Museum Victoria – Google Cultural Institute
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 16 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 <a href="http://www.museumvictoria.com.au/collections">www.museumvictoria.com.au/collections </a>
Museum Victoria is responsible for about 16.5 million individual items. A large selection from the History and Technology collections can be viewed online.
Collections Online includes The Biggest Family Album in Australia, a collection of over 9000 photographs depicting a range of human activities in Victoria's and Australia's past, dating from the 1870s to the 1950s.
Treasures <a href="http://www.museumvictoria.com.au/treasures">www.museumvictoria.com.au/treasures</a>
Treasures celebrates the outstanding collections of Museum Victoria and its remarkable achievements over its 150 year history. Featured here are some of the museum's most treasured objects: the rare and the precious, visitor favourites, important cultural artefacts, priceless scientific specimens, and mementos of lives ordinary and extraordinary.
Caught and Coloured <a href="http://www.museumvictoria.com.au/caughtandcoloured">www.museumvictoria.com.au/caughtandcoloured</a>
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.