Since its inception in 1967, the Medical History Museum has developed a diverse and varied collection of over 9,000 items encompassing documents, photographs, artifacts, ceremonial objects, medical and scientific equipment and associated research material. The collection has grown through gifts from medical graduates, families and institutions. The core of the collection began with material related to the history of the Melbourne Medical School but has expanded over the last 45 years through major gifts to encompass the history of medicine in Victoria, Australia and internationally.
Melbourne Medical School
The collection encompasses some of the first photographs taken at Melbourne University including its founding professors, buildings and students. The earliest photograph of the Medical School was taken in 1864.
The practices of early pharmacists are revealed through the glass jars, ceramic pots, carboys measures, mortar and pestles and the1847 Savory and Moore Pharmacy gifted by the Wellcome Institute.
Medicine in Society
The history of the practice of medicine encompassing quackery, public health and social history; there are documents, diplomas, illuminated addresses, other records and objects.