Red Zone trail

Explore the galleries with the Museum map

Find out how to get around with the Museum map. There are four zones to discover.

Time: one to two hours
Audience: everyone

Are you big on visiting museums, but short on time? This tour is for you. Designed by our knowledgeable visitor assistants, it will introduce you to our Stegosaurus specimen, the Museum's earthquake simulator and a 3,500-kilogramme meteorite.

Earth Hall

We begin in Earth Hall, where you'll come face-to-face with the world's most complete Stegosaurus skeleton ever found. Make it past this fearsome fossil and you will discover:

  • an escalator passing through a giant metallic globe
  • a celestial map on the gallery walls
  • gems, minerals and a moon rock

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Take the Earth Hall escalator up to the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery, which includes:

  • an earthquake simulator
  • a volcano and earthquake locator
  • a heat-resistant suit

Restless Surface

You'll find the Museum's Restless Surface gallery on the same floor, where you can learn how rivers are formed, and the role winds and air currents play in shaping a planet. You'll also find:

  • a giant stalagmite
  • frozen lightning captured in desert sand

From the Beginning

Take the stairs down to the first floor and discover the origins of the universe in the From the Beginning gallery. You can also take a closer look at:

  • a 3,500-million-year-old microfossil that represents the earliest life on Earth
  • the skull of a Phorusrhacos (a large, flightless predatory bird)
  • a Xiphactinus (a large, predatory fish)
  • the animal species that humans have helped drive to extinction

Lasting Impressions

Back on the ground floor, take a look at our 3,500-kilogramme Cranbourne meteorite on your way to the Lasting Impressions gallery. Here you'll find a unique set of specimens, including:

  • a calcareous deposit called the Sunday Stone that tells the story of the working lives and hardships of miners in the 1800s
  • bamboo that can grow by one metre a day
  • lichens that can live for up to 10,000 years