The University of Melbourne owns over 30 Cultural Collections. The origins of some lie in the earliest years of the University's establishment in the 1850s, while regular new acquisitions keep the collections dynamic and relevant to the University's mission.

The Cultural Collections embody the history of many of the academic disciplines taught at the University of Melbourne, including law, classics, history, languages, medicine, dentistry, botany, zoology, physics, fine arts, music and engineering. Object types include rare books and manuscripts, paintings, sculptures, archives, photographs, medical and dental implements, scientific apparatus, musical instruments, mineral, plant and animal specimens, and ethnographic and archaeological artefacts.

The University encourages the use of the Collections by students, staff and the wider community, whether for research, teaching and learning or engagement.

A to Z list of collections

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Explore the diverse collections of cultural material held in the University of Melbourne's Special Collections, Libraries and Museums, from original Rembrandt prints to botanical specimens collected by Joseph Banks during Cook's initial East Coast voyages.

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