Melbourne Museum#9 in Best Things To Do in Melbourne
This is Melbourne's natural and cultural history museum, and there are all sorts of wonders to peer at, including several dinosaur skeletons and the preserved Phar Lap – Australia's late famous racehorse. Other must-see exhibits include a collection of Aboriginal artifacts and "Sam the Koala," an exhibit that focuses on the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009.
While some recent travelers enjoyed the museum, others noted that some exhibits lack information and did not justify their high admissions fees. Most agreed, though, that this attraction is great for kids.
Standard adult tickets for the Melbourne Museum cost AU$14 ($11), and children 16 and younger get in for free. An additional AU$4 ($3) processing fee applies for adult tickets purchased online. For access to temporary exhibits and behind-the-scenes tours, visitors will need to purchase special tickets, which cost extra. All entrance fees include participation in a Highlights Tour (offered daily at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.), plus access to restrooms, a gift shop, a cafe and an outdoor playground. Admissions rates do not cover parking in the on-site garage or movies watched at the property's Imax theater.
To get to the Melbourne Museum without a car, travelers can take the City Circle Tram from downtown. Multiple bus routes also have stops near the property. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Christmas Day and Good Friday. For more information, visit the museum's website.
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#1 Shrine of Remembrance
To commemorate the 19,000 Victorians killed during World War I, the city of Melbourne built the Shrine of Remembrance in 1924. The monument, which was inspired by famous Greek sights like the Parthenon and the Acropolis, features several memorials, including the bronze Gallipoli Memorial, The Forecourt (a World War II memorial that houses the Eternal Flame) and the Remembrance Garden (where fallen soldiers from post-World War II conflicts are honored). Several military-themed exhibits are also available inside the shrine.
According to many recent travelers, the Shrine of Remembrance is one of Melbourne's best attractions. Though a sobering experience, you'll walk away with a greater understanding and appreciation of Australia's participation in major conflicts. Past visitors recommended joining one of the free property tours, which are offered daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and last about an hour. And for incredible views of the grounds and the Melbourne skyline, check out the second-floor balcony.
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