Museum Victoria’s origins date back to 1854, with the founding of the National Museum of Victoria and the establishment, in 1870, of the Industrial and Technological Museum of Victoria. In 1983 these institutions were amalgamated to form what is known today as Museum Victoria.
As the State museum for Victoria, Museum Victoria is responsible for looking after the State collection of 17 million objects, documents, photographs and specimens. Our priceless collections record Australia’s environmental and cultural history. They are an irreplaceable resource for understanding the past, reflecting on the present and looking into the future. Our research, in the fields of science, humanities and contemporary museums, uses the museum’s collections and expert staff to further what we understand of critical contemporary issues in science, the environment, society and the cultural sector. Collaborative projects with universities, communities, government agencies and international institutions expand the museum’s activities far beyond the walls of our buildings.
Museum Victoria attracts visitors from across Australia and overseas, presenting long-term and temporary exhibitions at four venues – Melbourne Museum, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, the Immigration Museum and Scienceworks – managing the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and scheduling both feature film and educational programming at our IMAX cinema. We also run structured educational programming that is in line with the State curriculum, utilising our exhibitions, collections and expertise to engage with approximately 59% of the schools in Victoria each year.
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