Exploring Victoria’s Life
One of the main attractions in Victoria Australia is the Melbourne Museum.
Situated in the Carlton Gardens, it was commissioned by the Victorian Government Office of Major Projects on behalf of Museums
Victoria. The museum is a rich response to Melbourne’s urban condition, and provides a place for education, history, culture and society to engage with each other in a contemporary setting. It is now an important part of Melbourne’s soft infrastructure.
The museum has seven main galleries, a Children’s Gallery and a temporary exhibit gallery on three levels, Upper, Ground and Lower Level and was constructed by Baulderstone Hornibrook.
The main permanent exhibits include:
Science and Life Gallery – including a skeleton of a Diprotodon (a giant wombat-like creature), and skeletons of dinosaurs such as:
- Tarbosaurus (Giant meat eater, Tyrannosauridae)
- Mamenchisaurus (Giant Sauropod)
In 2010 an exhibit called ‘600 million years: Victoria evolves opened’, which includes some more prehistoric animals such as:
- and many other prehistoric animals.
- The Science & Life Gallery also contains the exhibitions: ‘Bugs Alive!’, ‘Marine Life: Exploring our seas’, ‘Dinosaur Walk’ and ‘Wild: amazing animals in a changing world’.
- Melbourne Gallery – where the mounted hide of Phar Lap, a race horse that won the Melbourne Cup during the depression era, is exhibited.
- It also features an exhibition about the history of Melbourne from the early 19th century through to present day (called The Melbourne Story).
- Large skeleton of a Pygmy Blue Whale
- Mind and Body Gallery – a gallery regarding the human body. It also features a world first exhibition about the mind called ‘Mind: enter the labyrinth’.
- Evolution Gallery – the upper level features the exhibition ‘Darwin to DNA’.
- Forest Gallery – a living temperate Victorian forest environment, complete with live birds, reptiles, and other fauna
- Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre – including galleries with exhibitions by and about the Aboriginal peoples of Victoria
- Te Pasifika Gallery – an exhibition which highlights the history and watercrafts of Pacific Islanders
- Children’s Gallery – exhibitions aimed at 3 to 8 year olds.