Museums Australia (Victoria) offers an annual program of events, workshops, seminars and forums. 

Viewing events in the month of November. View all or browse the calendar by date.

The Great Museum Debate

Thu 02 Nov, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us in the Great Museum Debate as we discuss the contentious topic ‘Museums Are Boring.' This is your chance to watch museum professionals deliberate their own existence, and watch comedians expose fabulous and ridiculous museum experiences. Post-debate socialising and further arguments will be held downstairs at the Moat bar and restaurant. Don't miss out on this invigorating and enjoyable event.

Speakers include: 

Patrick Watt, Programs Director and funny man, Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

Gabriella Coslovich, ‎Freelance writer, editor and media consultant and author of Whiteley on Trial.

Murphy Peoples, Experience Developer, Exhibitions, Museums Victoria and public transport knitter.

Tegan Higginbotham, Comedian, Actor, Writer, Lover of sports and chocolate.  

Paul Bowers, Director of Exhibitions & Collections, ACMI. Dislike’s simplistic summaries.


Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Members $28.00
Non-members $28.00
Students $20.00

Victorian Collections Day

Tue 14 Nov, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A full day of information and workshops aimed at the community collecting sector to help you achieve the best care for your collection.

Hear from museum and gallery industry experts on topics including collection management, conservation and exhibition skills. Talks will cover ways to approach these topics with small budgets in mostly volunteer organisations, ideal for the small-medium groups who use VC to catalogue their collections.

Confirmed Speakers:

Catherine Forge (Curator, Museums Victoria): Keynote address - The Invisible Farmer Project and the Women of the Land exhibition

Lorenzo Iozzi (Senior Collection Manager, Images, Museums Victoria): Caring for photographic collections

Rachael Cottle (Postgraduate student, Deakin University): Curating a VC Story

Kitty Owens (Exhibition Services Manager, Museums Australia (Victoria)): Funding and quick tips for grant writing


Topics to be confirmed:

Developing volunteer projects

Attracting visitors through Open House programs

Developing displays

Understanding significance


Morning and afternoon tea provided. B.Y.O Lunch. 


Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3000
Members $20.00
Non-members $30.00
Students $20.00
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Victorian Collections Cataloguing Workshop – Melbourne

Tue 21 Nov, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This hands-on workshop provides an introduction to the principles of digitisation and collection management.  Participants will learn how to catalogue collection items using the free, online and custom-built Victorian Collections cataloguing system.  

Victorian Collections workshops offer a relaxed and open environment and cater for participants with any degree of museum and computer literacy, as well as ongoing cataloguing support for community museums, and small and medium collections.

Morning tea and lunch are provided. Please advise of any dietary requirements when booking.


Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson St
Carlton VIC 3053
Members $10.00
Non-members $20.00

Travellers Tales

Thu 23 Nov, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Three GLAM professionals share their insights and experiences visiting international museums and galleries this year. They hold nothing back to tell us what they loved and loathed and their presentations are designed to inspire, educate and inform. This evening includes an introductory tour of the Islamic Museum of Australia and light refreshments.



Islamic Museum of Australia

VIC 3072
Members $10.00
Non-Members $15.00