Festival Program


Muse in the Museum: Melanie Cheng

Sat 31 Aug, 1pm
Melbourne Museum

Explore the connections between bodies, minds and microbes as author and doctor Melanie Cheng takes you on a personal discovery, sharing her own reflections on Melbourne Museum’s fascinating Gut Feelings exhibition.

Ticket price includes entry to Melbourne Museum.

Museum as Muse series supported by Museums Victoria


1 hour


Session Artists

Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner based in Melbourne. Her debut short story collection, Australia Day, won the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction. Room for a Stranger is her debut novel and second book.

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Samer Nashef takes you on a personal discovery tour examining the inner workings of Melbourne Museum's Gut Feelings exhibition.