Treasures of the Natural World
An ornate brooch embedded with an ancient trilobite fossil. A Martian meteorite. Creatures both familiar and long extinct. Melbourne Museum’s grand new exhibition, Treasures of the Natural World, features an extraordinary array of more than 200 handpicked, priceless items drawn from the vast collection at London’s Natural History Museum.
Fanciful-sounding items in the exhibition include mockingbirds that once belonged to Charles Darwin; the Baryonyx Claw (an enormous fossil from a crocodile-like creature which stood on two legs and is thought to be 125 million years old); the biggest butterfly in the world, boasting an impressive wingspan of 30cm; a 200 million-year-old ichthyosaur, a dolphin-like creature that would have hunted the oceans that once covered Britain – and a display of exotic hummingbirds, housed in gold-gilted, glass, hexagonal cases.
Each has a story to tell about life on earth and offers a rare opportunity to learn about the personalities who discovered them and shaped our understanding of the natural world.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Museums Victoria.