Guidelines for Museum Victoria Images

The Discovery Centre coordinates requests for images owned by Museum Victoria that appear in our exhibitions, publications and websites.

In 2014 and 2015, the museum is working on a major collection relocation project. While the project is underway, there is restricted access to the image collections and we may not be able to service your request.

A limited image request service for The Biggest Family Album of Australia collection is available during this period. Museum-owned images on our websites can be downloaded for research and personal use only as explained in our rights statement.

Private research and/or personal use

You may download, display and reproduce material that appears in our publications and websites in an unaltered form for your own private research and/or personal use, refer to Museum Victoria’s rights statement.

All other uses

If you plan to copy, adapt, publish, re-sell, distribute or commercialise any material contained within Museum Victoria exhibitions, publications or websites, for any purpose other than private research or personal use, you must request the permission of Museum Victoria.

How to request an image

All image requests must be received in writing. Requests can be sent by email, by post or via our online form (our contact details are below).

In order to service your request, we need to know exactly which image you are interested in and how you intend to use it. Please supply us with the following information:

  • Image reference number (if known)
  • Title/description of the image
  • Photographer’s name
  • Details of where you found the image (URL, location in an exhibition, name of publication and page number)
  • Exactly how you plan to use the image


The images that appear in Museum Victoria websites, publications and exhibitions are protected by Intellectual Property Law, which includes copyright and moral rights. Images from the Indigenous Collections are also protected by cultural rights. This may limit what can be reproduced.

Museum Victoria reserves the right to refuse any requests to copy collection items. Museum Victoria does not hold the rights to some collection items but will endeavour when possible, and in accordance with the Privacy Act 2001, to assist in clearing the rights to certain items.

Contact the Discovery Centre

Use our online form, or:

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The Discovery Centre
Melbourne Museum
Lower Ground
Carlton Gardens
Open Tues to Sat from 10am – 4.30pm
Entry is free

Write to us

The Discovery Centre
Melbourne Museum
GPO Box 666
Melbourne VIC 3001

Email us

discoverycentre@museum.vic.gov.au