Museum is located in the Carlton
Gardens in Melbourne, Australia
, adjacent the Royal Exhibition Building
.It was designed by Denton Corker Marshall Architects and finished construction in 2001. Situated in the Carlton Gardens
, it was commissioned by the Victorian Government Office of Major Projects on behalf of Museums Victoria
. The museum is a rich response to Melbourne's urban condition, and provides a place for education, history, culture and society to engage with each other in a contemporary setting. It is now an important part of Melbourne’s soft infrastructure.
It 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.