Melbourne Museum is exciting, innovative and fun. It has permanent and touring exhibitions, performances and events, an IMAX theatre, cafés and a gift shop. It's a very hands-on place with a mini-museum on the ground floor for children.
See how plants, animals, minerals and humans grow. Explore the workings of the human body and mind. The micro world of bugs is brought into the human dimension and there are live bug demonstrations, models, oversized models and lots of chirping and buzzing.
It's fun to explore the processes and mechanisms of evolution. Darwin to DNA covers three themes: the historical background to the discovery of evolution, the underlying genetic mechanisms required for evolution to occur and how our understanding of the evolution of humans and other organisms has changed through the study of DNA.
By far the most popular exhibit is about Phar Lap, Australia's wonder horse. He triumphed during the Great Depression when the Australian people were most in need of a hero.
Phar Lap conquered the racing scene with 36 wins from his last 41 starts. In 1932 he won North America's richest race, the Agua Caliente Handicap. Just two weeks later he was stuck down by a mystery illness and died. Many suspected it was the work of gangsters.
A seven-minute compilation of early newsreels shows what a media personality Phar Lap was.
Every item in the display is from the period when he ran and most have a direct link to him and his handlers.