Museums Victoria will welcome visitors back to Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum and Scienceworks from Friday 25 June. 

The highly anticipated international exhibition from London’s Natural History Museum, Treasures of the Natural World, will open to the public for the first time in Australia at Melbourne Museum after being postponed in 2020. 

Exclusive to Melbourne Museum, visitors will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience over 200 of the biggest, rarest and most fascinating objects from the NHM collections, and to hear the stories behind some of history’s greatest scientific discoveries. 

From Saturday 26 June, Melbourne Museum and Scienceworks’ ever-popular school holiday programs kick start with a vibrant and exciting range of exhibitions, public programs and activities. 

Born or Built? Our Robotic Future, recently opened at Scienceworks, explores the big questions of robotics and artificial intelligence, giving visitors the opportunity to get up close and interact with some of the unique robot personalities from our collection. 

To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2021, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre explores this year’s NAIDOC theme, Heal Country, giving visitors the opportunity to create their own story of caring for Country. 

“We are so pleased to be opening again for the school holidays. Now more than ever, museums play a vital role in restoring a sense of connectedness and of hope in our community, as we make sense of a world that is rapidly changing around us. There’s so much to explore and enjoy at the Museums and we look forward to welcoming visitors once again” CEO & Director Lynley Crosswell said.

Tickets to Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks  and Immigration Museum are now available. Visitor numbers are limited across Museums Victoria venues and bookings are essential. For more information about our museum opening hours, tickets, exhibitions and programming, please visit 

Treasures of the Natural World
Exhibition | Daily | Surcharged 

Some of the world’s biggest, rarest, oldest and most fascinating treasures are landing at Melbourne Museum, all the way from London, for the whole family to enjoy. Journey through the natural world and marvel at the objects that changed the course of scientific history. For the first time in Australia, don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to discover new worlds, and experience the magic of a visit to London’s Natural History Museum right here in Melbourne. Enrich your Treasures visit with MUSEUM ALIVE and see the London’s Natural History Museum come to life in IMAX 3D. Discounted joint tickets available.

Heal Country! – Bunjil’s feathers
NAIDOC Celebrations in the Winter School Holidays 
Activity | Daily Sat 26 June–Sun 11 July, 11AM–3PM | Included with museum entry 

Join us in Bunjilaka these school holidays as we explore and learn from this year’s NAIDOC theme to Heal Country! The health of our land and waterways affects the health of everyone. Create your own story of caring for Country by writing, colouring and decorating on your very own paper Bunjil feather. How can you care for Country? 

Connecting with Nature
Explore the treasures in our environment through digital art 
Workshop | Various sessions | Surcharged 

Find inspiration and tranquility this winter in Melbourne Museum’s Learning Lab. Working together, children and adults engage with Indigenous Victorian plant-life and develop skills in observation and digital art. Drawing on the range of Indigenous plant-life, participants learn about the native flora significant to the First Peoples of south-eastern Australia and are taken through step-by-step instructions on using digital art software to sketch, paint and create their own illustration of this unique native flora. 

Mon–Thu, 28 June–1 July 
Mon–Thu, 5 July–8 July 
Session 1: 10.30AM–12PM 
Session 2: 1.30PM–3.00PM 

Mini Mega Model Museum 
Exhibition | Daily 10am–5pm, closing July 11 | Included with museum entry 

Don’t miss your last chance to visit the Mini Mega Model Museum, where the apples are wax, the Colosseum is small and the models really work! Explore the shifting-scale world of models and miniatures through this quirky and intriguing experience. Why would someone make a giant mosquito, a Colosseum out of cork or a teensy-weensy cow? 

Top Designs 2021 
Exhibition | Daily 10am–5pm, closing July 11 | Included with museum entry 

See 95 works selected by panels of expert educators in each area of study including VCE Media, Product Design and Technology, Systems Engineering, Theatre Studies and Visual Communication Design, as well as VCE VET Creative and Digital Media and Integrated Technologies. This year’s exhibitors provide us a glimpse into the future of design and how aspects of design can be incorporated into many features of our ever-evolving world, including our health, environmental and creative industries. 

Dinosaurs of Antartica 3D at IMAX
Documentary | Daily | Surcharged

Explore a prehistoric world now lost to ice in this epic 3D adventure! From glaciers to Glacialisaurus, this family-friendly documentary brings Antarctica’s dramatic transformation to life with a cast of bizarre, new-to-science dinosaurs and a team of palaeoecologists working to reconstruct Antarctica’s hidden—greener—past. Showing daily these school holidays. Children’s tickets only $10.

See the full Melbourne Museum school holiday program here. 
Buy tickets to Melbourne Museum. 

Born or Built? Our Robotic Future
Exhibition | Daily 10am–4.30pm | Surcharged 

Our recently opened exhibition, Born or Built? Our Robotic Future, is open every day these school holidays! Explore the big questions when it comes to robotics and artificial intelligence and, in the process, try out heaps of fun interactive exhibits, including the opportunity to move a ball with just your mind, test your face-making abilities against a machine and train a robot to complete an obstacle course. 

Plus, you can now visit a robot zoo inside the exhibition! Get to know some of the unique robot personalities from our collection, and interact with them in fun and different ways. We’re also running a Sphero Robot activity for these school holidays only! 

Activity | Daily 11am and 1pm | Free with general entry 

Have you ever heard of an activity where you can learn to code by dancing? We think we might be onto a world first! In this epic presenter-led activity, kids will gain an understanding of how coding sequences work, all while throwing some shapes. Plus, we’ll meet Anne Droid, a very special Museums Victoria robot. 

What the Tech? 
15-minute science show in the Ampitheatre 
Show | Daily 12pm and 2pm | Free with general entry  

Explore how we’re similar or different to machines, with this fun and engaging presenter-led science show that’s perfect for families. 

Lightning Room
Show | Daily 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm | Surcharged 

Lights, Energy, Action! Explore all things energy through three rounds of electrifying demonstrations with this very special lightning room game show. Book your session.

Show | Daily | Surcharged 

11am & 12pm: Tycho to the Moon 
1pm & 2pm: Solar System Odyssey 
3pm: Moonbase ONE 
4pm: Black Holes 

11am & 12pm: Tycho to the Moon 
1pm & 2pm: Solar System Odyssey 
3pm: Moonbase ONE 
4pm: Black Holes 

Sit back, relax and go on the journey of your choice under our epic 16m domed ceiling, with a 7.1 surround sound system and mind-blowing full-dome video projection system. With different shows throughout the day, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Book your session.

Maze and Labyrinth 
Activity | Arena | Free with general entry 

On those sunnier days, why not see if you can conquer the giant grass maze on the Scienceworks arena? You’ll have to decide between twists and turns as you navigate your pathway to the exit, escaping the dead ends along the way! 

Rainbow Hunt 
Activity | Arena | Free with general entry 

Gather your wits about you and go on a hunt for all the colours of the rainbow! We’ve hidden clues throughout the Scienceworks arena for you to explore and collect. Can you discover all of them and find the secret code to unlock the box of treasures? 

See the full Scienceworks School Holiday Program Here. 
Buy Tickets to Scienceworks.