Arts & Culture


Museum Victoria

Carlton, Australia

Museum Victoria is the largest public museums organisation in Australia. It cares for Victoria's scientific and cultural collections and provides visitor access, activities and events at four venues: Melbourne Museum including IMAX, Immigration Museum, Scienceworks and the Royal Exhibition Building.
Museum Victoria oversees a wide range of research programs and the continued development of the state's collections. It also manages major education and research based websites.
Museum Victoria holds more than 17 million collection items, acquired since 1854. Over this period, the museum has developed some of the most significant collections of Australian Indigenous cultural material in the world and extensive natural science collections with a particular strength in material from south-eastern Australia and surrounding waters. The museum also holds a unique collection representing Victoria's historical and technological developments.
The collections are testimony to the endeavours and decisions of generations of curators employed at the museum. They include many items and discrete collections of international, national, state and local scientific or cultural significance.

Collections Online
MV Collections allows users to explore the natural sciences and humanities collections, featuring collections of zoology, geology, palaeontology, history, indigenous cultures and technology. Over 1.16 million records were on the site in mid 2016, accompanied by over 150,000 images. 

Caught and Coloured
Frederick McCoy's Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria set out to describe the colony's fauna. Drawing on Museum Victoria's rich archival sources, Caught & Coloured: Zoological Illustrations from Colonial Victoria explores the legacy of this great project. Original drawings, lithographic proofs and manuscripts bring to life the work of both McCoy and the artists he commissioned.

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1,375 items


Melbourne MuseumMelbourne Museum
11 Nicholson St
Carlton VIC 3053
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