The Sciences Department at Museums Victoria houses extensive natural history collections. They are grouped into the areas of Invertebrates, Entomology and Arachnology, Ichthyology, Herpetology, Ornithology, Mammalogy, Genetic and Biochemical Resources, Palaeontology and Geology. Only a very small percentage of the Natural History collections are on display at any one time. Most specimens are maintained for study by researchers in Australian and international museums, universities and other scientific organisations. In addition to its research and developing the collections, the Sciences Department works to increase the public understanding of science, including other scientific fields such as astronomy and biotechnology.

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