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Melbourne Museum
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Carlton, Victoria, 3053
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Why Models Work

Museum Lectures are back - online! In celebration of our newest exhibition, Mini Mega Model Museum, we're 'Zoom'ing in on the fascinating world of models.

This series of Zoom-hosted live lectures features curators, collection managers and conservators presenting detailed studies of models in the exhibition. Each edition explores the models in more detail from the experts who care for them and use them in their work.

Register online to receive your Zoom invite and a link to a virtual walk-through of the Mini Mega Model Museum exhibition.

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Upcoming lectures

Why Models Work – The First Peoples Edition

Wednesday 29 April, 6pm–7pm | Free: Online

This First Peoples edition presents models from the Society and Technology and First Peoples collection that have big stories. From intricate hand-woven Gunditjmara baskets that are the size of a fingernail to a model of Captain Cook’s Cottage made of icing sugar, what big histories do these objects hold and what do they mean to First Peoples today?

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Why Models Work - Animal, Mineral, Vegetable Edition

Wednesday 20 May, 6–7pm | Free: Online

Delicate glass sea creatures, realistic gold nuggets and a colourful wire virus protein are just a few of the items on display in the Mega  Mini Model Museum exhibition. In this lecture the origins of these intriguing science-based models will be explained.

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Why Models Work - Technology

Wednesday 17 June, 6–7pm | Free: Online

Hear from the people who research, care for and activate the museums technology models on display in Mini Mega Model Museum.

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Why Models Work – The Dinosaur Edition

Wednesday 15 July, 6–7pm

Join Senior Curator Thomas Rich presenting two centuries of changing ideas about the dinosaur Iguanodon; it’s an intriguing story of discovery and re-interpretation.

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Why Models Work – The Makers Edition

Wednesday 19 August, 6–7pm

Museums Victoria has been making models ‘in-house’ since 1854. Come and hear how and why in this the last lecture focusing on Mini Mega Model Museum.

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Past lectures

Why Models Work – The History Edition

Wednesday 18 March, 6pm–7.30pm | Recording to be released at a later date

Museums Victoria Curators present models from the History Collection; the massive handmade doll house ‘Pendle Hall’, the nineteenth century Colosseum model fashioned from cork and a poignant collection of Trench Art from WW1.

Journey to Pluto: An evening with Alice Bowman, NASA New Horizons Mission Operations Manager

Monday, 4 November 2019 from 6.30pm-9pm




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  • Wednesday, 18 November, 2020