Melbourne Museum

Museum in Carlton & Brunswick

This museum provides a grand sweep of Victoria’s natural and cultural histories, incorporating dinosaur skeletons, a 600-species-strong taxidermy hall, 3D volcano and an open-air forest atrium of Victorian flora. There's a children's gallery, and the excellent Bunjilaka on the ground floor presents Indigenous Australian history told through objects and Aboriginal voices with state-of-the-art technology. There's also an IMAX cinema.

If you're willing to pay a premium of $79, you can skip the crowds and join a small-group guided tour of the museum before opening hours.