Travel back in time In Melbourne Museum’s new garden

02 March 2023

Giant prehistoric kangaroos and rare dinosaurs that once roamed Victoria feature in Melbourne Museum’s newest attraction, the Gandel Gondwana Garden.

Photo of a boy touching the dinosaur mouth
Gandel Gondwana Garden at Melbourne Museum. Photo by Eugene Hyland. Source - Museums Victoria.jpg

The new outdoor play-based learning space has been designed for children aged between 6 and 12 and their families.

Named after the supercontinent Gondwana that once connected much of the Southern Hemisphere – including Australia – visitors are set for an immersive journey to learn about prehistoric megafauna alongside ancient plants, creating an educational, exciting and sensory experience like no other.

The garden, which has been created in collaboration with members of Museums Victoria’s Yulendj Group of Elders, draws on First People’s knowledge of Country, plants and habitats, and the latest scientific research and the expertise from the Museums Victoria Research Institute.

It explores how the land across the continent has changed over time from rainforests to grasslands and shrublands.

The new garden expands the museum’s offering for children and families, providing a link between the wildly popular Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery and landmark Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs exhibition.

The Victorian Government is backing the new attraction, which has also received generous support from leading Victorian philanthropists Mr John Gandel AC and Mrs Pauline Gandel AC.

Gandel Gondwana Garden opens to the public on Friday, 3 March, with a program of free guided tours and story-telling activities for all ages on Saturday, 4 March from 10am to 2pm.

Entry to the garden is included as part of general Melbourne Museum admission, which is free for children, concession card holders and members.

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You can also learn more about the garden with this online guide