SmartBar at Melbourne Museum

by Linda Sproul
Publish date
21 February 2012
Comments (6)

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Source: Museum Victoria

On March 1, Melbourne Museum will be presenting SmartBar – an evening event for adults featuring talks by museum scientists and interactive experiences.

As part of the event, the dissection of a road-killed bird will occur to demonstrate how Museum Victoria researchers study these sorts of animals that are brought in by concerned members of the public. This process increases our understanding of animal health, diet, welfare and conservation. The information we gain from this type of research is critical for our understanding of issues that impact Victorian fauna such as climate change and human activities.

SmartBar will provide Museum Victoria a chance to introduce people to the work of the museum, first hand. Beyond our exhibitions, we undertake important and ongoing research to learn more about our fauna, with a view to helping inform its conservation into the future. At SmartBar, we're giving people a chance to learn about some of that work and meet some of our staff in an informal setting. We're hoping this attracts an audience who would not normally attend Melbourne Museum so they too can become passionate, informed and respectful of Victoria and Australia's wildlife.

In earlier communications we described the event in a way which was misinterpreted by some readers. We apologise for any confusion or anxiety this may have caused and would like to thank everyone who has given us feedback on the SmartBar event.



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Erika 21 February, 2012 18:09
This sounds like an awesome event! I also love the scientific esque drawings you are using for marketing the event.
Daniel 22 February, 2012 02:57
What a pathetic and shallow marketing ploy! The best bit is that you are trying to fob it off as an educational experience. Show some class you are the Melbourne Museum for crying out loud. By all means attract the younger demographics but don’t use such a debased gimmick. It is a weak minded idea that will only attract weak minded people. If you are serious about the educational goal then just use a video if you need to be graphic. There is no need to disrespect the remains of the bird. You are just teaching people that it is okay to use animals as a tool or worse, as a stage prop.
TG 22 February, 2012 12:05
The whole thing sounds amazing and we're really looking forward to it - we have our tickets already. At last, some genuine adult sciency stuff at the museum we can get to! Can we take photos of staff doing their work?
Thea 27 February, 2012 10:55
(Reply to Daniel's comment on 22/2) I'd like to add my support and enthusiasm to this event. I attended Scienceworks 'Big Kids Night Out' and the interative presentations were the most valuable part of the event. I am especially eager to see the interactive elements of the SmartBar, and especially bring friends who might not have studied biology or had a chance to see the inner workings of a bird. Its facinating stuff, that I beleive everyone should get the oppertunity to see. I don't beleive Melbourne Museum should have to so fervently justify dissection for educational purposes. I have full trust in the Museum for going through the proper ethics and permit proceedures for collection, display and utilisation of a specimin. I've taught first year uni biology for 4 years and the education gained by first hand experience is invaluable compared to a video. With regard to the suggestion of theatrics, I am yet to see a student use their dissection as a 'stage prop' and am genuinely concerned that Daniel beleives the museum staff (or anyone for that matter) wouldn't treat a specimen with anything but respect. I for one congratulate the Museum for bringing such a varied program to the public.
Anna 27 February, 2012 21:57
wonderful, i'm so glad that the public can have the opportunity to observe such an amazing process in such an informative and respectful way, hopefully it can eradicate some of the unreasoned bias out there. i only hope that i can still get tickets :)
Caz 13 March, 2012 11:38
When's the next one? We had so much fun!
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