Melbourne Museums

Melbourne MuseumThanks to its rich and multi-cultural heritage, Melbourne enjoys a deep appreciation for art and history. Many resources have been dedicated to nurturing this passion within the numerous institutions and organisations that support the arts.

Arguably the most renowned museum in Victoria is the Melbourne Museum. Experience the museum come alive as you investigate the enormous dinosaur bones, bugs and learning opportunities for young and old. Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Victoria's Aboriginal people or follow 600 years of evolution in Victoria. Kids will also love getting up close to Australia's greatest racehorse, Phar Lap, who stands permanently in the museum. Make sure to save time for the IMAX theatre next door, an immersive experience for all. Visitors can get to the Melbourne Museum via the free city circle tram.

Kids with an inquisitive nature will love the Scienceworks Museum in Spotswood. Devoted to encouraging kids to play with science, the much-loved museum is dedicated to challenging and engaging young minds as they interact with the extensive exhibits. Wander through the enormous machines which keep Melbourne running, race against Kathy Freeman in the renowned stimulator and gaze in awe at the size of our universe from the depths of the Melbourne Planetarium. The museum also has hosts live science shows and workshops. Only 5km from the Melbourne CBD, Scienceworks is just a few minutes' walk from Spotswood train station.

In Melbourne, there are also two museums devoted to our early immigrants; the Chinese Museum and the Immigration Museum.

Those interested in learning more about Australia's deep and varied immigrant history will enjoy the Chinese Museum located in Chinatown. Featuring five levels that overflow with significants items and artefacts (it's also the keeper of the largest dragon in the world), the Melbourne Immigration Museum is similarly situated in the heart of the city and paints a picture of foreign settlers' experiences in Australia from the 1800's to current times.