Help us plan our future

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by Melinda
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9 November 2012
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Melinda is the manager of MV's Governance and Planning Department.

Between our three museums—Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum— we exhibit world cultures, the science of our planet and universe, and Victoria's history and biodiversity. We take the show on the road and online, through the Discovery Program and our website.

Teacher with students Point Lonsdale Primary School students at the launch of the Surprises of the Cosmos exhibition at Scienceworks in 2011.
Image: Ben Healley
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Woman in gallery Muthi Muthi Elder and artist Aunty Barb Egan with one of her artworks in her River Woman exhibition that was on show at Birrarung Gallery, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre earlier this year.
Image: James Henry
Source: Museum Victoria
 

We also look after the Royal Exhibition Building, and our 158-year-old scientific and cultural collections assist research into critical contemporary issues.

Dancers at Flinders St King Marong and members of the Safara Music School perform outside Flinders Street Station at the media launch of the West Africa exhibition at the Immigration Museum, 2010.
Image: Heath Warwick
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Planning for Museum Victoria's future is a mammoth and exciting task. We would like to hear what you value about Museum Victoria to help us steer the museum on behalf of all Victorians.

Please tell us: What do you like best about Museum Victoria? What do you think we could be doing better? What new things would you like to see us doing in the future?

You can leave your answers as a comment on this post, or if you'd prefer to reply privately, drop us a line via the Discovery Centre form

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Janet 24 November, 2012 09:11
I love the museums where some of the vast collections are shown, but this is just the tip of the iceberg, I think that it would be great to see a focus on the whole collection, so people understand more about the collecting, storing, and researching functions, and how things are collected, then put together for display, how decisions are made, it can sometimes seem a bit as if the three display sites are the museum, this is far from the case
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Marion 16 November, 2012 21:57
I want a David Munro and Co. exhibition - part of an exhibition looking at colonial Victorian and Melbourne landmark constructions and the boom, like bridges and the 1888 exhibition. Munro's was a cracker of a story, which I have been learning about through researching my great-grandfather who worked for the company (Thomas Gideon Northey). Munro was at the helm of such enormous workforces, numerous dubious banking escapades, and involved with the society names of the time, including his father the Premier, James Munro, and the Lady Mayoress. Talk about from rags to riches to rags!
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B Zhang 16 November, 2012 21:42
I love the Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum and see them as important institutions in Melbourne's history, future and identity. I used to visit one of those two sites every month as a uni student and the collections informed much of my studies. I love that you give free access to students and for that I'm very grateful. I am now a member and find the entry price point for membership very accessible. LOVE the SmartBar events and am delighted to see the number of young adults attend. I feel that the museum is perceived as a children's institution - rightly or wrongly - but the common perception is there. I often have to explain at length to friends (late 20s) why I love going and have a membership. I don't think enough people know about the fascinating displays in the Melbourne Story gallery space - stories about the Slums, Cole's Book Arcade and Victoria's lunatic asylums - and that's a shame because they are fascinating and relevant chapters in our history. It's unfortunate that many young adults and people without families perceive the museum is just about dinosaurs, giant whales and statues of naked old people (informed largely by their last visit when they were in grade 4). The Melbourne Museum is ambitious in that it tries to do a lot - natural history, Koori culture, Marvellous Melbourne - but this needs to be communicated and marketed effectively, outside of school holidays and families. To tell the stories of contemporary Melbourne, the museum should consider doing temporary exhibits, shows and events outside of the museum building and all across the city to engage a wider and broader audience. Lastly, the Immigration Museum is the best museum in the country in my opinion and we should be shouting this from the rooftop.
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Lana 16 November, 2012 14:49
I agree. I feel the Museum has a 'family' focus - lots for my kids to see and do, which is great - but not enough depth and complexity for me as an adult. I thought the iPod tour for kids in the Mespotamia exhibition was fantastic - it allowed my son to navigate his way around the exhibition at a level which engaged him but left me free to read the more detailed information about the exhibits. I do love the winter blockbuster exhibition - the kids look forward to it and it is a great event in our family calendar. Keep them coming! The only other thing I would say is that I am often out off by the activities designed just for kids - they take place during the school holidays and are so crowded that it just becomes unpleasant and hard to participate. More children's activities spread more evenly throughout the year - not just in peak times - would be great.
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Diana 16 November, 2012 12:34
I think the museum is great, I feel my children enjoy it even more that I did as a child!! However, I feel that alot of the explanations on exhibits are 'dumbed down' so much that adults like my husband and I miss out on opportunities to learn. Maybe have two explanations where one goes into greater detail. Even as a child I enjoyed reading the explanations that went into more detailed explantions.
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