Melbourne Museum

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Nicholson St 11
3053, Melbourne
13 11 02

ℹ️ Information

The Melbourne Museum is a world-class museum that tells the story of Victoria, from its ancient Aboriginal past to the present day. It is one of the largest museums in the Southern Hemisphere and has five main galleries: Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, the Melbourne Story, the Forest Gallery, the Wild Gallery and the Discovery Centre.

The Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre is the museum's Aboriginal cultural space, where visitors can learn about the history, culture and traditions of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of the land on which the museum stands. The Melbourne Story gallery tells the story of the city from its earliest days as a small settlement on the Yarra River, to its growth into a bustling metropolis. The Forest Gallery explores the unique flora and fauna of Victoria, while the Wild Gallery showcases the state's diverse wildlife.

The Discovery Centre is a hands-on space for children of all ages, where they can learn about the museum's collections and conduct scientific experiments. The Melbourne Museum also has a cafe, a shop and a theatre, which hosts a variety of talks, films and events.

🕒 Opening hours

  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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🗣️ Melbourne Museum: Reviews

Andrew Lim 8 months ago

Great experience with the kids! There’s a children’s museum that is also worth visiting. Just note that you will need to enter the children’s museum at your allotted time as staff rotates the kids out on the hourly dot. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Yes … More

K D 8 months ago

Melbourne Museum Melbourne museum is one of the most iconic and historic buildings in Melbourne. It’s not only exhibits detailed and distinctive history about the building itself but also other things it holds like it’s permanent collection. It has guided tour show casing Melbourne skyline Opening hours are 9 am to 5 pm daily. It is closed only on Good Friday and Christmas Day. One can reach here by tram route 86 or 96. Bus routes are 250, 251 and 402. If you love riding bicycle than there are local bicycle facilities which include bike lanes on Rathdowne St & Canning St & a shared pedestrian/bike path as well. Bicycle racks on the Plaza. Melbourne Museum also have car parking ️ which is open all 7 days of the week from 5:30 am till midnight. Details of the prices are available on Melbourne Museum website. Melbourne Museum also runs virtual tours which you can enjoy from your home. There are plenty of online events for all. Melbourne Museum also have store where you can buy exciting stuff for kids. Go and enjoy this beautiful place with your kids and loved ones. It’s for everyone.

Jade Koekoe (Misskoko the Librarian) 8 months ago

Great place to bring the family. The galleries are separated into natural history, social history and kids gallery. Entry prices can be expensive though, especially for traveling exhibitions. Would be handy to go with anyone you know who has a museum membership. Food is ok, coffee is amazing.

Natalie Ajay 8 months ago

We love bringing our children here. We visit a couple of times a year and you can easily fill 3-5 hours of kiddy time in the museum. The kids adore the big dinosaur skeletons, the stunning outdoor garden/forest walk, the dedicated children's play space and Phar Lap. The food options here are particularly impressive: dozens of healthy options for adults and little ones, instead of the usual disappointing fried food. We often enjoy fresh sandwiches, salads, fruit, stir fry and great coffee. Highly recommend a day out here if you've got kids in tow.

Lazer Beam 9 months ago

This is a great museum but I cannot compare to other museums on size or exhibits as I havent been to many others. Phar Lap lives here and he is still amazing. The dinosaur exhibits are pretty big lol, the bug section is really cool and the amenities are clean. Hard to get a coffee at 4pm on a Sunday though. Room for improvement there! Thought I found a cool cafe for cake and coffee then realised it was an exhibit. Great miniature world exhibit with life size cafe ;)

Chels Huismann 9 months ago

Was very fun and and an interesting experience! Was pretty crowded but if you wish to avoid this i suggest going outside of school hours. The cafe inside has a range of options too.

Melbourne Guy 9 months ago

This review is primarily for 'Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs', which sees the world’s most finely preserved Triceratops skeleton displayed in the museum as the cornerstone attraction of the larger dinosaur exhibit. So, firstly, the Museum itself. Melbourne does not boast a sprawling expanse like the American Museum of Natural History in New York or London's Natural History Museum, what we have is a compact building that is ideal for parents with younger kids, because the limited exhibitions align with their attention span. In terms of attending, I used the underground car park, which you can prebook, and which was a reasonable $13 charge on a weekend. However, while trams and trains are close, neither are 'at the door', and buses...those I don't know about, sorry. The 'Triceratops' exhibition is not included with entry, so you have to buy a specific ticket. That surprised some attendees in the queue to enter, but the staff dealing with this were polite and positive and the size of the building means heading back to the entrance to purchase a ticket is not a trek. My words can't do justice to the exhibit itself. Horridus (as our triceratops has been named) is awesome to behold, despite being merely a skeleton 65-million odd years old. He/she looks dipped in some metallic primer and the lighting is moody, it's just terrific staging. It impressed me, and it impressed everyone else if the reactions from young and old were anything to go by. The other dinosaur skeletons are amazing, but Horridus is next level awesome, so kudos to the Museum staff for securing such a complete example and managing to convey the majestic terror that seeing a triceratops in the flesh, 65 million-odd years ago, would invoke.

Maria-Jose Sanchez 9 months ago

The Melbourne Museum is one of our favourite Melbourne hangouts. It's a wonderland of curiosity and knowledge for every age and we come away inspired and feeling more connected to our planet and the human experience on earth. The cafe offers a great selection including healthy ones which is amazing and I love that they use eco friendly packaging for containers and coffee cups. They also make great coffee! My little one loves the children's gallery but this is only for 0-5, I hope they think about holding older kids sessions, my son will be heartbroken when he turn 6 and can no longer go in. We also love the live animal exhibits (bugs, lizards) and the lovely outdoor spaces to learn about the natural world outdoors, which includes an eel feeding talk and some lovely forest walks. As with all things its worth planning your visit, booking ahead and booking parking if you can, especially if you are visiting on peak days.

Kings Acai Australia - Wholesaler 9 months ago

Melbourne Museum is awesome. We have an annual membership which is definitely worth the money! We just did the Triceratops exhibit and it was breathtaking. The 3D lights makes you feel like you are living in the era! The Childrens Gallery is also the best! The climbing display is super safe and kids go crazy there. The lighting show at this gallery is amazing for babies! My 8 month old was super entranced by that. Highly recommend. I will update my membership as soon as it runs out. Super worthwhile!

Carrie 9 months ago

The Museum is a short walk from the tram stop on Nicholson Street (Trams 86 & 96) just passed the Royal Exhibition Bldg. The entrance is down the side of the building in the mall. If you become a member access is free to general exhibits all year round. Specialty exhibits are extra. There is a wonderful rainforest past reception direct to the other side of the room. It is truly wonderful and has reptiles and birds in residence with daily free access. This venue, including the rainforest area, is wheelchair and walker accessible as has both escalators and lifts. Members can access a VIP queue to check in with ease.

donegan melissa 9 months ago

Amazing! We were blown away by the triceratops exhibition. The staff and whole team at the museum do an incredible job keeping the museum to such a high standard. A little something for everyone and well worth a visit.

Abdullah 9 months ago

I had the pleasure of visiting Melbourne Museum this week and was truly impressed. The museum has a variety of exhibits which explore Australia’s cultural, scientific and natural history. The displays are well laid out and informative, providing a vast amount of knowledge and insight into the history and culture of the country. I especially enjoyed the interactive displays which allowed me to explore the museum at my own pace. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, providing helpful information and guidance when needed. Overall, I had a great experience and would highly recommend Melbourne Museum to anyone looking to learn more about Australia’s past.

Anooja J 9 months ago

Fantastic experience..Very neatly arranged..We were amazed by the beetle section display!My daughter had fun and it was educational too..But need to buy separate tickets to attend some events..Better to book your tickets online and check out for special events.. Visited on Public holiday Wait time Up to 10 min Reservation recommended Yes … More

Adam James 9 months ago

Me and my 2 year old had a great time. Easy pram access to all exhibits. He could see everything whilst sat in the pram and was in awe at the dinosaurs. The children's gallery is a great place for the young kids to stretch their legs. It gets quite busy but the kids don't seem to care and that's what matters. The staff were friendly and accommodating. We'll be back!

Rachel Chong 9 months ago

Huge museum with really interesting exhibits, including an 85% complete triceratops! The Forest Gallery is super unique, but was unfortunately closed to entry. Also comes with a fun Children’s Gallery, where parents take a 50-min break. Highly recommended for a visit. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Kangsheng Tan 9 months ago

Melbourne Museum has a wonderful collection of exhibits. The Triceratops is a must see. In addition, volunteer Mr Ross is an exceptional guide. I attended his tour at 1.30pm. Thank you Sir for your elaborate explanations as well as the many additional nuggets of trivia you shared with us today. Cheers Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Yes … More

Nancy Varkey 9 months ago

Spent a wonderful day at the Melbourne Museum at Carlton Gardens. State of the art architecture. Fantastic display of First Nations artifacts and dinosaurs amd a variety of insects. Definitely must visit. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Nisa RD 9 months ago

I came during weekdays yet people still lining before buying tickets to enter, and the ticket price is really worth it with the attraction inside, would spend around 2 hour inside, so plan your trip. There's a lot to see ! And very informative too. When you tired after sightseeing you can buy snacks or lunch at the cafeteria and restaurant, also buy some souvenir at the gift shop

Stefanus Reno Wileri 10 months ago

You can buy tickets offline (thought you can’t pay in cash). if you buy the basic general admission then the museum are divided by different sections (prehistoric-premodern-natural). you can safely spend a few hours or even a day here. overall a nice small get away form the city! Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Yes … More

Marissa Darling 10 months ago

A vast and varied array of exhibits to delight all the ages. More than a day's worth of exciting things to see. Loved the open air native flora and fauna section. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Yes … More

Brian Medlin 10 months ago

The first time I have actually been to a real museum and wow, this place has so much! Tons of history and amazing exhibits. Would recommend to anyone visiting the area! Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait … More

Maria Diana Syrakis 11 months ago

Visited the Melbourne Museum yesterday with my two little ones. This Museum is accessible by pram, with ramps and lifts. We pre-booked tickets online and had no wait when we entered around 9am in the morning. We visited the station cafe for a morning tea pit stop opposite the children's gallery. They served us quickly with some pre-made snacks and drinks. We spent the majority of our time between the children's gallery (which I recommend you book in advance a time slot, so you can enjoy 50 mins of uninterrupted exploration time), forrest gallery and the dinosaur exhibition. Each exhibition has been carefully tailored to involve the little ones, with each section having interactive parts for the kids to get involved in. We spent a good 2-3 hours here with a 1 and 2 year old and I felt like that was an adequate amount of time to enjoy a portion of the museum. After our visit, we decided to drop into the new Mercury restaurant which is outside the gift shop and down the corridor. They have highchairs and a kids menu available, as well as a menu for adults which has some simple meals. I found the meals to be okay at best, in terms of quality and size. The museum has lots of toilets around - including lots with baby change tables/baby change facilities which were clean and large to fit a pram inside. Parking wise, underneath there is parking that is accessible via a lift for those who have prams with them. I would definitely recommend visiting as it's such a great museum, but anticipate if you are visiting with kids that you might need to visit multiple times to see everything that's on offer!

Ben Norman 11 months ago

The place was absolutely packed and the process of getting in was fast because we could book tickets through the QR code link. Dinosaurs were cool. Spiders were cool. Dead things are cool, had a great time.

Aaron 1 year ago

Super cool experience! I easily spent hours and lost track of time. Definitely worth while! I would highly recommend buying your ticket online to avoid waiting in line. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Yes … More

Sia Taba 1 year ago

Well done to the museum staff. I really enjoyed the first nation exhibition. I believe they have put a lot of time and energy fir this exhibition. I for one learned a lot about our aboriginal people and first people living on this land. Also the other parts looked interesting but didn’t had time to go. With general admission of 15 you can see different exhibition. Good museum.

Pornphutthachat Sota 1 year ago

It’s so good place. It’s worth to come. They told story about the original then the history of Melbourne. Various Animal exhibition here. For university student, they provided the special fare for you. Love it !!!

Sabrina Stubbs 1 year ago

One of my favourite museums in the world to visit managed to catch the Tyama interactive/immersive exhibit and am still in awe days later! The regular exhibits are also lovely - would recommend seeing the central forest, dinosaurs among us, and mini museum Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure … More

Isuru Akalanka 1 year ago

If you're in Melbourne this is a place that you must go! So much to learn with some amazing scientific specimens. If you plan to go on a weekend, highly recommend you book your tickets in advance, it's an easy process through their website. And if you want to go through everything, you'll need a full day so may be consider going early in the morning. It'll be an amazing experience for both adults and kids

Elisabetta W 1 year ago

Every visit is a great one, interactive and educational. Especially good for an immersive experience on your own, with a friend or with the little ones. Dinosaur exhibit a highlight as well as the seasonal museum exhibits

Victoria Strong 1 year ago

I went around lunchtime midweek and it was busy with school groups and mums with prams. So lovely to see people out and about making the most of this wonderful attraction. I only toured the outdoor gallery and the early Melbourne area and it still took me 3 hours. I did read and look at everything in those areas. I really enjoyed myself. Staff were very friendly and helpful too. I saw the Tyama exhibition and loved it!

Mrs. Li Wang 1 year ago

One our favourite places to play at as a family. The Forrest Walk, Dinosaur exhibits and Gandel Children’s Gallery are our top three things to see/do. The delicious, healthy and affordable packed lunches sold at the Museum Cafe are one of the big reasons we keep returning as we are able to “make a day of it” without needing to rush off home for sustenance or settling for unhealthy foods out of desperation. According to my child the visit is incomplete without the Junior Pack (wholemeal ham/cheese sandwich with a mini muffin and small apple).

Ann Cox (Annie) 1 year ago

So much to see and do for all ages, even when you go a few times a year!... we missed some great things last time, today our favs were the tiny machines & models and the gigantic doll house in Melbourne exhibition. Accessibility ♿️ excellent & plenty of parking below. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait … More

Chris Dewar 1 year ago

Such an amazing venue. There is so much going on. We took our boys (4 & 1) and they were engaged and interested in each of the areas! Plan a full day, and make sure you explore! The building and exhibitions are made even more interesting by the staff. The staff are enthusiastic and so knowledgeable. One even helped point us to a quiet area to have our lunch when one of our boys way getting a bit overwhelming. Lovely place and lovely people. 100% recommended. And keep an eye on the changing special experiences. Always something new to see!!

Serena Huh 1 year ago

One of my all time favourite places in Melbourne. Never disappoints! Really love the dinosaur and first people sections. They make a museum into almost an art gallery, yet the science and natural aspects of it are still of high standard. Brilliant work! The gift shop is so good it's a crime! Cuteness overload and makes me really want to spend the last penny on me!

Stooty Boolakee 1 year ago

Melbourne Museum is a great place to visit. You can easily spend a few hours there looking at dinosaurs, and other prehistoric animals. Great for kids. The culture and history section was very informative and interesting. You can have lunch there as well. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure … More

Kerbray 1 year ago

A brilliant experience with lots of different areas to explore and learn. The different displays range from dinosaurs to aboriginal history, and there's activities for all ages within the museum. The children's play area was a great addition for wearing the little ones out. You could easily spend half a day here depending on how much you want to see.

InfernoSouls 1 year ago

Really nice exhibits with some really interesting ones on the ground floor. If you read through everything and watch most of the videos may take you more than a day so start early. Plus its free for students so students don't need to rush through it, just make multiple visits. I went during the triceratops exhibit and it was pretty cool.

Haleema's Kitchen 1 year ago

I like the museum alot. Especially the kids area and the forest reserve. This is an amazing day activity for kids. They can spend much time. Very helpful to keep kids bsy under a roof...... Visited on Weekday Wait time Up to 10 min Reservation recommended Not sure … More

Michael 1 year ago

Had the most wonderful visit to the Melbourne Museum. The collection is just amazing, I could spend hours here. Friendly staff, nice coffee bar and museum shop. The only downside was that one section was closed for the development of a new (very exciting) exhibition - ah well great excuse to visit again in June. Definitely recommended for all ages. If only Sydney had a museum like this I would visit every week.

Marija Mrvosevic 1 year ago

Amazing museum experience! We were there for 5 hours and didn't even see the first floor. Coming back many times for sure. Only next time on a weekday, as it is quite busy and loud on a Sunday.

Binu 1 year ago

A must visit in Melbourne. Kids enter free, while for adults it is $15. Forest walk and triceratops are interesting. You can add 45 minutes IMAX movies along with the entry ticket. Food is a bit expensive. But you can carry your food if you feel so. The souvenir shop is stuffed with many attractive items. Visited on Weekend Wait time 1 hr+ Reservation recommended Yes … More

Darshini Sugumar 1 year ago

Well, this is definitely a better place than the exhibits displayed in National Gallery of Victoria. There were so many exhibitions inside and students get a concession on their tickets, so yay. There are plenty of amazing artworks, sculptures and information for people of all ages. Would definitely recommend this place. I spent about 3.5 hours here.

T Stewart 1 year ago

Really loved all of the dinosaur skeletons on display, and an impressive collection of crystals/gems. Phar lap is a classic Melbourne must see. The tiny models exhibit was really great as well, and we liked seeing the year 12 VCE students' deisgn products. Very cheap entry- adults are only $15, and kids under 16 are free. Visited on Weekday Wait time Up to 10 min Reservation recommended Yes … More

Natalie G 1 year ago

I took my 5 year old brother to the Melbourne Museum and he loved it! Just as I remembered as a little kid, there are so many things to see and interact with. We went specifically to see the Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs exhibition. It was really cool and was a great hit with my brother who loves dinosaurs. He also especially loved the insect and bugs section which had all kinds of creepy crawlys. But even if you’re not a fan of bugs there’s still something for everyone. Personally my favourite section is the Australian history room - especially the history relating to Melbourne. We have a museum membership so we were able to visit the museum for free, including the triceratops exhibition. I think if you have kids and they enjoy the museum it is definitely worth considering purchasing a membership. You even get discounts at the gift shop and cheaper parking too. The museum was clean, had friendly and welcoming staff and overall we had a great time.

Gazielle 1 year ago

Really cool experience overall with lots of things to see and do! Different displays and detailed explanations to match the work on display. Great activity for any age and is an overall great learning experience. I didn't go myself, but the Cafe seemed a little over priced for the products, but other than that, I had a really great time!

Amanda Phoenix 1 year ago

A great way to spend a day exploring. Highly recommend it. I wish the exhibits were more written with adults in mind (more detailed language, as currently most of it is written for children) however I found the experience very enjoyable. The short haired lady working at the ticket booth was a delight.

Nara Lee 1 year ago

Gorgeous, informative exhibit for all ages. We spent hours here perusing the collection, everything is kept in wonderful condition. Lots of kids running around which is great to see — I’m glad that families are coming here to learn about different aspects of the world and its history. Perfect place to bring any person who loves their science.

Victor Yang 1 year ago

This is one of my favourite places to go with kids. Always so much things to learn and explore. The children's gallery is always a must. Kids love it. The triceratops exhibition is amazing. Everything is so well made and displayed.

Rabi Katoua 1 year ago

Great place to visit for kids and adults alike. Different sections where you can learn about earth, moon, insects, dinasours, and many more things. Make sure to visit the First People gallery where you can see amazing history (past and present). The mini to scale section is just amazing with huge effort done that can't be ignored. The 3D movie about volcanos is super amazing as you don't need to put on any glasses. All in all, it's a place that is worth visiting. Staff are very nice and helpful.

CL Yeo 1 year ago

Really a good place for adults and kids. You would be able to spend at least 2 hours here with the kids to explore around. Even the souvenirs shop are amazing too.

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