Melbourne Museum

Top choice in Melbourne

This museum provides a grand sweep of Victoria’s natural and cultural histories, incorporating dinosaur skeletons, a 600-species-strong taxidermy hall, a 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.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Melbourne attractions

1. Royal Exhibition Building

0.11 MILES

Built for the 1880 International Exhibition, this Victorian edifice in Carlton Gardens symbolises the glory days of 19th-century Melbourne's economic…

2. Museo Italiano

0.36 MILES

Telling the story of Melbourne's Italian community, this small but information-packed museum puts an important part of Australia's history, and the…

3. Alcaston Gallery

0.39 MILES

Set in an imposing boom-style terrace, the Alcaston showcases international and Australian art, with a focus on the work of living Indigenous Australian…

4. Sutton Gallery

0.44 MILES

Housed in a simple, unassuming warehouse space entered off Greeves St, this gallery is known for championing challenging new work.

5. Old Melbourne Gaol

0.48 MILES

Dating back to 1841, this bluestone prison was in operation until 1924 and decommissioned in 1929. It's now a museum where you can tour the tiny, bleak…

6. St Patrick’s Cathedral

0.53 MILES

Designed by William Wardell, Melbourne's Catholic cathedral is among the world's finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture and the largest church…

7. Chinese Museum

0.54 MILES

The fascinating and often fraught history of Chinese people in Australia is showcased in this wonderful little museum in the heart of Chinatown. Start on…

8. Parliament House

0.55 MILES

The grand steps of Victoria’s parliament (1856) are often dotted with tulle-wearing brides smiling for the camera as well as placard-holding protesters…