As the state's museum, Museum Victoria is responsible for more than 16 million individual items. These objects are organised within three priceless collections - Sciences, Indigenous Cultures, History & Technology.
Museum Victoria operates the Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens, Scienceworks and Melbourne Planetarium in Spotswood, and the Immigration Museum in Melbourne's Old Customs House in Flinders Street. They are also custodians for the heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building.
The National Museum of Victoria, the state's first museum, was established in 1854. In 1870, the Industrial and Technological Museum of Victoria, later known as the Science Museum, was built. These institutions were amalgamated and Museum Victoria was established in 1983, under the Museums Act.