Here in Melbourne we have the Melbourne Museum. Not the biggest museum around but for Melbourne it can fill in an afternoon. I recently just visited the museum with my dad and we both had a good experience.
Where is it?
The museum is located at 11 Nicholson St, Carlton. You can walk from Southern Cross station but it’ll take you about 41 minutes or you can catch the number 96 tram from right out the front of the station. The journey will take about 19mins. If you come into the city by Metro train you can get off at either Melbourne Central station or Parliament Station both are about 50/50 distance from the museum. If you catch the tram from outside of Parliament station, the tram stop for the museum is actually still within the free tram zone area, saving you some money if you wish.
So what is it?
Its a museum so lots of old stuff… but don’t let that discourage you. There are displays from the different areas of science fields plus there is an area dedicated to Aboriginal (Bunjilaka Aboriginal Culture Centre). This section tells you some of the stories and cultures of the Aboriginal people. On display is also some artefacts from different groups of Aboriginals from around Australia.
There is a section dedicated to science & life. This section will take you through the development of
the Earth and animals (both big and small). There is information on different bugs and spiders- some are actually living specimens! If you are in to rocks, there is a fairly big display of different tyres of rocks- I myself keep forgetting how colourful rocks can be, with some even glowing under a black light.
There is even an outside area (Forest gallery) that has birds and fish. It explains the relationship between creeks and plants an how they work with each other to either clean the water or help feed different animals. At the back of the gallery is a section on bush fires- something that most Aussies know about and have learnt to live with, even though the bush fires can be really scary but what some people may not know is the Australian bush needs fire to help keep itself healthy.
Yep- The Imax theatre. A 32 metre wide by 23 metre high screen that shows movies and documentaries. Enough said really- check the website to see whats on here.
Whats around the area?
The museum is located in-between Lygon st and Brunswick st. On the same block as the museum is also the Royal Exhibition building and also the Carlton gardens, a nice area to have a quick walk or sit down to have a picnic (on nice days).
So if you are looking for something to do and would like to maybe learn some facts you might not know then I recommend visiting the Melbourne museum. Children and concession are free, adults start at $14. There is exhibitions throughout the year that may require an additional cost but check the web site to find out more or just rock up and talk to the friendly staff. There is a cafe and a shop available if you fancy a snack or a gift for someone.
Leave a comment down below if you have been and let us know your experience. If you want more information on public transport see my post on the PTV here.
Thank you and have a good day 🙂 Cheers