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BEST MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES

Holidays with Kids 2018

 

1Melbourne Museum

Carlton, VIC

 

Surrounded by the beautifully manicured Carlton Gardens, this museum is an easy hop, skip and jump from Melbourne’s CBD and makes for a fun and educational day for the whole family. Learn all about evolution and wow your kids with the enormous blue whale skeleton. Visit during the school holidays for special scheduled activities like story times and arts and crafts, or check out the Museum Playdates, offering weekly activities in term intervals. And watch out for great touring exhibitions in addition to its colossal range of permanent displays.

 
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2Powerhouse Museum

Ultimo, NSW

 

In a prime position behind Darling Harbour and Central Station, this iconic hands-on museum houses exhibitions ranging from a historic step back in time to the Steam Revolution, through to fashion and decorative arts, all the way to the future with space and technology exhibits, with more than 400,000 artefacts waiting to be discovered. Little ones aren’t forgotten either with the Wiggles Exhibition, where they can play with the Wiggles and their friends, Dorothy the Dinosaur and Captain Feathersword. Extra-fun activities are scheduled during school holiday periods.

 
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3Questacon

Canberra, ACT

 

If your family hasn’t yet visited the legendary mindbending galleries of Questacon, what are you waiting for? With more than 200 interactive exhibits waiting to be explored across eight exciting galleries, not to mention thrilling science shows that cover topics from Liquid Nitrogen to the science of Mummification, this is one not-to-be-missed attraction for families. Be sure to see the world in a whole new way at the Colour exhibit, hit the kids’ trails and slide in to the fun of Excite@Q on the big-drop slide.

 
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=4Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

South Brisbane, QLD

 

Full of 17,000 pieces of historical, modern and contemporary art, and located just south of Brisbane, this museum has something for everyone. Kids will love the GOMA’s art centre, where they can watch, make and play. Different educational activities and programs are on all the time, and there is the yummy cafe bistro where you can grab a bite after a big day of learning and fun.

 
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=4Australian Museum

Sydney, NSW

 

This internationally recognised museum sits in the heart of Sydney and is one of the oldest in Australia. It has an estimated total of 21 million artifacts of natural history and anthropology and holds temporary exhibitions on different topics. Kidspace for under-fives is a permanent fixture, where littlies can explore nature and culture through interactive pods and educational activities.

 
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5Queensland Museum & Science Centre

South Brisbane, QLD

 

For over 150 years, the Queensland Museum & and Science Centre has been collecting, discovering and sharing the state’s natural and cultural heritage through a million items and specimens. A dedicated section for families has daily and seasonal activities where kids can learn about Australia’s native animals and listen to stories of the past. General admission is free with some exhibitions and events costing extra.

 
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6National Gallery of Victoria

Melbourne, VIC

 

The NGV in St Kilda is a gallery with 70,000 pieces of all types, with everything from Asian and Australian art to photography and fashion and textiles. Live shows and workshops for kids are available in school-holiday periods and in the term, with fun interactive exhibitions circulating keeping it fresh and new. NGV is also connected with The Ian Potter Centre in the CBD, which has multiple displays of Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from hundreds of years ago and the present day.

 
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=7ArtVo

Docklands, VIC

 

Welcome to Australia’s first immersive ‘trick art’ gallery, where families can expect 1,900 square metres of optical illusions and larger-than-life murals in over 11 themed zones. Visitors are encouraged to touch and interact with the artworks, photographing themselves and becoming part of the art. Kids will love the 3D artworks in the Jungle Safari zone or learning about ancient Egypt in the Pharaoh’s Treasures.

 
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=7Museum of Contemporary Arts Australia

Sydney, NSW

 

Touted as Australia’s home to contemporary art, this gallery has a ‘what’s on’ list so extensive that you’ll need to use the Pomodoro Technique to get through it. With free entry, it’s the perfect stop for families exploring Sydney’s Circular Quay area; don’t miss miss programs such as Art Baby, Art Safari and ARTplay, all designed to bring out the creativity in little ones. Local goobers even have the chance to shape these programmes in the Kids Committee, where the MCA consults with families to help develop exciting kids’ and family activities.

 
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8Scienceworks

Melbourne, VIC

 

A safe place where young people can play with science, expect a packed weekend itinerary and even more so during school holidays at this zany world of all things science. Catch a bunch of permanent and temporary exhibitions; Museum of the Moon, a seven-metre-diameter spherical sculpture with large-scale NASA imagery of the lunar surface, is sure to be a hit, running until April 2019. The resident kids’ program also has a variety of events getting little scientists hands-on with STEM-related activities.

 
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9Museum of Brisbane

Brisbane, QLD

 

With exhibits exploring contemporary and historic Brisbane, the Museum of Brisbane has something for all families. Discover Brisbane like never before with the special birds’-eye view from the top of the Clock Tower, and learn about the history and myths behind the creation of the 90-year-old City Hall. For families in particular, Museum of Brisbane has a spectacular kids’ program. With different events on every day, such as crafts and tours, it’s definitely worth checking out the ‘What’s On’ section of the website.

 
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10Australian War Memorial

Canberra, ACT

 

Just minutes from Canberra’s city centre, the national memorial was opened in 1941 and is widely regarded as one of the most significant memorials of its type in the world. The memorial is accompanied by an extensive national military museum, which houses permanent exhibitions such as the First World War gallery and the Second World War gallery. Don’t miss The Discovery Zone, a dedicated interactive educational space, and make the most of your visit with a volunteer-run tour.

 
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