Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
About
One of Australia's most popular and loved museums! Perfect for the whole family, Melbourne Museum showcases Australian social history, Aboriginal cultures, science and the environment. Expand your mind, discover new things and learn about cultures from the past and present. With exhibits to surprise and delight all ages, enjoy an inspiring and entertaining day while making memories that last a lifetime. Visit our permanent collections year-round and join us for exciting programs and temporary exhibitions from near and far. Visit the Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery the immersive space that supports families, carers, educators and children to learn together, designed for babies to 5-year-olds. Explore Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a space dedicated entirely to honouring our First People’s history, knowledge and living culture, through exhibits, storytelling, performances and more. Melbourne Museum is located adjacent to the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building.
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  • Loddonlily
    Great Malvern, United Kingdom351 contributions
    Must See - if you're interested in the history of the area
    Really enjoyed this museum, and I'd rate it as "must see" if you are interested in learning about the area. We took in two sections - one an exhibition on the history of the modern city, and the other an indigenous perspective. There were some other bits we didn't have time for, but those two were exactly what we'd hoped for. Recommend.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 26 March 2023
  • manda h
    Singapore, Singapore174 contributions
    Modern interactive exhibits and a must see for dinosaur fans
    This is one of the most enjoyable museum visit for me, with modern, interactive exhibits in a range of different halls that have been interestingly designed. Just the right amount in each section, not overloading of details and a variety of topics. Particularly impressive was the dinosaur fossils hall and the whale fossil in the entrance. I visited on a weekday, there were not too many tourists but sharing the place with school children.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Taskeen E
    Mauritius53 contributions
    Modern museum with lots to interest children
    My son did not want to visit the museum but when he saw it, he was amazed at how modern it was! The children's play area was very fun too. Even the grown-ups had fun! He was very interested in the displays and asked questions. Plus they have an actual forest within the museum, I thought that was very cool. Overall it was a great visit. If you have young children, I recommend planning at least 2 hours for the visit and playing.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Sarahp468
    147 contributions
    An actual forest in a museum!
    We didn’t visit the entirety of the museum but spent a good amount of time in the Aboriginal history exhibit which was really interesting. We also visited the forest room which is amazing, just a forest set up inside a building. Very cool
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 June 2023
  • ajrenca
    San Jose, California69 contributions
    A museum worth visiting that includes a free tour
    Definitely take the 1 hour free tour to get acclimated to each section. Our tour guide Ross was friendly, knowledgeable, and conducted the tour in a very organized manner. The museum only displays a small percentage of their artifacts at one time so the exhibits are rotated on a regular basis. This museum is well worth a 2-3 hour visit to see all of the displays.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Tina L
    21 contributions
    We really enjoyed our visit
    Amazing and very interactive museum. Definitely worth visiting if you are staying in Melbourne for a few days. I would also recommend the free tour which is great to show you what the museum has to offer and after that you can decide what you want to look at in detail.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • krocchi
    Singapore, Singapore1,430 contributions
    A worthy museum
    Really nice museum with lots of things to look at. Entrance ticket was cheap and worth it. There are lots of fossils, dinosaurs, solar system, taxidermy, gemstones, insects, history of Victoria, art to look at. You definitely do not wish to miss this if you’re in Melbourne. Good place for family with kids!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Jacki
    Canberra, Australia202 contributions
    Has some great displays particularly if you like dinosaurs or bugs
    The museum was much more modern than I had expected but still has the exhibitions you want to see like lots of dinosaur skeletons and interactive displays to keep the kids interested. My husband and I enjoyed the several hours we spent there and I thought it was pretty well put together. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Sarah H
    Adelaide, Australia32 contributions
    Great modern museum
    We went here to see the Gondwanaland exhibit which was highly recommended to us. It certainly lived up to the recommendation. A huge, stunning aviary and garden showcasing Australian flora and fauna. We didn't fully explore the rest, but the parts we walked through had an impressive display of Aboriginal art.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Roger Taylor
    23 contributions
    Melbourne Nuseum zmajic.
    I thought the museum’s spectacular display of evolution was stunning and the Triceratops exhibition out of this world. The amazingly atmospheric lighting and sound effects with video support made it outstanding. The Aboriginal and rainforest sections were also very well presented - with just enough detail to keep one interested.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 November 2023
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2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Titanic exhibition was dreadful.
It could have been good. There was potential. But it was so crowded that there was no way to get a proper look at the exhibits, read the text on the wall, etc. We were so packed in that it was just stressful and we wanted to leave. It was also not very interactive, just walls and walls of text. Considering it was a ticketed event, I have no idea why they sold so many tickets that I imagine many of us didn't enjoy the experience.
Written 24 February 2024
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Lee S
Australia2,586 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Melbourne museum is well worth the entrance price of $ 15 , senior &1 0 & Veterans free. They have a free tour which is worth getting on plenty to see from the blue whale, dinosaur & fossil & many more displays. One of my favorites was the exhibition on Phar lap a wonderful Australia race horse, to see it all I would think you should allow 4 to 5 hours & I still no show you would see the lot
Written 22 February 2024
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977stepht
Alice Springs, Australia137 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
3 of us went specifically for the Titanic exhibit, myself having flown in from the Northern Territory. We thought we’d get a bite to eat prior. Both cafes were very poorly stocked, with very few options.
On heading down to the Titanic exhibit at our prebooked time, it was evident they are booking too many people at a time. This meant it was difficult to be able to enjoy the exhibit because we were all squashed in.
In terms of the artefacts and display, these were reasonably well set out. The artefacts themselves were interesting, and held true to the memory of those that passed away.
Written 5 February 2024
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JaneduPlessis
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
It was completely overbooked! You could not move inside the exhibition and had to stand in a very slow moving line the whole time. Horrible experience.
Written 2 February 2024
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia15,753 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
My wife and I visited this Museum recently, after watching a movie at IMAX Melbourne, which is located next to this Museum.

We have been here a few times before and enjoyed our latest visit. I have read that this is the largest Museum in the Southern Hemisphere.

The incorporation of a rainforest inside this Museum makes it more interesting.
Written 1 February 2024
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angela m
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Family
In the past few weeks I've been to the Melbourne Museum twice - once with my grandchildren to see the Titanic relics exhibition and once alone to see the Victorian Government jewellery from the 1860s gold rushes. The Titanic exhibition, an international exhibition, was riveting to all three of us - the visionary ship building project as well as the realistic shipboard setting and astonishing and poignant objects recently retrieved from the ocean floor, as well as the high tech mission to collect clothing, china, spectacles etc without breaking them. Then, on a solo visit, I happened upon a marvelous recreation of the history of Melbourne including Coles Book Arcade and displays of the households and technologies of different eras. A remarkable collection, superbly displayed and families enjoying it. All credit to the Museum.
Written 31 January 2024
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Marni F
12 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
The guided Exhibition Tour was well worth it. The facility is beautiful and the guide shared interesting facts about the history of the building. Plus the views from the dome were breathtaking.
Written 30 January 2024
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Peter
Footscray, Australia483 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We were excited to go and see the Titanic Exhibition at the Melbourne Museum primarily because my partner absolutely loves anything to do with the Titanic and they had after dark access, which meant that we got to go at 6:30pm and there was very few children there.

For an exhibition that would possibly hold little interest for children, it was a pleasure to see this exhibition surrounded by adults.

There was plenty to see here with hundreds of items on display that were on the Titanic the night it sunk. The display was well laid out, there was a lot of information to read to learn about what was on display and there was the option to listen to a tour guide by using QR codes.

Highly recommend seeing this exhibition and we can only beg Melbourne Museum to PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE hold more after dark exhibitions and museum access without children.
Written 25 January 2024
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Debbie S
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
We went to the Titanic exhibition. It is well set out and interesting. The exhibition was great but parking was hugely expensive.
Written 7 January 2024
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Squidy Travels
Sydney, Australia209 contributions
July 2023 • Solo
I loved my trip to Melbourne Museum! It has some really well put together and varied exhibits. I absolutely loved the dinosaur and fossil section of the museum, it’s definitely one of the best I’ve seen (up there with New York’s National History Museum) and the Melbourne History section is so beautifully done.
Definitely a must see in Melbourne!
Written 30 December 2023
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