A National Museum

22 February 2021 – ongoing
Library, Level 1

A display realised by Old Quad with thanks to The Tiegs Museum, The Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, and The F.A. Singleton Earth Sciences Collection.

Viewing by appointment only.

Old Quad has functioned in many different capacities over the last 160 years. In one of its many iterations, the Old Quad housed the National Museum of Victoria between 1856-1863. Championed by original professor, Sir Frederick McCoy KCMG FRS (1817 – 1899), the University’s Collection rapidly grew including items from the areas of zoology, mining technology, geology and agriculture, which today form part of the earliest Cultural Collections for The University of Melbourne.

This display embraces not only the history of The Museum at Old Quad, but this moment as a pivotal spark towards a legacy of University-wide collecting. Today the Cultural Collection is one of the largest and most significant collections in Australia, representing 60 000 years of Indigenous knowledge, 200 years of engaging with European heritage, and generations of migrant stories up to and including the present day.