26 September 2023

Museums Victoria to show off to researchers

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Museums Victoria is to open a new permanent exhibition space showcasing the pivotal work of its Research Institute.

Director of Museum’s Victoria Research Institute, Nurin Veis said the purpose-designed Research Institute Gallery would open on 11 March with an exhibition of key research projects from the biological and geological sciences.

Dr Veis said the new gallery would provide museum visitors with an insight into the diverse and innovative projects facilitated by the Research Institute.

“For over 165 years, Museums Victoria’s research staff have drawn on the museum’s collections to answer questions about our changing world,” Dr Veis said.

“We are thrilled to open an exhibition that gives a snapshot of our Research Institute staff’s expertise and some of their current projects,” she said.

“Through collection objects, film, photographs and interviews, visitors will be given an insight into the vital and exciting research that happens behind-the-scenes at Museums Victoria.”

Dr Veis said the Research Institute Gallery provided a contemporary and welcoming space for visitors to explore the work of Museums Victoria palaeontologists, marine biologists, taxonomists and mineralogists, and other Institute staff.

She said it would also provide museum visitors with an opportunity to explore the big ideas and challenges of our time through the lens of natural science research.

“Future exhibits to be housed in the gallery will span other Research Institute disciplines including history, technology and First Peoples knowledge, with Victorian-centred research at its core,” the Director said.

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