Little Melbourne Reviews
We love a visit to the Melbourne Museum and it's the perfect escape come rain or shine and a winner for the whole family.
Whether you're seeking a fun-packed day out, need an educational distraction for restless little ones or are just at a loose end on a rainy day (or a heatwave), here's our look at the family-friendly Melbourne Museum.
- Buy a Museum Victoria Membership. For one you'll save a lot of $$ and avoid the queues.
- Head to the cafe on arrival. The cafe gets really busy at lunchtime so avoid tackling the line-up and eat and drink a little earlier than planned.
- Pre-book your tickets on-line to major exhibits.
- Grab a map on entrance to plan your visit.
The Museum is made up of 'sections'. It's easy to work out what once you've arrived.
With interactive, hands-on exhibits that are perfect for both younger and older children, the dinosaur walk exhibit provides a super-interesting learning experience for children (just don't tell them it is educational!).
Bugs Alive! is a fascinating look of over 100 species of live insects and spiders, thousands of specimens from the museum's collection, giant models and exciting interactive exhibits.
The Children's Gallery is designed for ages 3+ with dedicated play zones where they won't catch on that they're actually learning a thing or two. With creative spaces to colour, read and enjoy puzzles, to separate zones of building, make believe with a puppet show and other hands on educational happenings, it's bound to become one of your favourite hangouts.
If the kids need to run off some steam, there's a large outdoor space full of old fashioned games: skipping, hoops, quoits and more.
Don't miss the First People at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre exhibit either. Located close to the museum cafe. The diverse cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia are laid out in the spectacular array of Many Nations. Digital labels connect each of the nearly 500 artefacts with the people that made them and used them. Features include a hands-on activity table with fun and educational experiences for kids, and a case of children's objects brought to life through animations.
With all this learning and play going on you're going to need a coffee and lunch stop! The Melbourne Museum has its own cafe with fresh food offerings including hot food, pre-packaged food (sushi, kids packs etc), good coffee, icecreams and treats on offer. The cafe is spacious and we've never had a problem grabbing a table and there's high chairs available.
The one spot that is normally overlooked (or never seen by some) is the outdoor playground. It's a good spot to let the kids play while you catch your breath. You can find the playground to the right of the cafe.
Lastly if you're wondering what age group the Melbourne Museum suits - all ages! There's really something for the whole family, even our baby is growing curious about the museum.
If you're looking for more things to do outside of the Melbourne Museum, there's the IMAX Melbourne right next door and at the back of the Museum is Carlton Gardens with a large children's playground that suits all ages.