Two people look at animal and fossil displays in the Research Institute Gallery. Prominent signs read: 'Are birds ok?', 'What kind of lizards live in our landscape?' and 'Are these clues to a lost world?'.

Research Institute Gallery

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Adult $15
Child Free
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Encounter cutting-edge research, fresh discoveries and valuable collection objects on display for the first time.

It’s in our nature to ask questions: What lives in the depths of the sea? How do we know if a river system is healthy? Is extinction forever? For more than 165 years Museums Victoria researchers have been inquiring, collecting and collaborating to understand our changing world.

Today, as we work to solve issues in our region and globally, the Museums Victoria Research Institute's diverse expertise in biodiversity, geology, history, technology and First Peoples’ knowledge and culture is more vital than ever. 

Cultural safety warning: Visitors are advised that this gallery contains preserved animal specimens.

What's on display

Through collection objects, film, photographs and interviews, this exhibition showcases some of our active and ongoing research, focusing on the biological and geological sciences. 

Explore this selection of objects currently on display or view all the collection objects.

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About the Museums Victoria Research Institute

For more than 165 years, Museums Victoria’s research and collections have inspired inquiry and discovery, creating new knowledge that shapes our understanding of our place, our past, our society and the relationship between this region and the world.

Today, Museums Victoria is a globally leading museum research organisation with an international reputation as a trusted source of insight, evidence and information. Through our network of museums, via our education programs and outreach into communities, and across our digital channels that reach millions of people each year, we bring ground-breaking research to communities across Victoria and around the world.


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