Melbourne Museum's brand new multi-million dollar upgrade to the Children's Gallery is now officially open, and the long wait is absolutely worth it.
The landmark new Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery at Melbourne Museum is filled a kaleidoscope of colour, a tonne of mirrors and sooo much to do!
The area is aimed at children from 0 to 5 years, although Mr.8 has just as much fun as the little folk on the opening day.
The groundbreaking gallery space is over two years in the making. Museums Victoria has worked with over 500 child “consultants” and 100 specialists including early childhood educators, additional needs experts, playground creators and landscape designers to create the ultimate play space for children.
Opening just ahead of the summer school holidays, the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery will no doubt be on every Melbourne family's 'to-do' list, and rightly so. Activities include:
>> The Dinosaur Dig – Children can follow a set of dinosaur footprints to a sandpit outside, where a fully cast Mamenchisaurus skeleton can be excavated by little paleontologists.
>> The Camouflage Disco – where kids can party like they’re under 5! Featuring a mirror wall, light projections and unique site-specific soundscapes created by three contemporary artists
>> Huge net climbing structure – children can clamber their way up to three metres in height. The structure has been created with separate spaces for children of all levels and abilities, ensuring all children can participate and play.
>> Murals by street artist David Booth (aka Ghostpatrol) – these murals will include an interactive shapes wall and showcase Museums Victoria collection objects.
>> Indigenous storytelling – four stunning frog sculptures will allow children to experience the Creation story of Tiddalik, the frog who drank all the water until he is made to laugh, spilling water across the land (or in this case via a beautiful water feature).
>> Museums Victoria collection objects - including an iconic one-third life size model of the Victorian Railway’s first C-class, ‘Consolidation’ steam locomotive built in 1917. Children can enter the new gallery via a special child-size tunnel entrance.
Do yourselves a favour, and head to Melbourne Museum this summer. For a small entry fee for adults, and free entry for children, Melbourne Museum is the place to be in the school holidays.