Top awards for Museum Victoria

The World War 1: Love and Sorrow exhibition, Museum Victoria. Photo: Meredith Foley.

Museum Victoria Media Release, Top awards for Museum Victoria, 26 May 2015

Museum Victoria has won two prestigious awards that recognise creativity and innovation in exhibitions and technology at the 2015 Museums Australia Conference in Sydney.

The World War 1: Love and Sorrow exhibition now showing at Melbourne Museum received a Temporary or Travelling Exhibition Museums and Galleries National Award (MAGNA).

Another MAGNA was awarded to Museum Victoria for its Field Guide to Australian Fauna apps – a guide to the animals in each Australian state and territory – in the Interpretation, Learning and Audience Engagement category.

Dr Patrick Greene, CEO, Museum Victoria said the 2015 MAGNAS were significant national awards that recognised Museum Victoria as a leading cultural and creative institution.

“These awards are a great testament to the diversity of Museum Victoria,’’ Dr Greene said.

“They not only acknowledge our strengths in curating and staging home-grown exhibitions but also our innovative approach to enhancing our visitors’ experiences in the natural sciences.’’

Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley congratulated Museum Victoria on its latest awards.

“Museum Victoria continues to gain national and international attention for its high quality, innovative exhibitions and programs, which engage more than 1.8 million visitors each year,’’ he said.

“Museum Victoria is a critical part of our cultural economy and the Andrews Labor Government is proud to support its success. In the recent State Budget we committed $18 million over the next four years to enable Museum Victoria to continue to break new ground and deliver exciting new exhibitions and experiences to visitors at Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum.”

The 2015 MAGNAs add to an impressive list of recent international accolades for Museum Victoria which runs Scienceworks, Melbourne Museum and the Immigration Museum.

These include:

The 2015 Creative Science Exhibit Award at the Asia Pacific Network of Science and Technology Centres in Singapore for the Think Ahead exhibition at Scienceworks.

A Best of the Web (mobile application) Award at the 2015 Museums and the Web conference in Chicago for the Field Guide to Australian Fauna apps.

A 2015 Australian Interior Design Award for Installation Design for the exhibition Empty Coolamons: In Memoriam to the Stolen Generations at Melbourne Museum.

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