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Discover ACMI with kids.

Discover ACMI with kids.

Are you looking for a museum experience the whole family can enjoy? We have found it right here in Melbourne at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.( ACMI) Located at Federation Square, across the road from the famous Flinders Street Station, ACMI has something […]

Exploring Penangs’ Interactive Museums.

Exploring Penangs’ Interactive Museums.

Looking for adventures to escape the heat in the middle of the day in Penang? There are three great interactive museums in Penang to explore. Two happen to be a few doors from each other and the other 3D Trick museum is just along the […]

Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum

We love visiting the Melbourne Museum. We have been many times and still haven’t seen everything. We tend to pick one or two areas which enables us about 3 hours of exploring.
This term at school Miss P(5) has been learning about our Aboriginal history. It’s a very basic introduction aimed at 5 year olds but extending this through a visit to the museum and family discussions is very important to us.
The First Peoples exhibition is now open at the Bunjilaka Cultural Centre. It’s very hands on for kids.
This shows different tools used to carry things such as water and food. It’s a posting box game and is electronic to let you know ( through sound and voice) if you have guessed correctly. Master W (2) loved this!
The kids can learn how to create a fire by rubbing the sticks/wood together. It lights up too!

Master C (9) went straight to the weapon display as usual and loved learning about the traditional weapons. There is a touch screen behind him that shows the silhouettes of the weapons and pressing on it then gives you a page of information about the weapon.

There is a great video too showing Aborginal people from across Victoria ranging from 8-80. There is a big photo display too which made a big impact on Miss P as she begun to realise being Aboriginal doesn’t just relate to the traditional pictures she has seen in class. She could see that it wasn’t about looks more about history, culture, family and traditions.

Currently there is an exhibition on the Aztecs which we also visited. It’s an extra exhibit so you pay an entry on top of the usual museum price. After visiting I would say it’s best for kids over 8 years old. It’s dark and quiet and not the right space for a running toddler! Master C loved learning about the history of the Aztecs and seeing the ancient relics and learning about sacrifices. You can find out more here.

 

The next space we explored was the rainforest. My kids insist on seeing this area every time. It’s a great space to run and you can be a little louder than inside. It is a huge enclosed area with open roof and a boardwalk throughout it. You can learn all about rainforest animals and trees and bush fires.

Here the kids are using these view finders to look at spiders.
Master C loved going really fast through the dark tunnel!

At the end of the day the kids discussed what they had enjoyed most.

Master C (9) ” I liked the Aboriginal weapon display and the big painting showing daily life of the Aztecs”

Miss P (5) . ” My favourite was the aboriginal part learning about the shields and how Aborginals made them. I got to feel a kangaroo skin and see a rabbit purse”

Master W (2) ” ummm, kangaroo and music sticks”

 

For more details regarding entry costs, parking and location head here.

The Museum is universally accessible. Master C could navigate his way independently using his powerchair. There are accessible bathrooms throughout and lifts available. All areas can be accessed. The rainforest area does have some sandstone gravel but is flat. There are lots of interactive touch screens with voice output too.

The Museum accepts the carer/ companion card which entitles the cardholder a complimentary carer ticket. For example Master C pays for a child ticket and a parent is free.

Concessions card holders and kids have free entry to the museum. Some exhibits ( Aztecs) require a separate ticket.

Parking is $16 underground. There are also some accessible car spots free of charge out the front ( 4 hour limit).

 

 

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