Some of the world’s biggest, rarest, oldest and most fascinating treasures are landing at Melbourne Museum, all the way from London, for the whole family to enjoy. In anticipation of the upcoming Treasures of the Natural World exhibition, we have turned some of the touring objects into puzzles! Select your level of difficulty and away you go.
The Dodo - Naturalist's Miscellany Plate 123
The Dodo is perhaps the most well-known symbol of human-caused extinction. Did you know that despite its fame, no museum actually holds a complete specimen?
While the last dodo died many years ago, this print keeps its image alive in intricate illustrative detail. An exclusive rare print sourced from Museums Victoria's own collection features bookplate 123 from The Naturalist's Miscellany Volume 4 by George Shaw (1789-1813) is available from the Museums Victoria Store.
Tetrabothynus regalis. Hispaniola, Greater Antilles
The Latin inscription on this lavish ring is from the poet Virgil. It reads Admiranda tibi levium spectacula rerum, meaning ‘I'll tell of tiny things that make a show well worth your admiration'. The centrepiece is a rare brightly coloured weevil found only on the island of Hispaniola in the West Indies. A craze for collecting plants and animals gripped fashionable society in the 18th century, and natural history jewellery was all the rage.
Photo: Natural History Museum, London