The Joy of Museums

Finding Meaning in a Museum

Museums in Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia. The city is located on the large natural bay of Port Phillip and expands into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon mountain ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley.

Melbourne has some great museums which provide a unique sample of Western, Asian and Pacific masterpieces as well as a significant focus on the Australian Aboriginal culture. Below is a list of some of the key Melbourne museums:

Essential Facts about Melbourne:

  • Population:                ~ 4.6 million
  • Established:               1835
  • Location
    465 km (289 mi) from Canberra
    654 km (406 mi) from Adelaide
    713 km (443 mi) from Sydney
    1,374 km (854 mi) from Brisbane
    2,721 km (1,691 mi) from Perth



“Captain Cook discovered Australia looking for the Terra Incognita. History is full of events that happened because of an imaginary tale.” Umberto Eco



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