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Published December 6th 2010
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;


Photo credit: Peter Halasz.
Orange Roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus) specimen at Melbourne Museum.


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.

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, will be Melbourne Museum's next major exhibition - previously the Melbourne icon has played host to A Day in Pompeii, in 2009, The Great Wall of China in 2007 and Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition, earlier this year.

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.



There is a convenient onsite carpark, gift-shop and a Museum cafe.

Access a guide to the Melbourne Museum here.

Museum Victoria is composed of the following venues; Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum, Scienceworks and the Royal Exhibition Building.
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When: Open daily from 10am, until 5pm. It is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Where: 11 Nicholson Street Carlton VIC, 3053
Cost: Single Adult Ticket $8.00, Children under age 16 are free
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