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Museum Lectures



Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
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Why Models Work

This series features curators, collection managers and conservators presenting detailed studies of models currently on display in the exhibition Mini Mega Model Museum at Melbourne Museum. Each edition explores the models in more detail from the experts who care for them and use them in their work.

The exhibition will be open from 5–6pm for a pre-lecture viewing, included in the ticket price. Come along, meet the curator of the exhibition and learn more about these amazing models.

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Upcoming lectures

Why Models Work – The History Edition

Wednesday 18 March, 6pm–7.30pm | Recording to be released at a later date

Museums Victoria Curators present models from the History Collection; the massive handmade doll house ‘Pendle Hall’, the nineteenth century Colosseum model fashioned from cork and a poignant collection of Trench Art from WW1.

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Why Models Work – The First Peoples Edition

Wednesday 15 April, 6pm–7.30pm | exhibition viewing 5–6pm

This First Peoples edition presents models from the Society and Technology and First Peoples collection that have big stories. From intricate hand-woven Gunditjmara baskets that are the size of a fingernail to a model of Captain Cook’s Cottage made of icing sugar, what big histories do these objects hold and what do they mean to First Peoples today?

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Why Models Work - Animal, Mineral, Vegetable Edition

Wednesday 20 May, 6–7pm | exhibition viewing 5–6pm

Delicate glass sea creatures, realistic gold nuggets and a colourful wire virus protein are just a few of the items on display in the Mega  Mini Model Museum exhibition. In this lecture the origins of these intriguing science-based models will be explained.

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Why Models Work – The Dinosaur Edition

Wednesday 15 July, 6–7pm | exhibition viewing 5–6pm

Join Senior Curator Thomas Rich presenting two centuries of changing ideas about the dinosaur Iguanodon; it’s an intriguing story of discovery and re-interpretation.

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Past lectures