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Papilio anactus, Dainty Swallowtail. Location: Australia, Victoria, Melbourne, Carlton Gardens. Survey: City of Melbourne Bio Blitz 2016.

Identify an animal or object

We can help you identify rocks and minerals, animals and fossils, manufactured or hand-crafted objects.

Boy on a wooden verandah looking through a telescope.

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Search for objects, images, specimens and articles in Museums Victoria Collections.

Fossil of a periotic (ear bone) of a prehistoric mammalodontid baleen whale in a white cardboard storage box.

Request access to collections items

Museums Victoria coordinates all requests for access to its collections, including Library and Archives.

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Donate an object to our collections

We're always interested in new objects and different stories, and encourage members of the public to contact us if they have something of interest.

Two men and a woman (a son with his mother and father) standing in front of a white railing. To the left of the picture is a life preserver ring with the words “London / Esperance Bay” printed on it.

Find a passenger list

We can help you locate primary records and family history documents across a range of archives and genealogical institutions.

Brittle star

Image requests

Request the use of images owned by Museums Victoria that appear in our exhibitions, publications and websites.

Family walking though the dinosaur walk at Museum Members Summer Party.

Submit a program or exhibition idea

We welcome proposals from community groups, organisations, artists, performers and individuals to be considered for inclusion in our forward exhibition and public program.

Fanciful scientific illustration of a seven-headed reptilian beast. Two birds fly above it; another perches on a twig.

Search the library catalogue

Search the Museums Victoria Library for physical collection items as well as subscribed electronic resources and open access electronic books and journals.

Coin - 1 Shilling, Fiji, 1938: crowned head of the King facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR - Obverse

Find out how to get coins and other historical items valued

Want to know how much your coin collection or family heirloom is worth? This guide can get you started. 

penny coin

Coins and medals

Where to go to find out more about your coins and medals.

Passengers On Deck of 'SS Ballarat', Arriving at Station Pier, Port Melbourne, 1925.

Researching family history

Links to databases, archives, records and resources to assist with your family history research project.

WWI soldier

WWI & Australian military history

A guide to finding information about soldiers’ war-time experiences and Australia’s military history.

Looking for something else? 
Make a general research enquiry or email us directly with your question at [email protected].

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