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Published June 30th 2019
Plenty to see at the Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Museums always have some excellent programs on, and this is a list of some of these for your perusal.

1. The Great Gut Microbe Hunt
These tours will be on Sundays, 21st July until 15th September from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm. Here you will learn about your helpful gut microbes in the new 'Gut Feelings' exhibition.

Do you know that things live inside your gut? You will discover just how amazing our bodies really are at Melbourne Museum on Sundays during Term Three, as you look for microbes and anything else you might find in your tummy. This is suitable for ages 5 to 12 years and children must be accompanied by an adult.

To find out more about this event, please go to this gut microbes.

2. Promoting Rare Books & Special Collections
This is a talk on Friday 12th July from 11.00 am till 12 noon. Three library experts will be discussing their experiences in marketing and also about the promotion of rare books:

Gemma Steele will discuss some research she conducted in 2018 on marketing and promotion of special libraries and collections.

Daniel Wee will talk about personal branding in the middle of the age of social media and his experiences in running his site @oldbooklibrarian. This is an Instagram account with over 60,000 followers.

Nicole Kearney will focus on the Biodiversity Heritage Library digitization project, and also about the possibilities for organisations who contribute.

This is part of Melbourne Rare Book Week. You can find out more about this event at this site.

3. Milarri Garden trail
This activity is on daily from 10.00 am till 5.00 pm. This will be held at Milarri Garden, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum, Nicholson Street, Carlton.

You will be able to explore Bunjilaka's beautiful indigenous garden and see all the plants and waterways. These are very significant to the Aboriginal people of south-eastern Australia and they use them in traditional uses.

On this family trail, you will have the chance to explore the sculptures, a cave with indigenous paintings and live animals.

This is a self-guided trail which goes through the Milarri Garden and into the Forest Gallery. At this Gallery, you can experience a forest environment and stop at nine points along the way to learn more about indigenous flora and fauna.

To find out more and make a booking, go to this link.

4. Wild
This exhibition will be on daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm in the Science and Life Gallery.

It is about some amazing animals in a changing world. Our planet is home to an incredible diversity of animal life. 'Wild' shows you over 600 animals in a fantastic vertical display. A lot of these animals have been in the museum's collection for over a century.

You'll see birds, reptiles, mammals and amphibians displayed by biogeographic regions. You can read about each animal on the panoramic boards to see which animals are thriving and which are only just surviving.

See the wildlife of Victoria's unique environments and read what you can do to help them. After that, you could go to the next exhibition of a Malleefowl nest and look underwater at the Murray river's biggest resident, the Murray Cod. Or else you can watch the migration of shorebirds over thousands of kilometres as they move around in their feeding and nesting grounds. There is also Sam the Koala, a symbol of the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, and he is also on permanent display in 'Wild'.

To find out more and make your booking, go to this link.

5. Dinosaur Walk
This will be on daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm at the Science and Life Gallery.

There will be skeletons of 17 prehistoric animals which will parade through the centre of this exhibition:

Ten dinosaurs
Three pterosaurs
One mammal-like reptile
Australian megafauna

You can walk under the tummy beneath the belly of a massive Mamenchisaurus as long as a house. Stand eye-to-eye socket with a curious Amargasaurus while above you, Quetzalcoatlus flies as big as a small aeroplane. See record-breaking megafauna from the Ice Age such as Diprotodon, the world's largest marsupial, and Megalania, Australia's largest lizard.

Animated reconstructions show how these animals lived, fought, reproduced and died millions of years ago. You can touch dinosaur teeth to understand what they ate and feel a thigh bone from a 25-tonne sauropod. Walk around, under and through the skeletons and learn about their lives from the scientists who study them.

To find out more about this event, go to this link.

6. First Peoples
This is an exhibition which is only daily from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Through the voices and languages of the Koorie community, First Peoples tells the story of Aboriginal Victoria from the time of creation to today. This major exhibition celebrates the history, culture, achievements and survival of Victoria's Aboriginal people.

You will be able to meet some members of the community who are aged 8 to 72 years and hear them speak about their identity, community and culture. Enter Bunjil, the wedge-tailed eagle and ancestral spirit site, and hear how he sang the Country, Law and people of the Kulin nation into being. There are 38 different languages in Victoria.

To find out more about this event, go to this link.

7. Eel Feeding
This is on daily at 1.45 pm at the Milarri Garden. You can watch a mass of hungry eels gobble up their lunch!

See the short-finned eels in Milarri Pond get their daily feed and learn about the importance of these fish to Australian Aboriginal people and indeed, our aquatic ecosystems.

You'll learn about the astonishing life cycle of short-finned eels – Theirs is a migration over thousands of kilometres down the east coast of Australia, and back again. You'll also be able to see some of the animals that share the eel pond: animals such as the native silver perch and Macquarie turtles.

To find out more about this event, go to this link.

8. Marine Life
This exhibition is on daily from 10 am to 5 pm. At this exhibition, there are fabulous photos, underwater footage and rare specimens. The museum scientists show you the wonderful life of marine Victoria. There will be animals that slink about the sand plains of Port Philip Bay, and the thick colonies and corals of the sponge gardens. You will be able to see what lives among the kelp forests of the rocky reefs and the calm waters of the seagrass meadows and so much more.

If you look a little further, the exhibition takes you down into the deep sea—the most common habitat on Earth. The darkness here houses different lifeforms that survive in this extreme environment.

To find out more about this event, go to this link.
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When: from 21st July to 15th September 2019
Where: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053
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