Behind the Scenes | Live Exhibits Tour

MV Members only event

Past Event: 12 November 2014 to 13 November 2014

back of house with live exhibits
Source: Museum Victoria

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

Ever wondered how the museum maintains live plant and animal displays in the Forest Gallery, Milarri Garden, Bugs Alive!, Marine Life and 600 Million Years? Come and meet the Live Exhibits team made up of horticulturalists and animal keepers who look after living displays across Melbourne Museum.

In order to keep live displays, breeding and back-up populations are maintained in a series of climate controlled rooms. Live exotic tarantulas are maintained in high security quarantine-approved containment rooms. In addition, a small range of reptiles which are habituated to gentle handling are maintained for use in museum programs.

Visit these climate controlled rooms, where many of the animals are kept. Hear from Live Exhibits staff and find out about the plants and animals in the collection and on display.

Please note - you may come across live spiders, snakes, lizards and other creatures on this tour.

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