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Sphygmomanometer associated with Weary Dunlop Cassowary birds, by John Gould (without frame) Jaws of the Grey Nurse Shark Hatchetfish Western Lowland Gorillas diorama William Blandowski’s Cernua eadesii proposed in 1858 The Cranbourne No 2 mass, 1525 kg Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) Suckers on the tentacle of a Giant Squid (Architeuthis sanctipauli)
Moth specimens, John Curtis Collection Butterfly specimens Elephant Bird egg Fossil fish Red Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisea rubra) Great Pampa-Finch (Embernagra platensis) Giant Gippsland Earthworm (Megascolides australis) Skull of the Spinifex Hopping Mouse (Notomys alexis) Rough Knob-tailed Gecko (Nephurus asper)
Diprotodon (marsupial) skull Trilobite (Kolihapeltis) Chalcophanite crystals with smithsonite 'The Oldham', replica gold nugget (19th century) H.L. White Egg Collection Southern Moray Eel (Gymnothorax austrinus) Microslide cabinet Hydroid (Clathrozoon wilsoni) Okapi (Okapia johnstoni)
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) Reticulated Pythons (Python reticulatus) Medicine chest (19th century)

The Sciences Department at Museum Victoria houses extensive natural history collections. They are grouped into the areas of Invertebrates, Entomology and Arachnology, Ichthyology, Herpetology, Ornithology, Mammalogy, Genetic and Biochemical Resources, Palaeontology and Geology.

Only a very small percentage of the Natural History collections are on display at any one time. Most specimens are maintained for study by researchers in Australian and international museums, universities and other scientific organisations. In addition to its research and developing the collections, the Sciences Department works to increase the public understanding of science, including other scientific fields such as astronomy and biotechnology.

Find out more about the sciences collections.

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