Top 5 Museums in Melbourne

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With all this rain and heavy grey skies hanging over the city, we’ve been thinking of activities indoors. So, this week we’ve chosen five great museums which we love to head in to, partly to avoid the damp weather, but more importantly to watch some inspiring and interesting stuff.

Immigration Museum

What could be so interesting about a museum about immigration? A lot, it turns out. This museum will surprise you in good ways. Hidden away in CBD this place offers some interactive exhibitions that lets you understand Australia’s immigrant history, as well as some of the challenges and stories of immigrants up to this day. Current exhibitions include Leaving Home, where they try to find out what makes a person leave their homeland and travel thousands of miles to another country, and Identity: yours, mine, ours, where you can explore identity – who we are, and who others think we are.

Address
400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9927 2700
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Opening Hours
Open daily / 10am – 5pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Entrance Fee
$10

ACMI

ACMI stands for Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and is, as you probably already guessed/knows all about the world of moving images. In addition to their exhibitions they also hold a whole range of film screenings, live panel forums and workshops where you can get practically involved. They do have quite a hectic calendar with ongoing event, and you’re certain to find at least one exhibit or film that’ll appeal to your taste.

Address
Federation Square/Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 8663 2200
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Opening Hours
Open daily / 9am – late
Galleries / 10am – 5pm

Entrance Fee
Different depending on exhibition. For example Dreamworks costs $22.5 for one adult.

Melbourne Museum

Yeah, it has to be here. The first time I went here me and my hubby got stuck at the mineral exhibit. And no, I’m not in any way interested in minerals normally, but they managed to make it interesting. With interactive exhibitions and displays will give you a new perspective on minerals, dinosaurs or animals. Or anything in between. Make sure you match your trip with a visit to IMAX, their crazy-big-screen movie theatre, and see 3D movies that actually make you feel like you’re there.

Address
11 Nicholson St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053
Phone: 13 11 02
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Opening Hours
Open daily / 10am – 5pm

Entrance Fee

General entry – $10.
General entry and IMAX – from $23

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

That feeling of walking around in darkened corridors, peeping through clear blue waters into the lives of fish, for me it’s so special, I’d almost even call it magical. And spending a couple of hours in the dark of the aquarium always puts me into a tranquil state of mind. Also, SEA Life has gone through a recent refurbishment, with new exhibits like Shipwreck explorer (where you can spot some incredibly dangerous fish) and the Croc Lair, where you can see Melbourne’s very own Saltwater Croc – Pinjarra.

Address
Flinders Street and King Street, Melbourne. It is situated on the Yarra River, opposite Crown Entertainment Complex.
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Opening Hours
Open daily / 9.30am – 6.30pm

Entrance Fee

$34.20 online, $38 for walk-in

Ian Potter Museum of Art

Showcasing art from the early 19th century to today, this museum is home to the University of Melbourne’s collection of artworks and cultural artefacts. The museum holds one diverse art collection with both international indigenous art, classical pieces and archaeological artefacts. Entry is free (yay!) and should you need a break from all that art watching, there’s a popular coffee shop.

If you’re too lazy to head on over to Carlton, make your way to Federation Square and visit The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia which is the world’s first major gallery that is completely dedicated to showcasing Australian art. It comprises of over 20 galleries, so make sure you go there with a full stomach and curious eyes.

Address
800 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3010
(03) 8344 5148
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Opening Hours
Monday / Closed
Tuesday – Friday / 10am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday / 12 noon – 5pm

Entrance Fee
Free


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