Capturing Nature: Early photography at the Australian Museum 1857–1893

Exhibition and Shows

16 Feb 2019 to 21 Jul 2019

The Australian Museum’s newest exhibition, Capturing Nature, will take you back to a time when photography was revolutionising art, science and society.

This original exhibition features beautiful, haunting and sometimes strange specimens of early experimental photography never before revealed to the public.

Taken from the AM’s extensive archival collection of glass plate negatives, the large-format photographic prints showcase the scientific discoveries of the Australian Museum scientists between the 1850s and 1890s, while also telling the story of the advent of photography in the young colony.

The images range from the initial tentative experiments in the 1850s to the time when photography was becoming an indispensable part of museum practice in the early 1890s. The subjects vary from fish specimens to mammals and megafauna fossils.

With rich, silvery, large-format prints, period cameras and showcasing some of the original skeletons and taxidermied animals featured in the photographs, Capturing Nature brings to life the story of one of humankind’s greatest inventions and a Victorian obsession with immortality.

Visit the Australian Museum website to find out more and book your tickets now!


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Event Times

16 Feb 2019 to 21 Jul 2019

Daily Event


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