What are your origins? Where have Victorians come from? Why did they come? This website presents government census information on Victorian communities from 85 countries of origin.
CSIRAC - the world's oldest intact first-generation electronic computer
When it was built CSIRAC was at the cutting edge of the new field of computing.
The fascinating story of one of Australia's most important industrial heritage sites.
Great Melbourne Telescope
Great Melbourne Telescope project website. The goal is to restore the telescope to working order so that it may be used for educational and public viewing.
By world standards, Melbourne is a young city but it has layers of history. Discover how each era shaped the city we see today.
The timeless and living art of possum skin cloaks
Possum skin cloak making is flourishing in 2019.
The First Peoples exhibition is a shared endeavour of Museums Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal community. The First Peoples Yulendj Group of Elders and community representatives have brought their knowledge, stories, culture, objects and images to guide the exhibition's development.
Indigenous Protest, Australian Bicentenary, 1988
On 26 January 1988, more than 40,000 people, including Aborigines from across the country and non-Indigenous supporters, staged what was the largest march in Sydney since the Vietnam moratorium.
Discover Documentary: Pendle Hall
Join Michael Reason, Curator of History and Technology as he takes us on a tour of a piece of prime real estate in miniature, Pendle Hall.
Discover Documentary: Conservation
From wedding dresses to meteorites, our Conservation team protect and preserve over 17 million objects in Museums Victoria's collection. This episode of Discover takes a look at how they do it!
Journeys to Australia
Immigration is a vital feature of Australia's history and national identity. Celebrate the journeys that changed Australia forever.
Immigration to Victoria
A decade by decade overview highlighting policy and social developments, shifts in population and demographics, and immigration's impact upon Indigenous Australians.
Home of the Immigration Museum, and one of Melbourne's most important 19th century public buildings.
The Plants of Milarri Garden
Milarri Garden is located within the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum.
The forested mountains which embrace the city of Melbourne are the setting for giant trees, dramatic geological events, human stories of tragedy and triumph, evolution of unique organisms and regular occurrence of bushfires.
Fusion, feminism and food
Flavours that flipped Australian kitchens.
Each immigrant has their own unique story to tell. This website explores why they came, where they settled and how they started a new life in Victoria.
The largest ever study of Australian women on the land is revealing the hidden stories of women farmers.
History starts today
A new collection of banners from the 2017 Women's March on Melbourne has important historical links.
The Lloyd Triestino Trio
What was the Lloyd Triestino Trio?
WWI & Australian military history
A guide to finding information about soldiers’ war-time experiences and Australia’s military history
Baradine Repatriation of Carved Tree (Dendroglyph)
Carved burial tree returned to traditional owners.
Coins and medals
Where to go to find out more about your coins and medals.
A treasure trove of freshwater fish biodiversity
The Kimberley region in Australia’s northwest is one our last great pristine unspoilt places, and a hotspot for species discovery.
A pathway for First Nations identity and meaning in the GLAM sector
In April this year the Honourable Princess Salote Maumautaimi Tuku’aho of Tonga visited Melbourne Museum's First Peoples and Te Pasifika exhibitions.
Audio-Visual Material in the Kodak Heritage Collection at Museums Victoria
This audio-visual material in the Kodak collection is evocative and valuable in the study of Kodak’s history.
Fashion Redux at Melbourne Museum
Major fashion names used the Museums State Collection, in collaboration with Melbourne Fashion Festival, to create a completely unique look.
More than 700 individuals whose combined efforts, starting in 1984, have brought to light fossils in what has been dubbed by one of them “The Dinosaur Dreaming Project”.
Fall of the Berlin Wall
Dr Rolf Schmidt on witnessing history unfold.
Interview with Auntie Veronica Barnett
Museums Victoria staff member Auntie Veronica shares her story with archivist Nik Mcgrath.
Our first Director's vision for a University Botanical Garden
How Melbourne University's System Garden came to be.
The sting of the final letter
Transcribing George Lyell's final documents.
How to take care of rare books
Five golden rules to follow in taking care of your own collection.
Locating living people
How can I locate living people?
HV McKay crate
Lid lifted on mystery artefact.
Rare scene of first European contact
Provenance of carved boomerang uncovered.
The art of the diorama
An overview of a classic type of museum display.
What is the history of our national holiday?
The journey to Station Pier
Melbourne’s heritage-listed Station Pier was Victoria’s most important arrival point for migrants.
Basket, Binak, Healesville, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
Coiled basket, or binak, with oval base, possibly purchased from Coranderrk Aboriginal Station circa 1870s-1880s.
Football jumper - Nicky Winmar, St Kilda, 1993
St Kilda Football Club jumper worn by Nicky Winmar during his celebrated stand against racism in sport in 1993.
Melbourne's Biggest Family Album collection
In 2006 over 1000 favourite photographs of Melbourne were collected from Melburnians' private albums.
Phar Lap collection
Over 350 items of racing equipment and memorabilia relating to champion racehorse Phar Lap.
The Federation Tapestry
Almost 41m long and 20,000 hours in the making, the tapestry marks the centenary of Australia's Federation.
Melbourne Observatory collection
Over 400 objects and images relating to the operation of Melbourne Observatory from 1863 to 1944.
Stool, Papua New Guinea
A stool made from a single piece of wood with a standing figure forming the back.
Maori Feather cloak
Kahuhuruhuru is the name for this type of cloak made of fine fibres made from flax or whitau.
A tooth fossil showing markings which appear to be man-made.