Funding boost will help transform Victoria's iconic museums
Museums Victoria welcomes today’s exciting announcement of a substantial $33.5 million investment from the Andrews Labor Government, part of an unprecedented $288 million investment in the state’s multi-billion-dollar creative economy, announced in the State Budget 2021/22.
The funding will support the revitalisation of Melbourne Museum, part of a vision to transform Museums Victoria’s three signature destinations – Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum – and create world-leading experiences for audiences from across Victoria and beyond.
More than 1,200 square metres of new experiences will be delivered through this investment. Late this year Victorians will be able to experience the first of these major projects, with the launch of a new gallery at Melbourne Museum showcasing the world’s most complete and finely preserved Triceratops, the most significant fossil ever acquired by an Australasian museum.
Today’s funding announcement will also support critical capital maintenance works to ensure the safety and accessibility of the State Collection. Delivery of these projects will create construction jobs and support Victorian small and medium enterprises in design and the creative industries.
CEO & Director of Museums Victoria Lynley Crosswell said: “For more than 165 years, Victorians have turned to our museums to be entertained and inspired by the world around them. This generous support from the State Government will deliver the first phase of our transformation, creating world-leading museum experiences that all Victorians can enjoy and be proud of.”
Board President Leon Kempler AM said: “The Museums Board of Victoria and I are deeply grateful for this visionary investment by the Andrews Labor Government, which will deliver wonder and new knowledge to generations of Victorians.”
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