Besides being home to the largest IMAX theater in the world, which plays documentaries in both 2D and 3D, the Natural History Museum's fauna displays are unique because of Australia's location on the globe; extremely large snakes, reptiles, and several varieties of butterflies are abundant and preserved wonderfully in the huge modern space. A complete skeleton of a Blue Whale (pictured) is a showstopper for all visitors. My favorite exhibition detailed the differences between kangaroos, wallabies, and other marsupials. Not to mention all those colorful butterflies. Of course, no visit is complete without a stop into the Bunjilaka, a space for learning about Victoria’s Koorie (southeastern Aboriginal) people.
The Museum and the shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except major holidays.
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The First People
The Melbourne Museum has just opened a permanent exhibition called First People. It is done really well and gives us some insight in the Aborigine life in Australia. It is worth seeing.
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Set in the beautiful Carlton Gardens, the Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria through its natural and cultural history. The wonderful permanent collection is housed in eight galleries—including one just for children—with highlights such as a complete blue whale skeleton and a living rain forest. While you’re here, tour the adjacent Royal Exhibition Building, a magnificent 19th-century structure that was Australia’s first building to be awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.