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MV Melbourne Museum

3053 Melbourne-Carlton, Australia (Victoria)

Address 11 Nicholson St
Floor area 80000 m² / 861 113 ft²  
Museum typ Exhibition
Science Museums in general
  • Imax & "Maxi screen"
  • Computer / Informatic

Opening times
Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Status from 09/2012
Adult $10, Concession and Child (3–16 years) free entry

Tel.:+61-3-83 41 77 77   


Our page for MV Melbourne Museum in Melbourne-Carlton, Australia, is administrated by member Mike Osborne. Please write to him about your experience with this museum, for corrections of our data or sending photos by using the Contact Form to the Museum Finder.

Location / Directions
S37.803743° E144.971723°S37°48.22458' E144°58.30338'S37°48'13.4748" E144°58'18.2028"

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


Local 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 Park

The Melbourne Museum undercover car park is open from 6.00am to midnight daily. Enter via Rathdowne Street or Nicholson Street.

Some example model pages for sets you can see there:

AUS: CSIRO Division of CSIRAC early Computer (1949)

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 Exhibitions

1, 2, 3, Grow
600 Million Years: Victoria evolves
agIdeas NewStar 2012
Bugs Alive!
Colonial Square
Darwin to DNA
Dinosaur Walk
Dynamic Earth
Forest Secrets
Koorie Voices
Living in a Sensory World
Marine Life
Phar Lap
Sam the Koala
The Human Body
The Melbourne Story
The Mind
The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia
Top Designs 2012
Water Smart Home

CSIRAC – Australia’s First Computer

The 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 Pioneer

For 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. presents here one of the many museum pages. We try to bring data for your direct information about all that is relevant. In the list (link above right) you find the complete listing of museums related to "Radio & Co." we have information of. Please help us to be complete and up to date by using the contact form above.