Based in Melbourne, Museum Victoria runs four museums at three separate locations, as well as acting as custodian for the Royal Exhibition Building.
Museum Victoria, Australia's largest public museums organisation, is the State Museum for Victoria (Australia), responsible for the care of the state's collections, conducting research, and providing public access.
Museum Victoria has a proud history of scientific and cultural research and collection development. The organisation operates three public campuses and one of Australia's major education and research-based web sites, and is custodian of the State's immense museum collection.
Estimated at approximately 16 million individual items, Museum Victoria is custodian of the State's vast and priceless Sciences, Indigenous, Australian Society and Technology collections.
Museum Victoria operates three vibrant campuses: Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens, Scienceworks Museum and Melbourne Planetarium in Spotswood, and the Immigration Museum in Melbourne's Old Customs House in Flinders Street. It is also the custodian for the heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building.
Museum Victoria was established by and operates under, the Museums Act (1983). The organisation's origins date back to 1854 with the founding of the National Museum of Victoria, and the establishment of the Industrial and Technological Museum of Victoria (later known as the Science Museum of Victoria) in 1870.
These institutions were amalgamated to form what is today known as Museum
The history of Museum Victoria and its forbears is outlined in a pictorial timeline and the publication, A Museum for the People.
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