A History of Museum Victoria


Pictorial Timeline




Pictorial Timeline


The National Museum acquires the mounted hide of the famous race horse, Phar Lap, after he dies in America. For many visitors, a look at Phar Lap in his glass case is a highlight of their trip to the Museum.

Phar Lap won 36 races in Australia between April 1929 and November 1931. He won the 1930 Melbourne Cup, and was the only horse to start favourite for the Melbourne Cup three years in succession

Phar Lap
Source: Museum Victoria

On his death, his hide was donated to the National Museum of Victoria, his skeleton went to a museum in Wellington, New Zealand, and his heart went to the Australian Institute of Anatomy, now the National Museum in Canberra.


1854 1856
1863 1868
1870 1887
1899 1901
1915 1932
1939 1940
1965 1970
1983 1985
1992 1994
1996 1998
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