From the Melbourne Museum to the Immigration Museum, Melbourne (Victoria) has a whole host of museums that are perfect for children.

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Most offer special programmes of free activities for young visitors and for almost all of Melbourne's most child-friendly museums, entry is free or cheap too!

Whether you're looking to soak up some culture at the Melbourne Museum, make it educational with a visit to the Scienceworks, or just want to treat the kids to an entertaining day out in the capital, take your pick of the top family-friendly museums listed below. Most offer impressive School Holiday programs too.

MELBOURNE MUSEUM, Carlton

Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria, from our natural environment to our culture and history.

Located in Carlton Gardens, opposite the historic Royal Exhibition Building, the award-winning Melbourne Museum houses a permanent collection in eight galleries, including one just for children. Hang out at The Children's Gallery - a creative space just for kids.

IMMIGRATION MUSEUM, City

The Immigration Museum explores the stories of real people from all over the world who have migrated to Victoria.

Located in the Old Customs House in the heart of the city, the museum re-creates the real-life stories of coming to Australia with a rich mix of moving images, personal and community voices, memories and memorabilia. From the reasons for making the journey, to the moment of arrival in a new country, and the impact on indigenous communities, these stories are sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but always engaging.

SCIENCEWORKS, Spotswood

One of our very favourite destinations and a must visit for any Victorian child or mini visitor to our state. Scienceworks makes learning about science and technology a fun, interactive adventure.

Located in Spotswood, five kilometres from the Melbourne Central Business District, the museum presents science and technology in unexpected and involving ways. Hands-on participation is positively encouraged and visitors can take part in live demonstrations, shows, guided tours and special activities.

CHINESE MUSEUM, City

Located in the heart of Melbourne's Chinatown, the Chinese Museum's five floors include a Chinatown Visitor Centre, a Dragon Gallery displaying three generations of Chinese dragons, the "Finding Gold" below-ground experience, Australia's 200-year Chinese history told through artefacts as well as the story of recent arrivals from all parts of the Asia Pacific region since the 1950s.

View international and local exhibitions, cultural events and contemporary art shows in the temporary exhibition gallery. Take your kids on a treasure hunt through the Museum or learn about the rich history of the Chinatown on a Heritage Walk.

JEWISH MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA, St Kilda

Their vision embraces and respects cultural diversity and difference and engages people with Jewish culture. The Museum now has an interactive, family-friendly High Holidays exhibition trail that will be available during Museum opening hours. Engage with the Jewish festivals of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot through history and artefacts that are part of their unique collection, currently on display in the permanent exhibitions.

RAAF MUSEUM, Point Cook

We let our transport obsessed toddler loose here. When we found ourselves with a few hours to kill in Point Cook we knew this was the destination of choice. The main building where you enter the museum is full of artefacts related to World War II. The displays are really interesting and thoughtfully set out and the icing on the cake? That would be at the end of the building The most spectacular part of the museum is housed at the end of this building, where real aeroplanes, jets and helicopters have been lovingly restored to their former shining glory and make for a jaw-dropping display. There's also a reasonably priced gift shop so the kids have a keepsake for that drive home.

**Update**

Tarmac issues at the Museum will be resolved early in the new year and it is expected that the Museum Interactive Flying Displays and the Maintenance/Restoration viewing area will re-open for visitors at the end of February 2016.

NATIONAL SPORTS MUSEUM, Richmond

Sports lover or not, whatever your game get into the National Sports Museum! Located at the MCG, the National Sports Museum presents world-class exhibitions of significant sporting artefacts.

The museum houses the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, the Australian Football exhibition (including Australian Football Hall of Fame), Champions - Thoroughbred Racing Gallery, and temporary exhibition areas addressing the sporting issues and events of the day.