On show for a limited time only, Inside Out is a rare and surprising museum experience. Let’s call it a love song to Museums Victoria’s mostly unseen collection of more than 17 million objects. It’s a diverse arrangement of our most beautiful, intriguing and downright bizarre collection items, dusted off and dressed for show.
A team of curators has lovingly selected 370 extraordinary items from our vast storerooms, many on public display for the first time. Each artefact has been reimagined with unique presentation and captivating storytelling.
Suitable for adults, families and the young-at-heart, there’s not one written label here. Instead, a playful audio host or, if you’d prefer it, an informative digital guidebook will lead you through artful and surreal scenes – a campsite bathed in the moonlight of 1874, the backstage dressing room of a boisterous drag show, a hip and sparkly sushi bar and a tree which stands the test of time.
Expect to see vintage motorcycles, precious gemstones, glamorous fashion, scientific specimens, historic cameras, plus some impressive and… well, rather unfortunate taxidermy, all sound-tracked to the disco stylings of Vachel Spirason and Matthew Hadley of Melbourne band, Total Giovanni.
Inside Out is 2018’s not-to-be-missed summer experience. After February 11, the items will return to the deep, dark depths of Museums Victoria’s mysterious storerooms.
You’ll need your dancing shoes and a curious mind.