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Melbourne Museum To Open For Free On First Weekend

Victorians will be able to experience their new museum for free on its opening weekend of 21-22 October, the State Government announced today.
Arts Minister Mary Delahunty said the decision to allow free entry on the opening weekend would enable as many Victorians as possible to share in the festivities surrounding the museum’s opening, including the colourful gala parade on Saturday and other weekend events made possible by the generous support of The Age newspaper.
The Minister also announced that from Monday 23 October until March 2001, entry fees to Melbourne Museum would be half price. The decision to reduce the entry price was in view of the staged nature of the Museum’s opening.
Museum Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. George MacDonald, said that the Museum’s official opening at 11.00 a.m. on Saturday morning would be a momentous occasion in the history of this State.
“We are delighted to be able to offer free entry to Australia’s newest and largest Museum on October 21 and 22, and the Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of The Age newspaper, which is sponsoring the opening of Melbourne Museum,” Dr. MacDonald said.
Melbourne Museum Stage One will be officially opened by the Premier at a major public event on Saturday 21 October. Stage One will include all the Museum’s primary foyers and circulation spaces – many of which contain fascinating individual exhibits and artworks – and amenities such as a fine dining restaurant, family cafes, the Museum Shop, the InfoZone resource centre, and schools education rooms.
Exhibition galleries opening under Stage One are the Australia Gallery, featuring the new Phar Lap exhibition; Bunjilaka, the Aboriginal Centre, with its associated interpretive garden and performance theatre; Te Pasifika Gallery, showcasing the watercraft and maritime traditions of the Pacific Islands; the Touring Exhibition Hall with its first blockbuster exhibition Body Art (Rated M, separate ticket and entry fee applies). Sections of the Children’s Museum, including the Children’s Gallery and the Tattersall’s Children’s Playground will also be opening.
Gallery attractions that will open in coming months include:
Forest Gallery and Children’s Museum Big Box Gallery: late 2000Science and Life Gallery, Mind and Body Gallery and Evolution Gallery (featuring the Dinosaurs in Time exhibition): early 2001
Ms Delahunty said that when it was fully commissioned, Melbourne Museum would be one of the world’s great museums.
“This will be a museum like no other,” Ms Delahunty said.
“Its offering of exhibitions, activity programs, resource material and public amenities will set new standards for cultural venues in other countries to live up to.
“From an educational perspective, this Museum will be a vast resource for school groups and a veritable wonderland for families to explore together.
“In addition, it will be full of performance, and interactive and living exhibits designed to engage visitors so they can learn and be entertained at the same time.”
Entry prices to Melbourne Museum will be as follows:
Special half price entry: 23 October 2000 – 9 March 2001
Melbourne Museum Half Price Entry Full Price Entry Ends 9 March From 10 MarchAdult $6.00 $12.00Concession $4.50 $9.00Child $3.30 $6.60 Family $16.50 $33.00