The 'journey' into the Jurassic World: The Exhibition begins before you even step foot through the door at the Melbourne Museum. You get a sense the dinosaurs may be out of control when you encounter the four cheeky Velociraptors by the door, who appear to have broken out of their shipping container.
Once the tour starts you are guided onto the 'boat', which is essentially a holding area but gives the impression you are sailing toward the island. A lady projected on screen greets you and starts giving you the low down about Jurassic Park when she suddenly looks worried. After suggesting something may be wrong – that some of the dinosaurs are out of their containment areas, she wishes you well on your visit.
You'll then walk through the massive Jurassic World gates we know so well from the movie to see a huge Brachiosaurus. The 'creature' is a very long neck extending from some dense shrubbery, but he moves and growls in a very realistic way, high above your head. It is simply captivating right from the word go.
My best advice at this point is DON'T HURRY THROUGH. Whilst visually spectacular and very exciting, the exhibit is not large. In fact, it ends rather abruptly leaving you wanting much much more. So take your time and linger by each display for as long as possible.
Stay and soak up the atmosphere and take plenty of pictures. Be sure and check in little nooks, caves and bushes, too as you proceed through. You never know who you'll see.
I don't want to ruin your experience by giving too much away, but from there you walk through different scenes featuring different, interactive dinosaurs, and get to see a Jurassic World gyrosphere out in the 'field'.
My absolute favourite display was the T-Rex, and as supervisors won't let you double back, I was really sorry I didn't stay to watch his 'show' twice.
All too soon you are through the exhibit and in a very small area where you can see a huge dinosaur skull, some dino bones and other fossils, plus read information about the End of the Dinosaur era.
Then you're herded through the specialty Jurassic World: The Exhibition gift shop. For us that's when the fighting and upset begins, but you can keep the momentum going by shuffling the kids through the merchandise quickly with the promise of more dinosaurs. Wander through the regular dinosaur exhibit before venturing through the rest of the museum, which is always such a treat and especially great for kids to explore.
Jurassic World: The Exhibition is featured at the Melbourne Museum until the 9th October 2016. There are several different ticket options from a single entry to a Flexi or Multi-Visit Pass; even gift vouchers.
Sessions are booked every half hour and entry prices for a single visit range from $34 for adults, $22 for children, $26 for concession holders and a family ticket is $90. Children under 3 are admitted free.
The Melbourne Museum is located in the Carlton Gardens, Nicholson Street, Carlton. The Museum is open 10am – 5pm daily (except Good Friday and Christmas Day). There is onsite parking at the museum, surrounding street parking, or you can park in the city and take public transport out to the museum.