Scientific Illustration in the Contemporary Museum

For the last 150 years Museum Victoria and its predecessors have engaged artists to illustrate the diversity of the natural world. Scientific illustration remains central to contemporary museum practice, even as it continues to evolve.

Calling on the traditions established over the last 300 years, contemporary artists use museum specimens to create finely crafted illustrations in extraordinary detail.

Questions for the classroom

Humanities Inquiry
How do new technologies contribute to the development of knowledge over time?

Science Inquiry
What scientific skills has the artist used to produce the image of the long extinct Palorchestes?

Art Inquiry
How do contemporary artists represent natural history?

How have advances in technology changed scientific illustration?