The Melbourne Museum

The Melbourne Museum is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere housing a permanent collection within seven galleries, a children's gallery and a temporary exhibit gallery on three levels.

Visitors have a wealth of choice among regularly changing exhibits along with the enduring favourites of a complete skeleton of a blue whale, the body of racehorse Phar Lap ( a race horse that won the Melbourne Cup during the Depression), and an IMAX theatre on-site.

The Science and Life Gallery houses more than 20 different vertebrate species, including snakes, birds, fish, frogs, reptiles, dinosaurs, and hundreds of different insects. Victoria's distinctive rocks, fossils, marine life and freshwater life are also featured in this section.

The Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre features a living cultural centre for the Koori community of south-eastern Australia. Presentations include artworks, artefacts stories and performances.

The Australia Gallery offers insights into the past and present vibrant history of Melbourne and Victoria. The Melbourne Story is an exhibit that tells the story of Melbourne's history from the 1800′s to the present day. A popular exhibit is the kitchen set from the Neighbours television show.

The Forest Gallery is a living example of Victoria's tall temperate forests which has around 8000 plants from more than 120 species.

The Discovery Centre at Melbourne Museum is designed to give visitors access to a vast store of expertise information and collections. Two hundred objects are on display, there is an extensive reference library, and public computers provide the option to watch documentaries and explore the extensive collection of on-line resources the museum has to offer.

Students of all ages are catered for at the museum through an exhibition and activates programme designed to accommodate students at all levels from pre-school through to adult education.

Hours & Prices

Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Entry fee is $6 adults with concessions and children-free entry.


The Melbourne Museum is located in Carlton Gardens opposite the historic Royal Exhibition building.

Carlton Gardens
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton VIC 3053


  • Phone: 03 8341 7777 | 13 11 02
  • Fax: 03 8341 7778

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