Museum Victoria

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Museum Victoria is an organisation which operates three major state-owned museums in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, the Melbourne Museum, the Immigration Museum and Scienceworks. It also manages the Royal Exhibition Building and a storage facility in Melbourne's City of Moreland.

Museum Victoria is the caretaker of the body of Phar Lap, Australia's[citation needed] most famous race horse. Phar Lap's skeleton is housed at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and his heart is kept at the National Museum of Australia.

History[edit]

The museum traces its history back to the establishment of the National Museum of Victoria in 1854 under the directorship of Frederick McCoy.[1] It was founded in its current form under the Australian Museums Act (1983). The collections of around 16 million objects cover Indigenous items, science, history and technology.[2]

Significant events in the Museum's history include:

  • 1854 – Founding of the Museum of Natural and Economic Geology with William Blandowski as Government Zoologist
  • 1856 – Collections moved to the University of Melbourne by Frederick McCoy
  • 1858 – McCoy appointed first director of the National Museum of Victoria
  • 1870 – Industrial and Technological Museum opened
  • 1899 – National Museum moved to Swanston Street, Melbourne
  • 1927 – Acquired the H. L. White Collection of the eggs of Australian native birds
  • 1945 – Industrial and Technology Museum renamed Museum of Applied Science
  • 1961 – Museum of Applied Science renamed Institute of Applied Science
  • 1971 – Institute of Applied Science renamed Science Museum of Victoria
  • 1983 – National Museum of Victoria and Science Museum of Victoria amalgamated to form the Museum of Victoria
  • 1992 – Scienceworks Museum (Melbourne) opened
  • 1997 – Swanston Street campus closed
  • 1998 – Museum of Victoria renamed Museum Victoria; Immigration Museum and Hellenic Antiquities Museum opened
  • 2000 – Melbourne Museum at Carlton Gardens opened

Administration[edit]

The present Chief Executive Officer of Museum Victoria is Dr J. Patrick Greene.

Former Museum directors include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rasmussen, Carolyn (2001). A Museum for the People: A History of Museum Victoria and Its Predecessors, 1854–2000. Scribe Publications Pty Limited. ISBN 978-0-908011-69-8. 
  2. ^ Clode, Danielle (2006). Continent of Curiosities: A Journey Through Australian Natural History. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-86620-0. 

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