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Understanding Museums - Australian Museums and Museology: Edited by Des Griffin and Leon Paroissien

Specimen jars and scientific slides.

Museums and science

From the arrival of Europeans a fascination with the animals of the Australian continent and adjacent islands has generated scientific research. Since the nineteenth century Australia’s natural history museums have been a principal site for the study of the diversity of animals, their relationships, and their distribution through the landscape and through time. The papers in this section explore natural history museums, science museums and science centres.

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Cite as: Des Griffin and Leon Paroissien (eds), 2011, Understanding Museums: Australian Museums and Museology, National Museum of Australia, published online at
ISBN 978-1-876944-92-6