A fascinating museum complex situated in the Carlton Gardens, the Melbourne Museum is the largest in Australia, with over 30 different exhibits covering history, culture, science, animals and more. Its most notable galleries include the Bunjilaka, which explores the history of Aboriginal culture in Victoria, the Science and Life Gallery, focusing on insects and spiders, the marine world and Australia's local flora and fauna; and the Children's Museum, housed in a tilted cube, which offers colourful and interactive displays. Opened in 2000, the Melbourne Museum is a showcase of modern exhibition standards, with a three-dimensional Imax theatre screening documentary films and a resourceful public research centre, where visitors can investigate any subject they wish.
Address: 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Telephone: 131102 (Victoria only); 1300 130 152 (Australia-wide)
Transport: Tram 86 or 96 to corner of Nicholson and Gertrude Streets, or City Circle Tram to Victoria Parade
Opening times: Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Admission: A$8 (adults), free admission for children. Concessions are available