Bird perched on a branch

Listening for Nature

Researchers are using advanced digital tools to listen in on animal sounds and map who is where from croaks and calls.

H.L. White egg collection, tray of Magpie eggs.

The colour of birds' eggs

The aesthetic qualities of a bird egg can tell you a lot about the species that laid it.

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A.J. Campbell on Google Arts & Culture

Passionate ornithologist, naturalist and photographer.

Three Little Pied Cormorant specimens mounted on a board.
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The first donation to the Museum

 Mounted specimen of the Little Pied Cormorant

Trees in Toolangi State Forest
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Forest Secrets

At the heart of the museum is a piece of Victoria's mountain landscape with tall eucalypts, ferns, rare plants and wildlife. Delve in to the secrets of our Forest Galley.

Illustration showing animals that lived from 635 million years–2.6 million years ago
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600 Million Years: Victoria Evolves

How did life on Earth come to be the way it is and what happened in our part of the world?

Specimen box storage for the liquid nitrogen cryofacility freezing tank, Ian Potter Bio-Bank.

Discover Documentary: Biobank

Discover the Ian Potter Australian Wildlife Biobank: a state-of-the-art liquid nitrogen storage facility containing tissue, venom, and even live cells. 

A White-plumed Honeyeater aperch on a wire

Birds and birdwatching

Birds are highly visible and vocal, spectacularly diverse and fascinating to watch and study.

A white Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Colour Variations: It doesn't look like that in the book

If an animal looks different to what you see in the field guides, there are many possible explanations - some more surprising than others.

Taxidermy training model of a Princess Parrot

Museums, Specimens and Taxidermy

Bringing the dead to life - sort of!

View of the Wild Amazing Animals exhibition, worldwide environments.

Wild goodbyes

We've been blown away by the number of people who have reached out to us about Wild—here are some answers to your most often asked questions. 

an elegant white bird wading in water

Flight of fashion: when feathers were worth twice their weight in gold

The high price of feathered hats in the 1800s.

a small scorpion glowing green under uv light

Glowing animals: understanding bioluminescence and biofluorescence

What do a Platypus, a Dragonfish and a Scorpion all have in common?

A photo of the front of the Melbourne Museum

Birthday honours: 21 of our favourite things about the Melbourne Museum

Fascinating facts about Melbourne’s favourite museum.

12 cartoon animals of the Chinese Zodiac

Lunar New Year

This Lunar New Year, come for a tour of the Chinese Zodiac through the Museums Victoria collection.

a composite image of three drawings: a kangaroo, snake, and cassowary

A glimpse into the past, to enlighten the future of biodiversity on Earth

What can we learn from the first scientific descriptions of animals and the Earth’s biodiversity, written hundreds of years ago?


What’s in a name? An animal’s can be misleading

When is a tiger not a cat, a fox not a canine, and a jelly fish not a fish? Unfortunately, more often than you might think.

an imprint of the three toed foot in rock, next to a ruler

125-million-year-old footprints rewrite the history of birds in Australia

Ancient bird tracks found on Australia’s southeast coast, could be the oldest evidence for avian dinosaurs in the Southern Hemisphere.    

Five girls looking for marine life on a boat.
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