Phar Lap Reunion

Past Event: 16 September 2010 to 30 January 2011

Phar Lap's skeleton
Phar Lap's skeleton
Source: Museum Victoria
Photographer: Heath Warwick

See Phar Lap's skeleton on display next to his hide.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Melbourne Cup, Melbourne Museum is displaying Phar Lap’s hide and skeleton together for the first time in almost 80 years. The skeleton is on loan from Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington, providing a unique opportunity to view this wonder-horse of the 1930s almost in his entirety.

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emily 19 September, 2010 10:33
i love par lap so much
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Wildthing#333 22 September, 2010 19:03
Phar Lap is amazing!
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Claire 24 September, 2010 13:53
Saw the skeleton in Wellington. Awesome to have it here!
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Janice 1 October, 2010 23:02
I've been a Phar Lap fan here in Adelaide for over 30 years! I've seen his body many times, and his heart once, but I'm looking forward to seeing his 'frame' as well. Well done, Melbourne Museum!
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Jenelle 6 October, 2010 17:44
SEEN THE HEART ONCE HIS HIDE MANY A TIME IT IS MY FAVORITE THING TO SEE NOW THE SKELETON I CAN NOT WAIT GOT TO SEE IT FOR SURE BE THE ONLY CHANCE I DO GET TO
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jane 7 October, 2010 12:13
i love going to the museum i `ve gone to see pompai and titanic and everytime i go i have to see phar lap
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james 2 November, 2010 19:52
I love phar lap so much he/she is amazing!
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tait 5 November, 2010 14:14
phar lap is a champion. Love the Exhibit
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rose 12 November, 2010 09:52
I love phar lap so much. he is awesome and amazing!!!! :)
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Elly 12 November, 2010 09:55
phar lap i the most amazing thing i have ever seen i love him soooo much i wish he was still !!!!!!!!! xoxoxo
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Sally 8 December, 2010 22:03
I remember seeing Phar Lap as a child about the age of 5 when I lived in Melbourne. Back then I thought he was a giant of a horse. This year I took my children to see him. He is still awesome even to Gen Y, and to me. It was very special to see the reunion. Thanks team.
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Grace 11 December, 2010 18:38
I Remember seeing Phar Lap when i was young.... It was awesome...
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Nadia 13 December, 2010 16:23
Phar lap is soo cool i wish he was still here! :(
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Daria 20 February, 2011 03:30
I´ve read the book:´Roter Blitz´ by Astrid Frank. That´s amazing!!! This horse was wonderful!!! I wish I could see him, but now he is dead. Iwant to go to the vitoria museum, but I live in Germany:(
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Makala 28 March, 2011 15:17
love you Phar Lap wish u where still around :( i want to see your hide again it was amazing and i was like a gecko stuck to the glass
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CHLOE PHARLAP FAN #1 14 July, 2011 12:32
seen pharlap ............ next stop new zealand or canberra !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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kat 10 August, 2011 10:40
i love you phar lap why did you have to die on us bye love ya
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David j. Davis 1 November, 2011 08:25
Yes phar lap was a good horse I really miss him I'm crying :(
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justin 6 November, 2011 09:38
you rock phar lap
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justin 6 November, 2011 17:19
phar lap you are the best of the best of them in all hoses but in the 1930s you were the best too.
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Isobel Smith 21 November, 2011 09:27
I loved the movie about Phar Lap. But it was really sad when he died though.
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J Hood 31 December, 2011 15:36
Have seen his frame lots in New Zealand but have never seen his hide but hopefully some day the hide will come to New Zealand like the Frame went over to Australia.
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Claudia P. 1 April, 2012 06:39
I saw Phar Lap at the Melbourne Museum a couple of years ago and was awestruck by the sheer magnificence of him. He looked so realistic that I almost expected him to turn his stately head and look down at me.
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hayley Hughes 23 October, 2013 14:15
i love phar lap he was a good horse.
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Racegoer from England. 5 April, 2015 02:47
I was horrified to learn that the legendary Phar Lap after his unfortunate death, has been turned into a carny show in a museum. For Gods sake give this magnificent race horse a decent funeral, a State Funeral is worthy of him. Putting him in a glass case in a museum I find highly disrespectful to Phar Lap honour. Phar Lap belongs to all of us, and turning him into a freak show, something to gawk at, lowers is immense dignity and standing all over the world. Bury him where he belongs on Melbourne Rcecourse, near the winning post.
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Discovery Centre 5 April, 2015 11:12
Hello Racegoer - many thanks for the feedback, and we are sorry to hear that Phar Lap's mounted display has horrified you. The decision to mount and donate the hide of Phar Lap to the Museum was that of Phar Lap's owner David Davis in consultation with Harry Telford in 1932. The mounted specimen has been on near-continuous display for over 80 years, and is intended as a respectful tribute to a champion racehorse. You can read more about Phar Lap's post-death history here.
Racegoer from England 20 April, 2015 02:07
By tradition champion racehorses are buried, and your Museum Officials should have refused the donation and gone out of their way to diplomatically suggest to the owner Mr D Davis that Phar Lap should be buried with all honours due to him, and, in an Oak warriors coffin with his name and deeds inscribed thereon. What needs to be said is: Was Phar Lap an horse or a legend, and how should his owners and handlers have acted then. Its not too late to right a wrong. In England a race horse owner called Harry Lane sold the body for dog meat of Teal the 1952 Grand National Winner for £5.00, about $10.00, the outcry lasted for months and Harry Lane was persona-non-gratis (not made welcome) anywhere. Australians are legendary sportsmen worldwide so its letting them down to have its greatest racehorse in a glass case. Are you aware that in England Phar Lap is a legend also? and is listed in the top 10 racehorses of all time.
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