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Sights and Sounds: Melbourne Museum

The dinosaur exhibition at Scienceworks was fun but I thought it was nothing compared to the enormity of the dinosaur fossils at the Melbourne Museum. Check out the main procession of dinosaur fossils in the foyer of the Science and Life Gallery:

The Melbourne Museum contains 17 complete dinosaur skeletons:

  • Inostrancevia
  • Gallimimus
  • Deinonychus
  • Tarbosaurus
  • Hadrosaur
  • Tsintaousaurus
  • Hypsilophodon
  • Mamenchisaurus
  • Armargasaurus
  • Talarurus
  • Protoceratops
  • Pteranodon
  • Quetzalcoatlus
  • Anhanguera
  • Megalania
  • Genyornis
  • Diprotodon

In addition to that, they also had copies of skeletons, such as the Muttaburrasaurus (a dinosaur fossil found in Queensland that was named after the town it was located near):

And other animal skeletons, such as this one (I forget the name):

The Melbourne Museum is divided into different galleries. They have:

  • Science and Life
  • Evolution
  • Forest
  • Mind and Body
  • Children

There is also an art gallery next door if you are inclined to check that out.

There was so much to see that we only got through the Science and Life gallery. Here’s a snap shot of the Science and Life Gallery at the Melbourne Museum on their TV commercial (done ala Night at the Museum style):


We are definitely going back to the Melbourne Museum the next time were there. In the meantime, here are the details…

Address: 11 Nicholson St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053.
Telephone: +613-8341 7777
Opening hours: 10am-5pm (Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day).
Entry fees: Adults – $10; Children – free (3-16 years); you can get discounts if you purchase joint tickets to visit the IMAX theatre which is next door to the museum.

Right now, IMAX is showing a “Dinosaurs Alive” movie so you can complete your museum visit with a 3D experience with the dinosaurs.


It runs for 45 minutes and is rated PG with mild violence. I wanted to take Aristotle to see the movie but after his reaction to March of the Dinosaurs I thought better of it.

If you’re interested in the Melbourne Museum but don’t live in Melbourne, they have a virtual exhibition available online. It’s not the same as actually being there but it does a pretty good job of showing you what’s available in the museum to see.

The Melbourne Museum website also offers lots of educational resources available by age and subject. They also have a discovery center which offers links to other websites for more information on various subjects and information sheets on the exhibits they have at the museum. So even if you aren’t visiting the museum, there’s lots to discover on the Melbourne Museum website.

More activities in Melbourne, Australia.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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