Museum Victoria

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 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.


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).[2] The collections of around 16 million objects cover Indigenous items, science, history and technology.[3]

Significant events in the Museum's history include:


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

Former Museum directors include:

See also


  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. "Museums Act 1983". Retrieved 2016-04-24.
  3. 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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