Behind the Scenes | Conservation Lab Tour

MV Members only event

Past Event: 12 November 2014 to 13 November 2014

conserving a taxidermy bird
Source: Museum Victoria

Want to see what’s behind locked doors at Museum Victoria?

Museum Victoria’s conservators have the enormous task of preserving over 16 million objects and specimens. They analyse the significance of the object’s cultural and scientific context as well as its social, historical, and aesthetic value. They also work to preserve and slow the process of deterioration ensuring objects are kept for generations to come.

This behind the scenes tour takes you to the Museum Victoria laboratory where objects are assessed and preserved for collection and exhibition. Meet the conservators to hear first-hand how this work is done.

Conservator Helen Privett says “we treat everything from the tiniest bugs to the biggest horse-drawn carriages, and whale skeletons all the way through to medals and coins. So there’s always diversity and it’s always interesting.”

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Photograph of a yellow plastic Tyranasaurus Rex