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Top museums in Melbourne

Melbourne museum

MELBOURNE’S museums offer you the chance to see, feel and touch what you would otherwise only read about in books or watch on television. Melbourne is home to many unique museums, giving you the opportunity to see famous art up close.

Many museums host permanent collections but there’s always something new and exciting to see with new exhibitions always coming to Melbourne.

Pencil in a date to explore history, culture and science at some of these top museums in Melbourne.

Melbourne Museum

No childhood is complete without a memorable experience to the award-winning Melbourne Museum. See Australia’s most famous racehorse Phar Lap, marvel at the complete skeleton of a blue whale, step inside a living rainforest. For an extraordinary experience, watch a 3D documentary on the IMAX Theatre’s eight storey high screen.

Jewish Holocaust Museum

Dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis between 1933-1945, this museum in Melbourne’s southeast aims to combat anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice. Holocaust survivors take you on a tour through the museum, sharing their personal stories of hardship and survival.

National Gallery of Victoria

The Gallery’s permanent collection contains over 68,000 works of art, including Australian, European, Indigenous and Asian paintings, sculptures and antiquities. With exciting new exhibitions always coming and going, always keep a close eye on the NGV’s website to see what’s currently on show.

Chinese Museummuseum-science

Located in the heart of Chinatown, the Chinese Museum documents the history, art and culture of Australia’s Chinese community. Highlights include heritage tours, public seminars, the re-creation of a goldfield mine and displays about early Chinese industries such as furniture making. It’s also home to the world’s largest dragon, the Millennium Dragon.


Scienceworks makes science fun! A hands-on experience with live demonstrations, interactive activities and guided tours about science and technology. Don’t miss the much-loved Planetarium shows – the 16m domed ceiling, stereo surround sound system and reclining seats allow you to marvel at the stars at any time of day.


Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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