Meet the Museum Experts

TOUR

Where

Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

In this series of workshops, you will hear about the specialised jobs that people do at the museum, see some of the back of house areas and try your hand at developing museum skills.

Palaeontologists, live exhibits keepers or preparators will give you an insight into their worlds behind closed doors.
 

Live Exhibits

Caterpillar hangs on a leaf
Caterpillar, Danaus Plexippus
Source: Museums Victoria
Photo: Rodney Start

Meet Nicola McCleery, Manager of the Live Exhibits Department at Museums Victoria. She’ll talk about the work she and her team undertakes to care for the plants and animals in the museum, help you sort stick insect eggs and make a home for your stick insects, and take you to the Live Exhibits laboratory and show you around. You’ll also go on a mini-tour of the Forest Gallery to see what’s living in this special part of the museum.

9 January and 23 January 2018
2pm–4.30pm
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Palaeontology

Collection Manager Rolf Schmidt holding a rock containing fossilised shell specimens.
Rolf Schmidt with fossilised shell specimens
Source: Museums Victoria
Photo: Jon Augier

Meet Dr Rolf Schmidt, Collection Manager of the Invertebrate Palaeontology collection at Museums Victoria. He'll talk about the work he and his team undertakes to research and manage the collection, help you sort through some 15 million year old rock to find palaeontological treasures, and take you to the Palaeontology store room and show you around. You'll also go on a mini-tour of the 600 Million Years exhibition to see what palaeontological collection items are on display.

10 January and 22 January 2018
2pm–4.30pm
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Preparators

Portrait of Preparation manager Steven Sparrey in Preparation workshop
Steven Sparrey in Preparation workshop
Source: Museums Victoria
Photo: Benjamin Healley

Meet Steven Sparrey, Manager of the Preparatory Department at Museums Victoria. He'll talk about the work he and his team undertakes for research and exhibitions (such as taxidermy, skin specimen preparation, painting and sculpture), help you make a mould and cast, and take you to the Preparator's laboratory and show you around. You'll also go on a mini-tour of the Dinosaur Walk to hear how the dinosaurs were prepared for exhibition.

24 January and 25 January 2018
2pm–4.30pm
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Dates

  • Su
  • Mo
  • Tu
  • We
  • Th
  • Fr
  • Sa
  • Tuesday, 09 January, 2018

  • Wednesday, 10 January, 2018

  • Monday, 22 January, 2018

  • Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

  • Wednesday, 24 January, 2018

  • Thursday, 25 January, 2018

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