There is always a reason to head down to the Melbourne Museum, - the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere, located in the Carlton Gardens. There are twenty-one world-class permanent exhibitions on offer, including;
Koori Voices - an exhibition which focuses on the history of Aboriginal people.
Touring exhibitions include Phar Lap Reunion, which will close on January 30, 2011. This exhibition displays Phar Lap's skeleton next to the horse's hide.Mirror: Jeannie Baker which will close on February 13, 2011, features displays of the intricate collage art found in the illustrations of children's book author/illustrator Jeannie Baker, including her latest release Mirror (2010).
Also there is An Archaeological Time Capsule, which will close on March 28, 2011; this exhibition includes various displays of found artefacts from the backyard of a 19th century family; such as chamber pots, ornaments and clothing remnants, which all offer a revealing insight into the lifestyle of one family, living in the1800s.
Coinciding with Mulana: Spirit, an exhibition dedicated to the works of Aboriginal artist Megan Cadd (which will close on April 10, 2011), is Aboriginal storytelling, performances, workshops and demonstrations. This special series of events will begin on January 2, 2011 until January 29, 2011 - daily, from 11am, until 3pm.
To really take advantage of the multitude of exhibitions of offer, everyday, such as the Children's Gallery, Forest Gallery, Water Smart Home exhibition and CSIRAC exhibition, participate in a free daily tour of the museum which lasts between 45 and 60 minutes. Simply ask at the Main Foyer, as bookings are not required for individuals; the tours run from 10am until 4pm, daily.
Melbourne Museum is open daily from 10am, until 5pm. It is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
An adult ticket is only $8.00, while children between the ages of 3 and 16, are entitled to free entry. If you have a valid concession, you are also entitled to free entry. Discounts are available when you purchase a joint ticket to IMAX Melbourne.