Times, they are a changin’

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by Jo
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21 October 2012
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Things are changing down at the Melbourne Museum Discovery Centre and we thought we would let you all know what you can expect after November 1st.

Visitors looking at fossil display Visitors looking at fossil display : Discovery Centre: Melbourne Museum
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria
 

The Discovery Centre has operated at Melbourne Museum since the museum opened in 2000, functioning as a library, providing free computer and internet access and responding to visitor enquiries. We have operated the centre at Melbourne Museum with our onsite visitors in mind, providing access to the museum’s collection.  From November 1st, this is going to be changing...

Points from the Indigenous Cultures Department on display Points from the Indigenous Cultures Department on display
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria
 

We will soon become a five day per week operation, open from Tuesday until Saturday from 10am until 4.30pm. We will still provide access to the museum’s collections but we are shifting our focus to the online experience. Many of you who have used our service in the past know that we encourage our visitors to check out the Museum Victoria website, and explore the vast amount of information made available. We will continue this focus with our new operating hours.

Visitors looking at skeleton specimens Visitors looking at skeleton specimens: Discovery Centre: Melbourne Museum
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria
 

We are also removing some of the computers, the printer and photocopier, and unlimited internet access. We want to encourage people to explore the museum resources online using both the public access computers and their own devices. The WiFi in the Discovery Centre is available and we are moving the furniture around to make the space more accessible for visitors using their own devices. We are still available to accept your online enquiries, even if the doors are closed.

Specimens on display: Discovery Centre: Melbourne Museum Specimens on display: Discovery Centre: Melbourne Museum
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria
 

So, from November 1st 2012, the Melbourne Museum Discovery Centre will be open from 10am until 4.30pm Tuesday to Saturday. We will have four public access computers, and will no longer offer free printing and photocopying. We will however continue to offer a great space to explore the museum’s areas of collection and research and encourage everyone to come down and take a look at the new Discovery Centre!

NB – In order to prepare for these changes, the Melbourne Museum Discovery Centre will be closed from 2pm on 30 October and will reopen on 1 November 2012.  

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