Museums Victoria 170th Anniversary

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Since its foundation in 1854, Museums Victoria has grown and developed from two small rooms set aside in a government office on La Trobe Street to become a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary institution providing research, exhibitions, education and public programs to millions of local and international visitors.

To our treasured visitors, members, and supporters of all kinds, thank you for your passion and unwavering support over so many years.

Visit us

To celebrate this milestone event, if your birthday falls on Saturday 9 March, you will be eligible for free entry on that day to Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum and Scienceworks! Simply show your ID at the ticket desk on Saturday 9 March to receive complimentary entry.

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Share with us

We can't wait to celebrate this incredible moment with you! Tag us in your stories on social media or share your most cherished memories of your time spent with us at any age.

17 Decades of Collection Highlights

As we celebrate our 170th anniversary, explore some of our favourite collections and objects from the Museums Victoria State Collection.

We’re so excited to walk down memory lane with you all and look even further ahead to a sustainable future full to the brim with new discoveries and inventions, many of which comes from the Museums Victoria Research Institute itself.

From the tip of our dinosaurs’ claws to the space in our starry skies, and all the discoveries in between – join us in celebrating 170 years of exploration and inspiration.

Black and white image of the National Museum of Victoria in 1870. 
National Museum of Victoria, 1870. 

Read the full article here: Our History - Treasures - Museums Victoria, 2004


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