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Museum Awards

From Moscow to Melbourne, innovation awards roll in for Think Ahead.

In recent days, Museum Victoria has been awarded both the world’s best and Victoria’s best for Scienceworks’ newest, permanent exhibition Think Ahead.

Last night, the exhibition won the top award in the Communication Design category at the Premier’s Design Awards in Melbourne.

And last week in Moscow, Think Ahead received the Gold Award in the Multimedia Category of the International Festival for Audiovisual and Multimedia about Patrimony (FIAMP) 2014 for the Design your future transport exhibit.

Victorian Minister for the Arts, The Hon Heidi Victoria MP said “Winning two awards in such a short space of time is outstanding. I congratulate Museum Victoria on continuing to create extraordinary exhibitions that set the standard for cultural institutions around the world.”

Dr Patrick Greene, CEO, Museum Victoria, said “Visitors to Scienceworks in Spotswood are experiencing the best the world has to offer. It is apt that an exhibition focussed on the future is awarded the global leader for its use of technology.

Think Ahead represents Scienceworks’ new direction to grow as a world-leading cultural centre, offering contemporary science through state-of-the-art, interactive digital experiences. These two awards recognise this vision,” he added. “I’m immensely proud of our exhibitions team.”

About Think Ahead:

Think Ahead encourages visitors to think about the future and their involvement in it through topics including medicine and health, cities, the environment, transport, space, music and communication.

The exhibition includes the opportunity for visitors to:

  • Redesign their bodies using cybernetics
  • Design their own 3D future city with vertical gardens and flying car factories
  • Step inside an immersive space craft experience
  • Influence others’ emotions through creating different soundscapes

Think Ahead features world-class innovations from Melbourne, including: the cochlear implant and Bionic Eye prototype; and the two-wheeled electric Holden EN-V, a concept car of the future that can drive its passengers safely to their destination.

Think Ahead was developed as part of Museum Victoria’s exhibition renewal program. The exhibition is funded by the Victorian Government and supported with funding from VicRoads.

About the awards:

The Premier’s Design Awards recognise and reward Victorian designers and businesses using exemplar design effectively and sustainably.

FIAMP is designed to promote the achievements of museums making use of new image and sound technologies. Held last week in Moscow, the awards are organised by the International Council of Museums and are judged by an international jury of experts.

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