Published on June 28th, 2024 | by Adrian Gunning


Victoria the T. rex is now open at Melbourne Museum with a complementary suite of dino-mite educational programs, activities and events for curious kids and their fossil-loving families from Saturday 28 June to Sunday 20 October 2024.

With 199 bones, spanning more than 12 metres long and towering over us at 3.6 metres tall, the fossil Victoria is one of the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimens in the world, and the first to be shown in Victoria. Little and big kids alike will be awe-inspired by the interactive and hands-on exhibition that invites visitors to travel back in time 66 million years into Victoria’s Cretaceous world.

Dinosaurs are a great way to teach kids about science, nature, and the world. Young minds will relish in discovering how a T. rex may have experienced smell and sight through multisensory installations; creating a customised and scientifically accurate 3D T. rex, and wandering through Victoria’s landscape in immersive digital landscapes and dioramas.

Melbourne Museum invites families to celebrate the arrival of Victoria the T. rex with the Opening Weekend Dinosaur Party on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June including a dino disco, fossil pop-ups, scavenger hunts and T. rex talks for kids, as part of the inaugural Playbound festival. Taking over the City of Melbourne this winter school holidays, Playbound is presented in partnership with Museums Victoria and includes free, affordable and fun-filled events incorporating play-based learning for kids aged 0 –12 and their families.

To cap off your family’s visit to Melbourne Museum, don’t miss the new IMAX-exclusive film T.REX 3D on the giant screen, featuring Melbourne Museum’s very own Horridus the Triceratops! Narrated by Sam Neill, the film is the most spectacular T. rex documentary ever made and sets up a climactic battle between the two prehistoric giants in epic IMAX 3D.

Those hungry for more can head to the Dino Bites diner for American-style burgers, fresh salads, creamy soft serves and tasty ‘Happy Bites’ kids’ lunch boxes. Dino Bites also boasts a 2.5 metre T. rex skull, perfect for photo mementos of your visit, while Museums Victoria Store’s newest collection Home of Dinos celebrates all things prehistoric! Designed in-house and featuring your favourite Museums Victoria dinosaurs, the playful Home of Dinos collection includes apparel, toys, prints, stationery gifts and more.

Victoria’s momentous arrival makes Melbourne Museum the only place on Earth where visitors can see not one, but two of the world’s finest examples of Cretaceous giants under one roof, with Victoria the T. rex and one of the world’s most complete Triceratops fossils, Horridus, in Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs. Continue the adventure of Melbourne Museum’s prehistoric offering with Dinosaur Walk and the outdoor palaeontological gallery Gandal Gondwana Garden.

For further information visit the Melbourne Museum website.

Victoria the T. rex
Open: 28 June – 20 October 2024
Location: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street Carlton
Tickets: Tickets on sale now at Melbourne Museum and online
Members: $14 | Adults $32.50 | Children $18 | Concession $22.50 | Children under 3: Free
Tickets include general admission to Melbourne Museum featuring Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs

Victoria the T. rex programming and events included in Playbound Festival

Victoria the T. rex Opening Weekend Dinosaur Party 
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June | Free with Melbourne Museum entry
Celebrate the opening of Victoria the T. rex with a dino party for families that includes a dino disco T. rex mask making, 100 Tiny Dinosaurs scavenger hunt and T. rex talks for kids.

  1. rex Masks
    Saturday 29 June – Friday 12 July (excluding Sunday 7 July) | Free with Melbourne Museum entry
    Based on the overwhelmingly popular Triceratops mask, now it’s time to make a T. rex mask! Get ready to see everyone chomping, roaring and stomping across the Museum!

100 Tiny Dinosaurs Scavenger Hunt and Competition
Saturday 29 June – Friday 12 July and ongoing until Sunday 6 October| Free with Melbourne Museum entry
Tiny dinosaurs have escaped on their way to see Victoria the T. rex and are hiding from our staff. Where, oh where could they be? Join the prehistoric search and help us find out.

Tiny Tours 
Every Friday until July 26 | Bookings essential, $15 – $22
Tours for young explorers ready for big discoveries. This is a 45-minute guided tour for three-to five-year-olds with a learning expert exploring Melbourne Museum galleries 600 Million Years: Victoria Evolves, Dinosaur Walk, Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs.

About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

Back to Top ↑
  • Quick Navigation

  • Advertisement

  • Latest Posts

  • First Look

  • Join us on Facebook