MV Melbourne Museum
3053 Melbourne-Carlton, Australia (Victoria)
11 Nicholson St
|Floor area||80000 m² / 861 113 ft²|
|Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
Status from 09/2012
|Adult $10, Concession and Child (3–16 years) free entry|
|Location / Directions||
Melbourne Museum is located just north of the Melbourne CBD.
Public Transport* Tram 86 or 96 to corner of Nicholson and Gertrude Streets
* Free City Circle Tram to Victoria Parade
* City loop train to Parliament Station
* Bus routes 250, 251 and 402 to Rathdowne Street
* Free City of Melbourne Tourist Shuttle Bus to stop No. 4
CyclistsLocal bicycle facilities include bike lanes on Rathdowne St and Canning St. There is also a shared pedestrian/bike path on Nicholson St. Bicycle racks on the Plaza provide ample bike parking just outside the front door. Car Park
Car ParkThe Melbourne Museum undercover car park is open from 6.00am to midnight daily. Enter via Rathdowne Street or Nicholson Street.
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|Description||The Melbourne Museum is the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere, and is a venue of Museum Victoria, which also operates the Immigration Museum and Scienceworks Museum.
The museum has seven main galleries, a Children's Gallery and a temporary exhibit gallery on three levels, Upper, Ground and Lower Level and was constructed by Baulderstone Hornibrook.
It is an scientific Museum with many different exhibitions:
Current Exhibitions1, 2, 3, Grow
600 Million Years: Victoria evolves
agIdeas NewStar 2012
Darwin to DNA
Living in a Sensory World
Sam the Koala
The Human Body
The Melbourne Story
The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia
Top Designs 2012
Water Smart Home
CSIRAC – Australia’s First ComputerThe world’s oldest complete computer.
CSIRAC (pronounced sigh – rack) stands for Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Automatic Computer.
The first automatic electronic stored-program computer in Australia and one of the first in the world, CSIRAC is practically intact and is the only first-generation computer still in existence.
Developed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, later renamed CSIRO) at its Radiophysics Laboratory in Sydney, CSIRAC ran its first program in November 1949.
Transferred to the Department of Physics at the University of Melbourne in 1955, it remained in service from 1956 until 1964.
After being decommissioned, CSIRAC was donated to Museum Victoria. The computer now forms part of the Museum’s Technology Collection and is on public display on the Lower Ground Floor of the Melbourne Museum.
Music PioneerFor a long time, it was believed that computer music was pioneered by Max Matthews in 1957, at Bell Telephone Laboratories in the United States.
However in mid-2004 composer and sonologist Paul Doornbusch proved that the first computer to play music was CSIRAC, in its earlier guise as the CSIR Mk1. While the exact date was not recorded, this occurred sometime during 1950. The computer’s first public performances, of the popular tune Colonel Bogey, took place on 7-9 August 1951, at the inaugural Conference of Automatic Computing Machines in Sydney.