Bunjil's wing kinetic sculpture in First Peoples exhibition, Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum.

First Peoples

Help us to build further connections with Country, people and cultures, by creating opportunities to increase understanding and support the First Peoples of Victoria.


Banner image: Bunjil's wing kinetic sculpture in First Peoples exhibition, Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum / Museums Victoria / Copyright Photographer: Jon Augier / Creator: ENESS 2014

In partnership with the First Peoples of Victoria, we are working to place First Peoples living cultures, histories and knowledge across the stories we share, the experiences we create and the research we lead.

The Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum was designed to share First Peoples continuous living cultures, histories and knowledge through four distinct spaces – the First Peoples exhibition, Birrarung Gallery, Millari Garden and Kalaya performance space.

Our vision is to develop new experiences and projects that will build further connections with Country, people and cultures, by creating opportunities to increase understanding and support the First Peoples of Victoria.

The initiatives outlined below provide an example of future projects we aspire to deliver with your support.

First Peoples Cadetships​

We want to create career pathways and opportunities for First Peoples to excel in all facets of our Museums through a First Peoples Cadetship Program for Koorie youth. This two-year program would include Cultural Heritage training and development, mentoring pathways, and opportunities for the cadets to connect to the collections from their Countries and their Ancestors’ stories.

Back to Country

We care for more than 30,000 items from Southeastern Australia in the First Peoples Collections.

Our vision is to launch a First Peoples community-led data enhancement and digitisation project beginning with Southeastern Australian collections so communities can connect with cultural material whether they live locally, nationally or internationally.

Digitisation provides the starting point for returning cultural material from Museums Victoria back to Country, with content being shared with communities ahead of physical visits. This program will subsidise travel and provide opportunities to bring regional Koorie Elders and community members to Melbourne Museum to connect with First Peoples collections, including digitised items using archives and software.

First Peoples Elders in Residence

Building connections between Koorie Elders, Koorie youth and Museum staff is vital to providing culturally safe spaces and opportunities for strengthening cultural knowledge amongst First Peoples staff at the Museum and First Peoples communities, and supporting identity, health and wellbeing.

Through this program, we aim to support cultural safety at Museums Victoria by hosting Elders at Melbourne Museum on-site 3-4 days per week.

These connections will build the capabilities of First Peoples communities and First Peoples staff at the museums, and support programs, content and experiences for Museum audiences.


Donate and support

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

If you would like to learn more about our projects, please contact the Museums Victoria Development Team on +61 (0) 435 174 216 or [email protected].

You can also support First Peoples informed experiences by joining the Director’s Circle and enjoy unparalleled access to your special interest while playing an integral role in its future success.

Unless otherwise agreed, Museums Victoria reserves the right to determine at its sole discretion the initiatives to be delivered and how any donated funds are to be applied.

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