An image of a fossil head of a sabre tooth cat against a beige background

Sabre-toothed cat featured in Treasures of the Natural World. Photo by Eugene Hyland


Treasures of the Natural World

Date 25.06.2021 - 31.01.2022
Location Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053


Some of the world’s biggest, rarest, oldest and most fascinating treasures have landed at Melbourne Museum, all the way from London, for the whole family to enjoy.

Journey through the natural world and marvel at the objects that changed the course of scientific history.

From the unique or extremely rare to the mysterious and astonishing, get up close and personal with over 200 artefacts whose colourful stories unlock the mysteries of life. With treasures such as Charles Darwin’s personal collection that inspired his theory of evolution, and a 200 million-year-old Ichthyosaurus fossil found by English fossil collector Mary Anning when she was just 11 years old, and the biggest butterfly in the world, you’ll be inspired to see the world—our biggest treasure—in a completely different light.

About the artist

Melbourne Museum:

A visit to Melbourne Museum is a rich, surprising insight into life in Victoria. We show you Victoria’s intriguing permanent collections and bring you brilliant temporary exhibitions from near and far. You’ll see our natural environment, our cultures and our history through different perspectives.

We left our old home in the State Library Building in 1997, and into a building located in Carlton Gardens that was designed by Denton Corker Marshall. The new Melbourne Museum reopened on 21 October 2000.

Natural History Museum:

London’s Natural History Museum is in the top 5 most visited museums globally. This grand monument of curiosity is celebrated as a centre of scientific excellence in taxonomy and biodiversity. The world-famous museum promotes the discovery, protection and preservation of the natural world.


  • Treasures of the Natural World is produced and curated by the Natural History Museum, London. Melbourne Museum’s interpretation of the exhibition will be enriched by the addition of First Peoples’ narratives, which represents an important step in acknowledging the complex history of some of these objects and respecting the deep relationship First Peoples have with the natural world.