Treasures of the Natural World

Terms 2-4, Monday–Friday
Year level
Years 3-10, VCE
Minmum student numbers
Minimum 10 students
Maximum student numbers
Maximum 85 students
$11 per student + education booking fee
Booking information
Bookings [email protected]

The world’s biggest, rarest, oldest and most fascinating treasures from London’s Natural History Museum here at Melbourne Museum!

Journey through the natural world and marvel at objects that have shaped our understanding of biology and changed the course of humanity. From the unique or extremely rare, to the mysterious and astonishing.

You and your students will get up close and personal with over 200 artefacts that unlock the mysteries of life, and whose colourful stories will inspire you to see our world, our biggest treasure, in a completely different light.

Teacher resources

The following resources have been designed to enhance students experience in the exhibition.

These include a self-guided activity for primary school students, high school activity trail and teacher notes.

Download these PDF resources

At school activities

You might like to use the following activities to support student learning and thinking before or after your
visit to the museum.

  • Imagine that you are living 200 years in the future. Name three modern day objects that you would choose to collect for a museum to represent ‘treasures’ of our world today? Give an overview of why you think each object is important and how it represents our world today.
  • If you were a scientist, what great discovery would you like to have made? Explain your thinking.
  • Charles Darwin & Alfred Wallace are recognised as being two of the great scientific minds of our time. What contributions did they make to the field of biological science? Research and discuss.
  • The diversity and evolution of life on Earth is something to be marvelled at. Explore the 600 Million Years website to discover how life on earth has evolved and changed over the past 600 million years.
  • In the Treasures of the Natural World exhibition there is a Martian meteorite. Did you know that the Earth frequently experiences meteorite impacts? Use the Dynamic Earth website to learn more about meteorites, including significant crater sites and meteorite impacts in Australia.

Curriculum links

  • Year 3–6 Biology, Earth and space science
  • Year 3–6 Geography and History
  • Year 7–10 Biology, Earth and space science
  • Year 7–10 Geography and History
  • Year 3–10 Critical and Creative thinking

Related links

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