Museum celebrates TBM arrival

The first of four tunnel boring machines for the Metro Tunnel have nearly arrived in Melbourne.

Two children enjoy the High Capacity Metro Trains VR experience.

Melbourne Museum is hosting virtual reality experience Above Below and Beyond to celebrate.

The interactive exhibition encourages visitors of all ages to understand the massive engineering feat that will be carried out to build the Metro Tunnel and experience the future of Melbourne’s public transport network.

Virtual reality headsets help participants travel into a Metro Tunnel construction site as a tunnel boring machine arrives. 

An award-winning immersion also takes visitors on a fantasy train ride on Melbourne’s new bigger, better High Capacity Metro Trains

Children also have an opportunity to colour-in trains, TBMs, bikes and trees to display their own city view.

Measuring 100 metres long, the first TBM is due to arrive at the Port of Melbourne later this month.

It will be transported to the future North Melbourne station, site near Arden Street, for assembly before being launched underground towards Kensington in May.

Above and Beyond  entry is free for children under 16 and seniors' card holders. 

The experience runs from 10am to 5pm daily until Tuesday 29 January. 

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