Meet museum scientists and discover rare collections
Celebrating International Museums Day , Melbourne Museum will be running a very special behind-the-scenes program on Sunday 17 May, allowing visitors to discover the curiosities found in Museum Victoria's collection.
Science on Show will showcase some of the rarest and most fascinating species displayed in the Museum, with Museum Victoria scientists sharing insightful stories linked to the unique collection; the scientists will also be on hand to answer any questions throughout the day.
The theme of the day; Exploring Victoria, Discovering the World, , will include experts in the fields of palaeontology, marine biology, herpetology, birds and mammals, entomology, live exhibits, and mineralogy.
Science on Show brings forth items from Museum Victoria's extensive collection, many of which are rarely seen by the public.
Some of the unique pieces that will be on show for public viewing on International Museums Day will include a butterfly collected in China in 1742 - the oldest known non-fossilised natural history specimen in an Australian collection.
Dinosaur fans won't be disappointed, with Paleontologists exhibiting the skull of a mosasaur, a sea-giant relative of the goanna, and a complete skeleton of a 30-million-year-old predatory beast that holds a surprising secret. Both specimens will be on display for the very first time in Australia.
In terms of insects, Entomologists will be talking about the incredible 30cm long centipede that survived on a diet of bats, and the mammalogy department will be discussing their research of the endangered Leadbeater's possum.
Bird lovers will enjoy the ornithology team's display of bird choruses taken at dawn and dusk around Victoria, and a rather exciting moment for superhero fans; visitors will be able to hold a 'kryptonite'; a new mineral called jadarite which happens to be the same composition of the fabled mineral found on Superman's home planet, Krypton.
Visitors will be introduced to some live exhibits that inhibit unique scientific features including a Thorny Devil that can absorb water through its skin, leaf insects and their magnificent camouflage capabilities, scorpions that glow under UV light and pythons.
The marine sciences team will divulge some marine critters to the public, including rockpool urchins and giant deep-sea slaters, and lastly, the Museum's skilled multimedia specialists.
Don't miss this unique chance to see some of the rarest items of natural history held in Australia, between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 17 May, 2015. Entry into Science on Show will be open to everybody, with no extra cost on top of the usual Museum entry costs. Find out more here.