What’s on at Museums Victoria these Summer School Holidays

Family luxury at The Langham, Melbourne
January 6, 2018
January 15, 2018

It’s all happening at Museums Victoria these summer school holidays! As well as special school holiday events at each venue, the museums’ feature exhibitions are running related talks, tours and activities during the summer break.

Melbourne Museum

Hello Possums
Daily, 26 December 2017–29 January 2018, 10.30am
Hear a different story every day and touch some of the museum’s special hands-on collection items. Why not head down to Bunjilaka’s Welcome mat before you visit the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery?

Suitable for babies to children up to 5

Tickets: included with museum entry

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Daily, 26 December 2017–29 January 2018, 10am–4.30pm

Ever wondered what happens behind closed doors at Melbourne Museum? Relax and watch a free 15-minute movie about the work of museum staff and how they care for the State’s historic and cultural collections. Meet people with intriguing jobs and find out what’s actually involved in the acquisition, conservation, research, communication and exhibition of our material culture.

Tickets: included with museum entry

Comics and Superheroes

Saturday 6 January, Saturday 13 January & Saturday 20 January

There are two sessions each day: 11am–noon for 5 to 10-year-olds & 1–3pm for 12 to 16-year-olds In celebration of the First Peoples Marramb-ik exhibition in the Birrarung Gallery, join us and comic artist Michael Camilleri and spend the day learning the skills to create your own comic strip about a superhero that you love. Have the opportunity to explore the First Peoples Marramb-ik exhibition with a guide. Hear about some heroes and talk about your heroes. Discover how to create a comic strip about your very own hero and then create your own comic.


Adult / Concession / Child $40

Museum Member $30

Patrol The Abyss

Daily, 15 January–21 January, 11am–3pm

Imagine fluorescent krill in their hundreds of thousands swimming in front of Melbourne Museum’s pygmy blue whale skeleton. David Booth, aka Ghostpatrol, will entice you to create this flotilla of whale food, which will shine in all lights. You may recognise Ghostpatrol from his amazing drawings in the Pauline Gandel Children’s Museum. He has an international reputation for his prolific works including sketches, ceramics, murals and paintings. Join us for krill and light and drawing and fun.

Tickets: included with museum entry

Bunjil’s Gliders

Daily, 26 December 2017–14 January 2018 & 22–29 January (not running between 15 -21 January), 11am–3pm

Japanese origami meets Indigenous design. Bunjil the Eagle is the local Indigenous creator spirit. Decorate a Bunjil Eagle glider inspired by the designs of Victoria’s First Peoples and then create folds to make it glide through the air. How far can you make your Bunjil glider fly?


Superhero Science

Daily, 26 December 2017–29 January 2018, 1–3pm

Supergirl can fly, Susan Storm can become invisible, and Spiderman shoots lines of webbing from his wrists. What superpower would you want? Discover how heroes become so super and learn some superhero science with this hands-on activity.

Tickets: included with museum entry

Boom! Bap! How?

Daily, 26 December 2017–29 January 2018, noon
Have you ever wished for super strength or invisibility? Come and check out some cool super-power demonstrations and discover how you might be more superhuman than you realised in this 20-minute live show.

Tickets: included with museum entry 

Immigration Museum

Summer Games in the Courtyard
Daily, 26 December 2017–29 January 2018

Hop, skip and jump through the summer holidays with fun and games at the Immigration Museum. Get back to basics and bring along your friends and family to play indoor and outdoor games from yesteryear and today. Play old favourites such as hopscotch and quoits or challenge your friends and family to a chess tournament. Tackle the lost art of cat’s cradle, clapping games, rhymes and riddles or get your body moving with Hula Hoops, skipping ropes and elastics. Bring along the whole family, as you’ll be sure to learn a thing or two from every generation.

Tickets: included with museum entry

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