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!
The journey to Station Pier
Melbourne’s heritage-listed Station Pier was Victoria’s most important arrival point for migrants.
Phar Lap collection
Over 350 items of racing equipment and memorabilia relating to champion racehorse Phar Lap.
Between 1891 and 1947, George Lyell and Gustavus Athol Waterhouse's regular correspondence shared a passion for moths and butterflies.
The largest ever study of Australian women on the land is revealing the hidden stories of women farmers.
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.
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.
History starts today
A new collection of banners from the 2017 Women's March on Melbourne has important historical links.
The Melbourne Story
An exhibition packed with icons of the city's past and present.
Walk through 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.
Beyond kilts and bagpipesScottish associational culture and its wider impact on Australian society, circa 1840 to 1920
Our first Director's vision for a University Botanical Garden
How Melbourne University's System Garden came to be.
Gurindji Blues Post ScriptUnknown and unlikely facets of the Wave Hill Walk-off and the Gurindji people’s quest for independence, 50 years on
What would it take to make you leave your homeland and travel thousands of miles to another country?
The genealogy of the genealogical methodDiscoveries, disseminations and the historiography of British anthropology
The Invisible FarmerSecuring the history of Australian farming women
Melbourne's Biggest Family Album collection
In 2006 over 1000 favourite photographs of Melbourne were collected from Melburnians' private albums.
Objects, images and documents relating to one of the first stored memory digital electronic computers.
Being presentIndigenous Contemporary Art and Cultural Practices in the Museum
How to take care of rare books
Five golden rules to follow in taking care of your own collection.
Australia's greatest racehorse.
The Federation Tapestry
Almost 41m long and 20,000 hours in the making, the tapestry marks the centenary of Australia's Federation.
Home of the Immigration Museum, and one of Melbourne's most important 19th century public buildings.
The Biggest Family Album in Australia collection
Over 9000 photographs from rural and regional Victoria dating from the 1890s to the 1940s.
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.
The Place for a VillageHow nature has shaped the city of Melbourne
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.
What are your origins?
Where have Victorians come from?
Why did they come?
More than 9 million people have migrated to Australia since 1788. Countless others have tried and failed.
The story of Customs House, where officials controlled what – and who – could enter Victoria.
Gung Family collection
This collection provides an insight into the Gung family's experiences of migrating to Australia from China at the beginning of the twentieth century. Their story forms part of the Immigrant Stories exhibition at the Immigration Museums
Nickel Mundabi Ngadwa, Congolese refugee artist, 2009
Now a professional artist based in Shepparton, Nickel's refugee story begins with taking flight from Congo.
Karl Friedrich Muffler, German migrant, pastry chef & internee, 1930
After migrating from Germany in 1930, Karl Muffler was interned in Melbourne throughout WWII.
CSIRAC is back
CSIRAC, the world's oldest intact first-generation electronic computer, is now on display at Scienceworks.
This website explores the history of the Spotswood Pumping Station, one of Australia's most important industrial heritage sites.
What will the future be like?
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.
Kodak Heritage Collection
A unique and extensive collection that documents the history of the photographic industry in Australia.
Collection Store tours
See highlights from our historic collection and discover some of Melbourne’s fascinating past.
Pumping Station tours
A tour filled with stories of old Melbourne and Victorian engineering feats.
Tractor - Chamberlain, prototype light tractor, 1959
Intended to compete with the popular Ferguson tractors, this Australian-built prototype never entered production.
From Polyzosteria limbata to wire strainersA life wandering in and out of museums (and why they matter)
A Flying LifeJohn Duigan and the first Australian aeroplane
Sunshine Stripper Harvester
The story of the most commercially successful Australian designed harvester.
His first love: Heartlands 2016 Arts Project
A touching story about an old computer.
Discover Documentary: The Murray Explored Bioscan
Following in the footsteps of William Blandowski, the Museum's first curator.
Interview with Auntie Veronica Barnett
Museums Victoria staff member Auntie Veronica shares her story with archivist Nik Mcgrath.
Listening to Elders
Community elders guide Museums Victoria in representing First Peoples.
Celebrating the history, culture, achievements and survival of Victoria’s Aboriginal people.
A glimpse of First Peoples multimedia installation.
Milarri Garden trail
Explore Bunjilaka's beautiful Indigenous garden.
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.
An Aboriginal perspective on Australia's threatened species.
Book - A.O. Neville, 'Australia's Coloured Minority: Its Place in the Community'
In this book, Neville articulates of the belief that assimilation of Aboriginal people of mixed descent could only occur through 'breeding out the colour'.
Kooyang diorama in First Peoples
Exhibiting one of the world’s oldest aquaculture systems.
An etched zinc wall that spans the north wall of Birrarung Gallery and surrounds the entry to First Peoples.
Contemporary reimagining of a museum collectionAn analysis of change in a collection of spears from Milingimbi, Arnhem Land
Rare scene of first European contact
Provenance of carved boomerang uncovered.
Basket, Binak, Healesville, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
Coiled basket, or binak, with oval base, possibly purchased from Coranderrk Aboriginal Station circa 1870s-1880s.
Fiji's Treasured Culture
Fijian artefacts, and their traditional uses, provide glimpses of ancient Pacific cultures and Fiji’s fascinating past.
The Pacific Collections at Museums VictoriaA brief introduction and aspirations for the future
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.
Carving, United States of America, North American South West
The name of the Katsina represented by this tihu is Angak'china (Long Haired Kachina).
Haida totem pole, Canada
This twelve metre totem pole from British Columbia, Canada, has four major iconic carvings that represent the major totems that traditionally travel through the maternal line in Haida society.
Fusion, feminism and food
Flavours that flipped Australian kitchens.
Journeys to Australia
Immigration is a vital feature of Australia's history and national identity. Celebrate the journeys that changed Australia forever.
The Plants of Milarri Garden
Milarri means 'outdoors' in Boon Wurrung and Woi wurrung.
Aztecs lecture series
Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures lecture series
The wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia lecture series
Accessing the ancient pastAncient Egyptian antiquities in the Victorian State collections
The astronomical lantern slide and the visual communication of popular science
Reel History: a look at life through motion film
What Makes a Telescope “Great”?Observations on the restoration of a once great reflector
Syria: Ancient History – Modern Conflict
Citizen SciencePeople-Power Building Knowledge of Nature
Reframing Colonial HistoriesRe-contextualising collections through contemporary art
The Intersection of Art & Historical CollectionsFirst Peoples Women, Creative Practice and the Museum
A Million Pounds and Not a Penny ReturnA Victorian Gold Mining Saga
The art of the diorama
An overview of a classic type of museum display.
HV McKay crate
Lid lifted on mystery artefact.
Travel by tube?
Will we travel our future cities via vacuum transport?
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
What is the history of our national holiday?
Locating living people
How can I locate living people?
Coins and medals
Where to go to find out more about your coins and medals
2017 Round Up
Museums Victoria had a massive year – take a look at our Top 10 moments.
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.
2018 Round Up
Take a look at our ten most memorable museum moments!
The sting of the final letter
Transcribing George Lyell's final documents.
The timeless and living art of possum skin cloaks
Possum skin cloak making is flourishing in 2019.
Baradine Repatriation of Carved Tree (Dendroglyph)
Carved burial tree returned to traditional owners.
Pendle Hall Dolls' House
A 21 room, four storey dolls' house built over 40 years by Felicity Clemons, daughter of Sir Geoffrey Syme.
Robert Lewis John Ellery, astronomer & scientist (1827-1908)
English-born Ellery was Government Astronomer from 1863's advent of Melbourne Observatory until 1895.
Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944
Established in 1863 to serve as a scientific research institution for Melbourne.
Spotswood Sewerage Pumping Station
Central to Melbourne's first centralised sewerage system, this site, dating back to 1893, is heritage-listed.
Hermann Ralph Uhlherr, engineer (1934-present)
A passionate collector of tektites who has had an asteroid named after him.
Melbourne Observatory collection
Over 400 objects and images relating to the operation of Melbourne Observatory from 1863 to 1944.
A tooth fossil showing markings which appear to be man-made.