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5 Of The Best Family Museums in Melbourne to Check Out 

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Looking for things to do with the family in Melbourne? If so, your search is over. The city is blessed with loads of amazing museums where you can spend quality time with your loved ones. These family-friendly museums are perfect for exploring together as a group. They not only introduce you and your kids to various cultures and traditions but also teach them about wildlife, science, art and more in a fun way.

Let’s take a look at the 5 best museums for families in Melbourne:

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Melbourne Museum

The Melbourne Museum is a popular destination for families travelling with kids. It’s also one of the best family museums in Melbourne as well as Australia. This award-winning museum is home to over 400,000 pieces of art and artifacts, making it the largest museum in the city. Kids will love the hands-on approach to learning at this museum, making it a great choice for families travelling with children.

The museum is split into various areas, including a science lab, a gallery featuring items from the natural world, an exhibition that explores the First Nations culture and a “creative zone” where you can let your imagination run wild and make your own art. The best part about visiting this museum is that it’s open all year round, so even during the winter months, you and your family can explore!

The Footprints Walk-in Wardrobe is a cute and quirky exhibition featuring over 400 garments and accessories that were once worn by celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. It’s an interactive exhibition that will teach your children about fashion, the history of clothing, celebrity and the entertainment industry. This exhibition is open every day from 10am to 5pm, so you can visit it at any time during your trip to Melbourne.

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is a must-visit family museum in Melbourne. This contemporary and interactive museum is designed to educate and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the moving image. ACMI is one of the largest museums of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, housing over 150 interactive exhibitions, cinemas, galleries, theatres and cinemas.

The exhibitions at ACMI are designed to educate and inspire both young and old. This makes it the perfect museum for families travelling with kids. You can spend a full day exploring the exhibitions at ACMI. Your family will learn about film and TV history, animation, art, music and much more!

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Melbourne Planeterium

The Melbourne Planeterium is home to one of only 50 planetariums in the world. Built in 1967 and inspired by the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, it’s an architectural gem. The public can now access this historic building as part of a new initiative called Open House. Australia’s love for small performance spaces and hidden secrets has resulted in this unique space being re-opened to the public after nearly 40 years locked up and hidden away.

Since opening its doors again, many private functions have been held there that are not open to the general public. However, with its opening to the public on Open House Day, visitors will be able to tour the inside of one of Melbourne’s most beautiful buildings… And it just so happens to be located right next door to our virtual tour of the Royal Exhibition Building!

science works


Scienceworks is a hands-on, interactive museum for children ages five to twelve in Melbourne, Australia. The exhibits and activities at Scienceworks encourage kids to ask questions about the world around them and explore the answers through science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

As of this writing, there are nine permanent exhibits at Scienceworks as well as an outdoor learning area where children can explore nature and experiment with natural materials. Admission to the museum is free with limited hours on select days.

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Royal Society of Victoria Museum

The Royal Society of Victoria Museum is one of the best family museums in Melbourne. This interactive exhibition is home to over 2,700 Victorian artefacts that date back to the 1830s. The exhibition is housed within the historic Royal Society Building and is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. This exhibition is perfect for families with children of all ages. It’s great for history buffs and those who want to learn more about Victorian culture, customs and traditions. Kids can explore the various rooms within the exhibition and learn about Victorian life. They can even try their hand at Victorian cooking and baking!

The best family museums in Melbourne are great places to explore with your loved ones during the winter months. They are the perfect way to get out of the house and learn more about various cultures and traditions. Your kids will also have a ton of fun and make memories they will never forget! If you are travelling to Melbourne with kids, make sure to include these museums in your itinerary. You won’t regret it!

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Ashley Pugh

Ashley Pugh is one of the Co-Founders of and has been committed to writing family related content since 2008. There isn't much about family attractions that Ashley doesn't know, after visiting hundreds of them worldwide over the last 20 years.

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