Melbourne Museum

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At the Melbourne Museum, you’ll get an opportunity to explore the real history of Victoria. The museum showcases everything about the state; including its natural environment, cultural history, local communities and urban growth.

Those driving to Melbourne Museum should head towards Nicholson Street and look out for the famous Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, as the Museum is nestled within their grounds. There is daily underground parking available for an hourly fee.

Melbourne Museum Entry Prices, Address & Opening Hours

Visitors will come across a range of both permanent and temporary exhibits. In total, the museum boasts eight galleries, each featuring hundreds of ancient and modern artefacts and exhibits.

Some of the main highlights of the museum include its life-size skeleton of a blue whale, the largest animal on the planet as well as one of the biggest collections of Aboriginal artefacts in Australia. The site also features an IMAX theatre, where visitors can enjoy a documentary or feature film on one of the biggest movie screens in the country.

Importantly, the Melbourne Museum also has a Children’s Gallery which is all about children learning through play. The exhibitions are all about sight, touch and smell and children are encouraged to participate in scheduled events which change almost weekly.

The temporary exhibitions at the museum are constantly changing, so you’re advised to check the event calendar to learn more about the current and upcoming events. If you love history, animals or anything relevant to Australia, then visiting Melbourne Museum is a must.

Get to the the Melbourne Museum via tram #86 or #96 and alight at the corner of Nicholson and Gertrude Streets. Alternatively, you can catch the free City Circle tram to Victoria Parade or take the city loop train and alight at Parliament Station with a short 10 minute walk to the venue.

Melbourne Museum Information

11 Nicholson St,
Carlton, VIC
 Operating Hours:
10am – 5pm
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
Phone: (03) 8341 7777
Email: No email address available
  Ticket Prices/Admission:
Adult: $14
Child (under 16 yrs): Free
Concession: Free

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  • In order to enter Royal Exhibition Building, we need to buy ticket for Melbourne Museum right? Kindly confirm. Can we bring camera or mobile inside the museum?

    • Hi Miles,

      The Royal Exhibition Building (REB) and the Museum are separate buildings (although within close proximity).

      The REB hosts events and expos and is not open for general viewing. But you can take one of the guided tours which are held on most days at 2pm. The tours depart from the Melbourne Museum and cost $10 for adults, $8 for concession and $7 for children.

      If you want to enter the museum, a separate ticket is required. You will be happy to know that cameras are permitted inside the museum.


  • Hi, How much would it cost to enter Jurassic World for a family with 2 adults and 3 children? One of the children is 4 years old on concession pensioner card Thanks

    • Hi Shona,

      The total cost will be $116. You will need to purchase a family ticket + one extra child.

      A family ticket is $90 (2 adults and 2 children). An extra child is $22. Children are between the ages of 3 and 16yrs. There is also a $4 booking fee for booking online.

      If you want to add IMAX to your tickets, the total cost will be $176. You can purchase tickets here.

      Enjoy your day at the Melbourne Museum!

    • Hi Santhi,

      People with Concession (including Health Care Card) are free to the museum.

      If you are interested in special exhibitions; such as Jurassic World, you will need to pay admission for those separate exhibits – around $26.


  • How much is a yearly family pass to the museum? Does this get you into other museums around Victoria? Does it also make it cheaper for any special shows on at the museum?

    • Hi Beryl,

      A Museum Membership for a family (2 adults and 4 children up to 16 years) is $79 and will give you the following benefits:
      1. Show your Museum Members card every time you visit for free general entry to Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum and Scienceworks + express entry.
      2. Museum Members receive discounted entry to touring exhibitions (varies depending on exhibition), Melbourne Museum car park, IMAX Melbourne, Lightning Room and Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks, Royal Exhibition Building tours, Museum shops and cafes.
      3. Museum Victoria offers members an array of previews, programs and events every year not open to the general public. (Eg: special viewing sessions of Jurassic World Exhibition, members only screenings, etc)
      4. Early bird information on upcoming programs and events
      5. Pre-sale ticket opportunities
      6. Reciprocal visiting rights to partner venues including (Australian Museum (Sydney), Australian National Maritime Museum (Sydney), Discovery Science and Technology Centre (Bendigo), Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), Questacon (Canberra), Science Alive! (Christchurch, NZ), Science Centre (Brisbane), Science Centre (Wollongong) and SciTech Discovery Centre (Perth).

      If you are interested in purchasing the season pass, head to the Melbourne Museum website.

    • Hi Zeya,

      Yes there is parking available under Melbourne Museum. The car park is open 7 days a week from 6.00am to midnight daily. You can enter via Rathdowne Street or Nicholson Street.

      The day rate for Monday to Friday is:
      $12.00 0 – 1 hours
      $22.00 1 – 2 hours
      $27.00 2 – 3 hours
      $32.00 3 – 4 hours
      $37.00 4 – 5 hours
      $42.00 5 – 6 hours
      Maximum daily rate is $42.00

      Weekend/public holiday rates are:
      $16.00 Flat rate per day

      There are also earlybird rates and night rates available at a discount. If you book online in advance, you can also get a discount. You may also find hourly parking along Rathdowne Street for approx $4.00 per hour.

      Enjoy the museum!