Melbourne is home to world class museums. They all offer an exciting educational experience. Instead of just reading about history and humanity’s greatest accomplishments in print, you can actually see them for yourself in person at one of these unique museums.
New exhibitions are always coming and going, which means it’s always a good time to visit. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and pencil in a date to explore one of these venues.
Melbourne Museum (pictured)
This venue is perhaps the city’s most famous museum. Almost every Victorian child has visited the Melbourne Museum at some point. It has won many awards and is home to an extensive collection of natural and cultural artefacts. Some of the most enjoyable memories include getting close to Australia’s most famous racehorse Phar Lap or walking through an indoor rainforest. You can also watch a 3D documentary on the IMAX Theatre’s eight storey high screen.
National Gallery of Victoria
You’ll discover more than 68,000 works of art spread between NGV International’s site in Southbank and Federation Square. The artistic marvels include Australian, Indigenous, Asian and European paintings and sculptures. The art museum was founded in 1861, making it Australia’s oldest and most visited art museum.
Old Melbourne Gaol
Back in the mid-1800s when the gaol was first built, it dominated the Melbourne skyline. It stood as a symbol of authority, where the most dangerous criminals where housed alongside the homeless and mentally ill. Today, skyscrapers surround the gaol. However, it’s fascinating stories of what occurred behind these walls remain. Take a tour of the gaol to find out which infamous prisoners were held here. You can even take a night tour and see the gaol by candlelight if you’re brave enough!
National Sports Museum
Celebrate Australia’s rich sporting history at the iconic MCG. It’s home to the country’s largest collection of sporting memorabilia from some of our greatest heros. There’s something for everybody inside. There are also school holiday activities for the children and an interactive gallery. There’s also the chance to test your footy skills against some of the best AFL players and compare your strengths against elite athletes.