Happy birthday Melbourne Museum!

21 October, 2010

10th birthday door graphics
The birthday heart on the door of Melbourne Museum.
Image: Benjamin Healley
Source: Museum Victoria

Exactly ten years ago today, Melbourne Museum officially opened its doors.

Before then, the National Museum of Victoria had resided at 328 Swanston Street since 1899 alongside the State Library. It was bursting at the seams and needed a building of its own. The Carlton Gardens complex was custom-built with the museum's needs in mind, such as large exhibition galleries, climate control for conservation, easy access for exhibition development and maintenance, and modern research facilities. Over 7.5 million people have visited the museum in the past decade.

Staff marked the occasion with a birthday party this morning in the Melbourne Museum foyer, which is decorated with special birthday signs. Many of the staff attending were at the museum on day one and recall standing on the glass balcony, watching the very first visitors enter the building ten years before.

The tenth birthday celebrations include several exciting events at the museum. The fourth and final exhibition in the Science and Life Gallery redevelopment, Dynamic Earth, will open on Friday 22 October, while on Sunday 24 October, a special Community Celebration features a live ABC 774 broadcast, performances and activities. A free iPad app featuring treasures and iconic objects in the museum, Please touch the exhibit, will be available next week.

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Matthew Churchward 25 October, 2010 13:30
Actually the National Museum of Victoria was based in Russell Street, backing onto the Public Library of Victoria (now SLV). It was the Science Museum of Victoria (previoiusly the Industrial & Technological Museum, then Institure of Applied Sceince) that shared the 328 Swanston St address with the library (and until 1968 with the National Gallery of Victoria also).
Kate 8 November, 2010 13:24
Thanks for the clarifications, Matthew! A timeline of MV from 1854 to 2001 is on the A History of Museum Victoria site.
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