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Virtual Melbourne

We may all be a little house-bound right now, but that doesn't stop a city like Melbourne. Our zoos, galleries, bookshops, orchestras, museums, fitness studios, bars, esteemed hatted restaurants and more have donned their entrepreneurial hats to deliver themselves to you, virtually, 24/7, so you can stay connected and experience the best of what Melbourne has to offer.

Family fun

Virtual Melbourne

Keep the kids occupied with virtual cuddles from friendly animals at Zoos Victoria, through their online Animal House. Both Melbourne and Werribee Zoo are live-streaming the antics of their resident snow leopard cubs, penguins, giraffes, zebras and lions 24/7, for the public's viewing pleasure.

Dive into underwater worlds at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium and view live feeding sessions with coral atolls, turtles and sharks. The little ones can learn all about life under the sea, through the live-streamed Q&A sessions.

Keep growing minds active with the magic of science and technology at Scienceworks. Take a virtual tour, and learn about black holes, Indigenous astronomy, Australia's first satellite Australis OSCAR 5, and discover the answer to the most burning question of all - what can and cannot be heated up in a microwave.

Walk with dinosaurs, learn about the solar system and discover Indigenous plants during a virtual trip to Melbourne Museum, through their online initiative Museums at Home.

Let the kids learn important problem solving skills, disguised as fun. Tune into The Fact Detectives weekdays at 7am and weekends at 1pm, for cool facts and interesting discoveries.

Practise perfect social distancing by exploring the Royal Botanic Gardens from home. Get top ideas for activities in the garden to keep little hands busy, and tour living plant collections.

When it's time to wind down, find out what the hungry caterpillar and friends are up to with virtual story time through the City of Melbourne Libraries.

Arts and culture

Virtual Melbourne

MSO are showcasing previous Hamer Hall concert spectaculars, via their YouTube channel. See highlights of past performances courtesy of the online channels of Arts Centre Melbourne - you're guaranteed the best seat in the house.

Forget the streaming giants: join ACMI's Virtual Cinématèque each Wednesday for themed double-billings of art-house flicks screened to your lounge. Heat up the microwave popcorn and settle in.

Need a break from the constantly churning news cycle? Curl up with a book from one of Melbourne's independent bookshops. Browse virtual stacks of Australian and international fiction, or search for cookbooks and gardening books to get some inspiration for around the home. Order online to have books delivered, often for free.

Catch up with NGV's blockbuster exhibitions from the comfort of your own couch with virtual gallery tours.

Keep your finger on the pulse of Melbourne's literary scene with the help of the Wheeler Centre. There's plenty of podcasts and videos to choose from, live-streamed events with authors and other bookish features on offer.

Aboriginal people of Australia have been sharing stories orally for 60,000 years, or longer. The Koorie Heritage Trust have an ongoing program, preserving these stories for future generations. Join up online to listen and keep the culture alive.