Melbourne Museums Walking Tour, Melbourne (Self Guided)

Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria, in Australia. It is the biggest city on this continent, after Sydney, and dates back to 1835. Melbourne being a center of culture, commerce, education and sport, has many very interesting museums. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most popular museums of Melbourne.
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Guide Name: Melbourne Museums Walking Tour
Guide Location: Australia » Melbourne (See other walking tours in Melbourne)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km
Author: vickyc
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National Sports Museum

1) National Sports Museum (must see)

Sport is like a religion in Australia and at the National Sports Museum you can learn all about the nation’s love affair with sport and some of its greatest athletic triumphs. The museum is located inside the Melbourne Cricket Ground, affectionately known as the MCG. Dedicated to Australian sport, there are displays and exhibitions relating chiefly to Australian football, cricket and the Summer Olympics. Other displays also reflect upon sporting achievements in tennis, netball, rugby union and league, golf, soccer and basketball. Since the Australian Racing Museum was absorbed into the National Sports Museum in 2010, there are also many displays that relate to horse racing.

There are plenty of interactive displays along with important sporting memorabilia, which fascinates kids and adults alike. The museum is located on two levels and has around 2500 pieces on display. Some of the best-known sporting memorabilia on display include the Waterford Crystal Ashes cricket trophy; baggy green caps of several Australian test cricketers and gold medals from several of Australia’s Olympians including Cathy Freeman and Edwin Flack – who was Australia’s first gold medal winner. Interactive displays give visitors the chance to try out their athletic prowess as well as become a sports journalist on the news desk.

Why You Should Visit:
Unashamedly Aussie-biased, this is nevertheless a fascinating collection of memorabilia and displays.

Tip:
You can buy a ticket at Gate 3 where the entrance is (right by the escalators). For a deal/steal, you may purchase this ticket in conjunction with the MCG tour ticket (the tour lasts about 75 minutes).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
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City Museum of Old Treasury

2) City Museum of Old Treasury

Housed in what is widely regarded as one of the finest Gothic Revival 19th century buildings in Australia, the City Museum of Old Treasury is a great place to learn more about the history of the city of Melbourne. The building was completed in 1862 and used as one of the chief governmental buildings for 130 years and initially as a place to store much of Melbourne’s wealth from the gold rush. After completing its governmental role in 1992, the building was restored and opened as the City Museum of Old Treasury in 1994. Today there are several permanent exhibitions as well as temporary and visiting installations.

One of the permanent exhibitions is Victorian Archival Treasures, where you can learn about Ned Kelly, gold miners of the 1850s, indigenous Victorians, famous criminals and the settlement of Melbourne. Built On Gold chronicles the gold rush period of 1852 – 1862 and the exhibition is housed in the building’s former gold vaults. Growing Up In Old Treasury is the story of the Maynard family who lived in the basement of the building in the 1920s when the father was superintendent. It is open from 10am to 4pm Sunday to Friday and it is closed on Saturdays.
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Melbourne Museum

3) Melbourne Museum (must see)

The Melbourne Museum is the largest museum in the southern hemisphere and has seven huge galleries where permanent and touring exhibitions are displayed. There is a vibrant calendar of events and visiting exhibitions planned all throughout the year. Past temporary installations have included Egyptian Mummies and Dinosaurs from China. Permanent exhibitions at the museum include: Dynamic Earth, where gold nuggets, gemstones and other geological wonders are on display; 600 Million Years – How Victoria Evolves; Sam the Koala – the story of the devastating Victorian bushfires and the little koala who survived it; Wild: Amazing Animals in a Changing World; Dinosaur Walk; The Melbourne Story, a look at Melbourne’s anthropological past and future; The Mind: Enter the Labyrinth; The Human Body; CSIRAC – Australia’s First Computer and many others.

On the lower level of the museum is an IMAX theatre where educational documentaries are shown. Make sure you set aside plenty of time to fully explore the museum and everything it has to offer. There is a museum shop and café for visitors to relax in and enjoy light meals. Children have free admission. Some visiting exhibitions may have entry fees.

Why You Should Visit:
To learn about aboriginal history, local history and ecology.
Also, the grounds surrounding the museum are lovely.

Tip:
Free with a student ID, as well as for children under 16.
See museum and IMAX on a combined ticket and save $$.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
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Chinese Museum

4) Chinese Museum (must see)

Melbourne’s Chinese Museum is located in the CBD’s China Town and chronicles the history of Chinese people in Victoria. Many Chinese came to Victoria during the gold rush of the 1850s and sent money back to their villages while panning for gold themselves, running market gardens or shops. Many of these immigrants came from poor areas of Southern China around Canton. At the Chinese Museum, you can learn all about the heritage and history of this significant minority group and their place in broader Australian heritage through the many artefacts, photographs and other memorabilia that is on display.

There are several permanent displays and exhibitions within the museum including: Discovering Melbourne’s Chinatown: Our History and Heritage; Finding Gold, where you get to experience the gold rush through Chinese eyes; Melbourne’s Dragons, see processional dragons going back a century; Bridge of Memories, which charts the social and economic backdrop against which more than 500,000 Chinese have immigrated to Australia over the past 50 years; Chinese Australians, is the history of Chinese-Australians going back to convict times. The Chinese Museum is open daily from 10am to 4pm and is also home to the Chinatown Visitors Centre. Some exhibitions are free and others have an entry fee.

Why You Should Visit:
To see the Chinese contribution to the Australian way of life – you will need a couple of hours to get most out of it – very reasonably priced admission.
Perfectly situated in the heart of Melbourne and close to Chinatown itself.

Tip:
There don't appear to be any regularly scheduled museum tours but they hardly seem needed and with your entry fee you'll get a double-sided sheet of paper with basic info about the museum and how to take yourself on a self-guided tour.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-4pm
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Immigration Museum

5) Immigration Museum (must see)

Australia is one of the world’s most multicultural nations and Melbourne is a proud home to people from all corners of the globe. Located in the Old Customs House, right in the centre of the city, visiting the Immigration Museum is a powerful way to understand who Australians are and where they have come from. There are many permanent exhibitions as well as a fascinating range of visiting and temporary installations. Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours is a permanent exhibition, which explores how our own cultural heritage, language, family and beliefs shape our perceptions of ourselves and others. Immigration Stories and Timeline is an exhibit that highlights where Australians have come from over time. Journeys of a Lifetime explores how no matter who we are or where we have come from that we have all had a journey.

When you visit Getting In, you learn about the stories of the more than 9 million people who have immigrated to Australia since 1788. The Tribute Garden within the museum honours the 90+ nations from where Australia’s immigrants have come.

Why You Should Visit:
Good place to learn a thing or two about a topic not covered by most museums.
The facilities are clean and large and the educational benefits are very ample.
Knowledgeable/patient guides who explain enthusiastically and engage in discussion.

Tip:
Free entry for students of any country or anyone over 60 years of age (bring ID).
Don't miss the mock immigration interviews!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
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Melbourne Maritime Museum

6) Melbourne Maritime Museum

The Melbourne Maritime Museum is home of the Polly Woodside, one of only two original 19th century sailing ships in Australia. The three-mast barque was built in Belfast, Ireland in 1885 and was put to work transporting nitrate, coal and wheat between England and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The Melbourne Maritime Museum is now operated by the National Trust and the site is better known simply as Polly Woodside following renovations and re-opening. It is located at the South Wharf on the Yarra River in an original late 19th century dry dock. In 1904 the Polly Woodside was bought by a New Zealand company and operated between New Zealand and Australia. In 1968 she was sold to the National Trust for restoration for the grand sum of one cent.

When you step aboard the Polly Woodside you will be initiated into the world of 19th century seafaring. When you are not assisting the captain look after his ship, you will learn about the history of the great ship through the interactive displays, videos, photos and artefacts on display. The experience of learning about life as a sailor on board the Polly Woodside is memorable for adults and children alike. The Melbourne Maritime Museum – Polly Woodside is open every day from 9:30am to 5:00pm, closed only on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

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Nightlife Walking Tour of Melbourne

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Children's Walking Tour in Melbourne

Children's Walking Tour in Melbourne

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Landmarks of Melbourne Walking Tour

Landmarks of Melbourne Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Cultural Walking Tour of Melbourne

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Melbourne for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Melbourne has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Melbourne, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.