The best museums in Melbourne in February 2023

These are the top 50 best museums in Melbourne, Australia, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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These are the best museums in Melbourne:

  1. Online discount!Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium1

    Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

    Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is a Southern Ocean and Antarctic aquarium in central Melbourne , Australia . It is located on the banks of the Yarra River beside and under the Flinders Street Viaduct and the King Street Bridge . The attraction is a Sea Life Centre owned by Merlin Entertainments .
  2. Old Melbourne Gaol2

    Old Melbourne Gaol

    This former prison was the place where the most dangerous criminals were held and also executed. It is now preserved as a museum dedicated to its murky history. There are many personal things of the convicted criminals on display as well as the death mask of the notorious criminal Ned Kelly.
  3. Melbourne Town Hall3

    Melbourne Town Hall

    Apart from being a building of great historical value and beauty, the town hall also holds notable theatre plays and exhibitions. Take a free guided tour of the building and learn more about its social and political significance.
  4. Melbourne Zoo4

    Melbourne Zoo

    Melbourne Zoo is a zoo in Melbourne, Australia . It is located within Royal Park in Parkville , approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north of the centre of Melbourne . It is the primary zoo serving Melbourne. The zoo contains more than 320 animal species from Australia and around the world, and is a
  5. Melbourne Museum5

    Melbourne Museum

    The Melbourne Museum is a natural and cultural history museum located in the Carlton Gardens in Melbourne , Australia . Located adjacent to the Royal Exhibition Building , the museum was opened in 2000 as a project of the Government of Victoria , on behalf of Museums Victoria which administers the v
  6. Immigration Museum6

    Immigration Museum

    This museum tells the story of Australian immigration and explores related problems - very captivating. Its building is notable itself. Immigration Museum offers a free Multilingual Tour App which you can download to your device.
  7. Scienceworks7


    Scienceworks is a science museum in Melbourne , Australia . It is a venue of Museums Victoria which administers the cultural and scientific collections of the State of Victoria. It is located in the suburb of Spotswood . Opened on 28 March 1992, Scienceworks is housed in a purpose-built building "st
  8. Polly Woodside8

    Polly Woodside

    The former Melbourne Maritime Museum , now, the Polly Woodside tall ship and museum , managed by the National Trust of Australia , is situated in South Wharf on the Yarra River in the city of Melbourne , Victoria , Australia . It is home to the barque Polly Woodside , the now restored cargo vessel
  9. Australian Centre For the Moving Image9

    Australian Centre For the Moving Image

    ACMI , formerly the Australian Centre for the Moving Image , is Australia's national museum of film, television, videogames , and art. ACMI was established in 2002 and is based at Federation Square in Melbourne , Victoria. During the 2014-15 financial year, 1.3 million people visited ACMI, the secon
  10. Chinese Museum10

    Chinese Museum

    The Chinese Museum or Museum of Chinese Australian History is an Australian history museum located in Melbourne's Chinatown , which is dedicated to documenting, preserving and displaying the history, heritage and culture of Australia’s Chinese community. The museum was established in 1985 with a cha
  11. Australian Sports Museum11

    Australian Sports Museum

    The Australian Sports Museum (formerly the National Sports Museum ) is a museum dedicated to Australian sport and is located within the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne , Australia . There are exhibits for sports such as cricket , Australian rules football , the Summer and Winter Olympic Games
  12. Moorabbin Air Museum12

    Moorabbin Air Museum

    The Moorabbin Air Museum is an aviation museum at Moorabbin Airport in Melbourne , Victoria , Australia . It was founded in 1962 as the Australian Aircraft Restoration Group , in an attempt to maintain a World War II -era Bristol Beaufighter aircraft. It has since become a museum, with a large aircr
  13. Raaf Museum13

    Raaf Museum

    RAAF Museum is the official museum of the Royal Australian Air Force , the second oldest air force in the world, located at RAAF Williams Point Cook , Victoria , Australia which is the oldest continuously operating Military Air Base in the world. The museum displays aircraft of significance to the
  14. Hmas Castlemaine14

    Hmas Castlemaine

    HMAS Castlemaine (J244/M244/A248) , named for the city of Castlemaine, Victoria , was one of 60 Bathurst -class corvettes constructed during World War II, and one of 36 initially crewed and commissioned solely by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Launched in 1941 and commissioned in 1942, Castlemain
  15. Victoria Police Museum15

    Victoria Police Museum

    Police not as you know it. This museum shows the interesting and unknown sides of police work in an entertaining way.
  16. Australian Racing Museum16

    Australian Racing Museum

    The Australian Racing Museum is a horse racing museum in Melbourne , Australia , dedicated to Thoroughbred horses , jockeys and trainers. It was first set up at Caulfield Racecourse in 1981 and closed on 30 August 2003. It then moved to Federation Square on Flinders Street . In October 2010 the muse
  17. The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia17

    The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

  18. Hellenic Museum18

    Hellenic Museum

  19. Fox Classic Car Collection19

    Fox Classic Car Collection

  20. Heide Museum of Modern Art20

    Heide Museum of Modern Art

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    The National Opal Collection

    This collection of gemstone so typical for Australia has won many awards. Interesting exhibition about its origin.
  22. Newport Railway Museum22

    Newport Railway Museum

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    George Pentland Botanical Gardens

  24. Koorie Heritage Trust24

    Koorie Heritage Trust

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    Footscray Community Arts

    This centre is dedicated to contemporary art in every possible form. It reflects the multiculturality of the community.
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    Healesville Sanctuary

  27. Islamic Museum of Australia27

    Islamic Museum of Australia

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    Flemington Heritage Centre

    This centre explains the significance of Flemington cup and related events with a showcase of artefacts. Interesting for sport fans.
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    Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History

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    Bluestone Cottage Museum

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    ANZ Banking Museum

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    Alma Doepel

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    Emerald Museum and Nobelius Heritage Park

  34. Grainger Museum34

    Grainger Museum

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    Museo Italiano

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    Royal Australian Corps of Signals Museum

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    Medical History Museum

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    Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology

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    The Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum

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    Monash University Museum of Art

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    Rmit University Design Museum

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    Andrew Ross Museum

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    Monash Gallery of Art

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    Waverley Historical Society

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    Mordialloc and District Historical Society Inc.

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    Villa Alba Museum

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    The Pumping Station - Scienceworks

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    St John Museum

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    Mornington and District Historical Society Inc.

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    The Atrium


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