Wedderburn meteorite
Museums Victoria Collections

Wedderburn meteorite

A meteorite from the core of another planet contains one of the rarest minerals on earth.

Conservation at Museums Victoria.
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Discover Documentary: Conservation

From wedding dresses to meteorites, our Conservation team protect and preserve over 15 million objects in Museums Victoria's collection. This episode of Discover takes a look at how they do it!

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?

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Dynamic Earth

Uncover the story of our planet. Dynamic Earth is a stunning exhibition that uses thousands of minerals to tell the story of our ever-changing planet.

two rock fragments
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The Murchison meteorite

The story behind one of the most studied meteorites, which fell to earth near Victoria in 1969. 

pink diamond
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How do diamonds get their colours?

And what's so special about the pink ones?

moon rock in an museum exhibition
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Moon rock on display

Museums make it possible to see specimens from faraway places that you won't get the chance to visit yourself.

Lightning strike behind trees
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Catching Lightning

A fulgurite that took microseconds to form, a moment to break and over 50 years to reassemble.

Black and white image of a woman wearing a lab coat in a science lab
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Anne Bermingham, a scientific pioneer of radiocarbon dating

Meet the woman who started Australia’s first radiocarbon dating lab.

Black and White portrait of a woman
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Sylvia Whincup, a prolific collector and groundbreaking mineralogist

Sylvia amassed a collection of thousands of specimens and 167 new species.

a black and white photo of a woman wearing glasses and a white coat, looking into a microscope
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Isabel Cookson: one tough ‘Cookie’

One of Australia’s first professional female scientists, Isabel Cookson was a ground-breaking palaeobotanist.

A man and two boys looking up at a skeleton of a three-horned dinosaur fossil illuminated in blue and green light
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Know your bones: what is a ‘real’ fossil?

Fossils are the only means we have to study and display ancient animals, but what makes a fossil ‘real’?

A speckled rock featuring a hand written label
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This small rock holds the story of Antarctic exploration before the Heroic Age

Discover the rock that unlocked one of the biggest mysteries of Antarctica and the incredible story of Carsten Borchgrevink, the explorer determined to get there first.

An image of a fiery mushroom cloud next to a piece of green-tinged glass
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These pieces of atomic glass are the remnants of the first nuclear bombs

Forged in the fury of nuclear explosions, like Oppenheimer’s Trinity test and British bombs at Maralinga, atomic glass is more than a curio in museum collections.  

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

White mineral crystals
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Minerals and Gemstones of Victoria

See some of Museums Victoria's collection on Google Arts & Culture.

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