Research Institute Gallery
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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.
Poignant specimens of this extinct species can only be found in a few museums world-wide. Our research is revealing new insights into its biology.
Researchers found this fish at a depth of 1500m in the Indian Ocean. It uses fins as a tripod to raise itself off the seafloor.
Researchers have been using acoustic methods to monitor this shy and critically endangered species.
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Secrets from beyond extinction: the Tasmanian tiger
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Investigating the IOT: deep-sea science
A journey into Australia's unexplored deep-sea Indian Ocean Territories.
Birds and birdwatching
Birds are highly visible and vocal, spectacularly diverse and fascinating to watch and study.
Listening for Nature
Researchers are using advanced digital tools to listen in on animal sounds and map who is where from croaks and calls.
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.