This summer, look no further than Museums Victoria as Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and Immigration Museum offers a vibrant and exciting range of events, programs and exhibitions for all ages. 

Featuring live music from Melbourne Music Week – Extended, comedy performances from Melbourne International Comedy Festival, outdoor films from IMAX Melbourne, a new lightning room show at Scienceworks, new exhibitions exploring identity, community and belonging at Immigration Museum and so much more. 

WORLDS Immersive Digital Showcase in Learning Lab at Melbourne Museum | Source – Museums Victoria

Melbourne Museum Summer Sessions x Plaza Series

Thursday 7 January – Sunday 24 January
Melbourne Museum, IMAX Melbourne, Melbourne Music Week — Extended and Melbourne International Comedy Festival have teamed up to present Melbourne Museum Summer Sessions. Across 12 summer nights in January 2021 the Melbourne Museum Plaza, located between the museum and the World Heritage Listed Royal Exhibition Building, will host a colossal line up of must-see outdoor evening entertainment for all ages with more than 120 local musicians and comedians performing live. Celebrate summer in the city, the return of live music and comedy as well as cult and family cinema classics.

For the full program, visit the Melbourne Museum Summer Sessions x Plaza Series website here.

Comedy and Movie Sessions 

Thursdays 6pm-10pm | Sundays 5pm-9pm
Tickets: $8-15

Melbourne Music Week — Extended Sessions

Friday and Saturday nights 6pm-10pm. 18+ events.
Tickets: $18–$20, Pre-bookings essential. 

WORLDS Immersive digital showcase  

Commencing Friday 11 January 
Art and science collide in a visual and sound spectacular! A five-minute immersive cinematic experience that takes viewers on a journey from the origin of the universe, the building blocks of nature, the patterns and connections that bind us and the natural world. WORLDS Immersive is an experience based on the forthcoming ABC arts documentary series WORLDS, which is supported by Screen Australia, the ABC and Film Victoria. 

Included with museum entry.

Milarri Summer holiday program 

Sunday 3 January  – Tuesday 25 January
Celebrate and learn more about Victorian First Peoples’ cultures, histories and connection to country.  Adventure through the Forest Gallery, walk the Milarri Garden Trail and discover indigenous plants, immerse yourself in the Learning Lab with the award-winning River Connections and Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre’s new exhibition Gung | create, make, do, love

Family (4 tickets): $20–$25 
Adult tickets: $6–$8 
Additional child ticket: $5 
Timed sessions apply. Book tickets here

100 Tiny Dinosaurs 

Until Saturday 23 January
100 dinosaurs have escaped the Mini Mega Model Museum. In this game of Din-O-Seek, Melbourne Museum’s staff need help to locate the missing dinosaurs hiding throughout the museum galleries.    
Link to media kit here.

Included with museum entry.

Gung | create, make, do, love

Gung | create, make, do, love is a stunning new exhibition by Wergaia/ Wemba Wemba artist Kelly Koumalatsos. Kelly’s practice merges traditional Wemba Wemba and Wergaia possum skin cloak making with printmaking in powerful and visually stunning ways.  This exhibition includes a selection of works on paper as well as three-dimensional Victorian-era garments delicately constructed from fur-printed tissue paper; portraits of Kelly’s family and ancestors, symbolising cultural identity and protection. 

Included with museum entry. 
WILD: Animals drawing webinar 

Friday 29 January 2–3pm 
Learn how to draw the favourite animal from theWild: Amazing animals in a changing world exhibition in this webinar that you can do from home. 

Ticket price: $10–$15. Price is per household/ Zoom connection.  
Suitable for ages 6+. Book tickets here


From 1 January 
Screening exclusively at IMAX Melbourne these school holidays, SEA LIONS: LIFE BY A WHISKER 3D is the heart-warming tale of Otto, an Australian Sea Lion pup and the man who has dedicated his life to trying to save her species. Narrated by Sam Neill, this award-winning documentary will take young audiences on a journey from the uninhabited wildness of the Great Australian Bight to the Californian coast, as they encounter giant humpback whales, cunning cuttlefish, great white sharks and more.

Road to Zero 

5 – 23 January | Daily 11am–3pm 
Boost your children’s holiday fun at the TAC’s Road to Zero Education Complex at Melbourne Museum these summer holidays. Road to Zero has free school holiday activities for the whole family – with a special focus on when children can safely move out of booster seats. 

‘Booster tag’ activity suitable for 4 – 11 year olds; ‘Make a TV ad’ activity suitable for 8 –13 year olds. 

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Light, Energy, Action! The Lightning Room Game Show 

Daily: 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Our brand-new show has set the Lightning Room at Scienceworks buzzing!  
Explore all things ENERGY through three rounds of electrifying demonstrations. The show investigates different kinds of energy, including light, sound, electricity, and how they intertwine. We’ll make lightning dance with our ‘singing’ Tesla coils, and show how storing energy can produce explosive results. We’ll also investigate how energy can change. Can you turn electricity into sound? What about sound into light? And what energy secrets can be revealed by a small, obscure crustacean?

Additional to museum entry. 
Price range $0 – $8.

Beyond the Rainbow Holiday Program 

Until 27 January
Brighten up your day and explore the physics and chemistry of colour these holidays. Celebrate and investigate the colours of the rainbow and beyond through live shows and self-guided activities.

Included with museum entry.

Machines and Music-Programming workshop 

Online and Onsite 
Do you enjoy making things and figuring out how they work? We’ll get you ‘thinking with your hands’ as you learn about programming by making a programmable motorised hand. We’ll investigate where programming has come from, how to program your motorised hand, and then have a go at some challenges to make cool beats and rhythms with your creation. We’ll also introduce you to a digital program where you can combine the beats from your motorised hand with a tune of your own making. 

Online workshop: 11 January (ages 8–10) and 13 January (ages 11–13) 9.30am–11am 
Onsite workshop: Tuesday 12 January 10am–12pm (ages 8–10) and 1pm–3pm (ages 11–13) 

Tickets: Member $60, Non-Member $70 (one kit per child) 

Air Playground 

Extended to Sunday 28 February 2021
Did you know that air is a fluid? Or that the oxygen you are breathing formed before our solar system did? When you gasped at that last fun fact you inhaled some of the 11,000 litres of air the average human breathes in per day! Fly out west to Scienceworks this summer for unmissable family fun exploring the beautiful, complex and often surprising science of air.

Suitable for ages 6–12. 
Additional to museum entry. Members $7, Adult/Concession/Child $9.


Daily shows
Recline and let spectacular colour and movement immerse you in our full-dome school holiday screenings of Tilt and Moonbase One.

Additional to museum entry.
Members $6, Adult/Concession/Child $8.

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Becoming You: An incomplete guide at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum | Source – Museums Victoria

Mexican Star Piñata Workshop 

Saturday 23 January 
Celebrate the Christmas and New Year season by creating and decorating a traditional seven-pointed star piñata, with expert maker Flor Labana.  

In Mexico, the original star piñata for Christmas has seven points symbolising the seven capital sins: envy, sloth, gluttony, greed, lust, anger, and pride. The stick used to break the piñata to get to the heavenly riches inside represents love, which destroys all sins.  

To celebrate the end of a year that has called for all our virtues, take a stick to 2020 and smash out some sweet goodness with us!  

During the workshop, Flor will teach you how to make your own glue, how to make papier-mâché and also some secrets to great results when building your piñata from scratch. You will also learn the cultural significance of these fun flying objects. At the end you can take your mini piñata and fill it at home! 

Child + Accompanying Adult – $35 Members: $30  

In Conversation with Dr Moya McFadzean and Zoe Meagher 

Wednesday 27 January 6pm 
Speaking to the newly launched Becoming You: An Incomplete Guide, Senior Curator Dr Moya McFadzean and Experience Developer Zoe Meagher will take audiences through their process of gathering and exhibiting 72 personal stories about the journey of becoming YOU. Hear from these experts as they discuss authenticity, representation, and visitor experiences through the lens of 2020, a most transformational year. 

Tickets: Adult – $15 Concession – $12 Members – $10 

Becoming You: An incomplete guide

It wasn’t just you. Growing up is confusing, difficult to navigate and different for everyone. Becoming You presents 71 Australian coming of age stories by 72 storytellers in all their diversity. These personal experiences traverse landscapes of time, gender, orientation, culture, age, and distance, reflecting Immigration Museum’s commitment to celebrating our shared humanity.

Included with museum entry.

Atong Atem: To be real

As part of PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography, award-winning artist Atong Atem has created a new series of large-scale photographic works for the Immigration Museum. Exploring mythology and fantasy, belonging and truth, Atong Atem continues her exploration of identity, and the ways in which we construct images and stories to understand ourselves and our surroundings.
Link to media kit here.

Free. Ticket required, access to museum galleries not included.

Forget the Stereotypes 

International students in Melbourne
Through film and graphic treatments, visitors will be taken into the lives of four former international students and their lived experiences of home, work, study and leisure as they reflect on their aspirations, challenges, achievements and sorrows.

Included with museum entry. 

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