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What Is the Melbourne Museum?

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The Melbourne Museum is a popular tourist attraction in the city of Melbourne, in the Victoria region of Australia. It was opened in 1854, and includes exhibits that focus on the history, people, and environment of the local region. The Melbourne Museum is the largest museum south of the equator, and contains more than eight galleries dedicated to things like natural science, the human body, and Australian history.

More than one million people each year visit the Melbourne Museum, which is situated among a series of historic structures. It sits in Carlton Gardens, next door to the Royal Exhibit Building. This building dates back to the 19th century, and served as an exhibit hall for a well-attended international exhibition. Visitors to the Melbourne Museum can also tour the Royal Exhibit Building to explore its classical architecture and historic artifacts.

Seven major galleries at the Melbourne Museum are used to house the museum's permanent collections. One of the most popular of these is the Science and Life Gallery, which is home to dinosaur skeletons and other prehistoric life forms. The Melbourne gallery celebrates local history, and is home to Phar Lap, a champion race horse from Australia. Other galleries are dedicated to the human body, the Australian Aboriginole people, and the history of the Pacific Island culture.

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Families may wish to explore the Children's Gallery, which features exhibits designed for children younger than eight. Many of these exhibits are interactive, which helps to draw children in. The Children's Garden within this gallery includes playground equipment in a covered pavilion. Another popular family area is the Victorian Forest, which consists of a living recreation of the mountainous forests found in the Victoria region.

In addition to the major exhibit galleries, guests can view films at documentaries at the museum's IMAX® theater. This facility features a screen that extends more than eight stories high, with many films available in 3-D. A separate touring hall houses a series of temporary exhibits, which in the past have included everything from Egyptian mummies to exhibitions on space exploration.

Visitors to the museum must purchase tickets, though children under the age of 16 can enter for free. The Melbourne Museum shop features standard museum shop gear, as well as a section dedicated to local crafts and other regional merchandise. At the building's Discovery Center, members of the public can conduct research into local history or genealogy. Adults and children can also take part in numerous education and life enrichment programs offered throughout the year.

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matthewc23
Post 4
@Izzy78 - I would have to say that I believe they do, but one thing I will say. I guarantee that this building receives a lot of funding from the Australian government, considering all the renovations it has had over the years and the extensive reboots to their exhibits they have had.

That being said I have to ask if there are any other museums, such as this one, that I could visit on my trip to Australia?

I do not particularly like to simply go to museums that have one theme, and I like to visit museums that appeal to a variety of interests so as to broaden my knowledge.

Izzy78
Post 3

I have to say I have never been to this particular museum, but it says in the article that the museum dates back well into the 19th century and I find this to be a bit surprising.

Usually buildings for museums are demolished and rebuilt in order to keep up with the times and be able to bring in new resources in order to utilize.

I am wondering if this museum is labeled as an historical building itself and if they simply would rather renovate it in order to preserve the history of the building itself?

TreeMan
Post 2

@cardsfan27 - Right you are. I have always like this museum and have especially enjoyed how they have always been willing to grow and expand over the years in order to keep their exhibits fresh and appealing to the visitors to the museum.

What I like is that they added an IMAX theater. This right here shows to me that they are very serious about what they are doing in continuing to grow and expand their area of education in order to appeal to everyone in such a way that it will keep up with the times and be able to give them a multi-dimensional view of exactly what they are being educated on.

I like to visit this museum every time I am in Melbourne and I look forward to it on every one of my trips down under.

cardsfan27
Post 1

It seems to me like this Melbourne museum is a museum that is set to appeal to all ages and be able to educate a wide variety of people.

Too many times do I see museums that are simply aimed at one group of people. Art museums are fine and all, but there is little there that is going to appeal to kids and educate them on exactly what they are looking at.

The Melbourne museum seems like a place that a group of adults could go to, a bus load of school children, or an elderly could could go to in order to educate themselves on what they are seeing.

I have to say that this museum seems very appealing to me and I may have to check it out next time I visit Australia.

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