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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People dancing


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

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Pale coloured fish on a black background

Voices from the Deep

Imagine going on a month-long voyage of deep sea discovery, where scientists explore 4000m below the surface and yield a cargo of weird and wonderful deep sea species discovered in the abyss.

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.

Side of a ship with a view of the swell

Sampling the abyss

See the faceless fish and learn more about the Museums Victoria-led deep sea research voyage.

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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.

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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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.  

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. 

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.

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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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.

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.

Aerial view of the Royal Exhibition Building

Preparing to Roam the Dome

Reinstating the Royal Exhibition Building's dome promenade.

Girls looking into case

The Melbourne Story

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


Milarri Garden trail

Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.

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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.

A child looking at Earth globe display

Dynamic Earth

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

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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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.

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History, Culture and Collections

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

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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.

Woman reading a book to a child

Book Week 2017

Join us in the Children’s Gallery with some very special guests to celebrate Book Week – Escape to Everywhere.

Shelving in a collection store

Curatorial Conversations

Humanities curators reveal some of the rich and remarkable stories behind recent acquisitions.


Museum Members

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