight people.

Girls looking into case

The Melbourne Story

An exhibition packed with icons of the city's past and present.

Visitor in front of butterfly display at the entrance to Bugs Alive exhibition

Bugs Alive!

The amazing world of insects and spiders!

Trees and mist

Forest Secrets

Walk through a stand of Victoria's mountain forests in the middle of the city.

Boy opening a drawer

Discovery Centre

A fun place to learn about interesting stuff.

stuffed birds in showcase

Darwin to DNA

The processes and mechanisms of evolution.

Detail of zinc etching


An etched zinc wall that spans the north wall of Birrarung Gallery and surrounds the entry to First Peoples

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A child looking at Earth globe display

Dynamic Earth

A brilliant, immersive exhibition about our ever-changing Earth.

Front view of mounted display shark

Marine Life

Dramatic underwater footage, vivid photographs and rare specimens bring Victoria’s marine animals to life.

Various sails within Te Pasifika gallery

Te Vainui O Pasifika

Watercraft and other objects from nearly every Pacific Island nation.

Shelving in a collection store

History, Culture and Collections

Monthly lecture series presented by Museums Victoria's Humanities Department.

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Paper mache model skin detail of head

The Human Body

View your body inside, outside, up close and over time in this exhibition about our own biology.

3 red pom-poms representing haemoglobin, with smaller blue pom-poms attached representing oxygen.

Finding Haemo

Come and see our giant red blood cell and make your own pom-pom haemoglobin.


The Mind

Think about the workings of your own mind and the minds of others.

Horse Phar Lap on display in the Melbourne Story gallery

Phar Lap

Australia's greatest racehorse.

four people standing amongst rocks and grass

Highlights tour

Introduction to the museum's displays.

External view of Royal Exhibition Building from Nicholson Street

Royal Exhibition Building Tours

Discover the history and beauty of this magnificently restored building.

Detail of astronomical slide

The astronomical lantern slide

This talk traces the development of the astronomical lantern set and its use in Australia, with a focus on the cultural interpretations of popular astronomy. 

Man dancing

Museum Moves

Wake up with the museum in this highly original event!

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Visitors in Museum shop during Museum Members VIP Shop Night

Christmas in July Members Shopping Event

We’re inviting you, our Museum Members, to visit and peruse our recently renovated Melbourne Museum shop in an after-hours shopping event.

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Museum Members

Make wonder a part of every visit. Join Museum Members.