25 September 2023

Museum collects awards for excellence

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The Australian Museum in Sydney (MA) received three major awards at the Australian Museums and Galleries Association conference in Alice Springs last week.

The awards included the Museums and Galleries National Award for Best Temporary exhibition (Level Two) and two Museums Australasia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) for MA’s new website and whale trail app.

MA was recognised for its landmark temporary exhibition GADI, with First Nations Curator, Laura McBride and Archaeologist, Courtney Marsh accepting on behalf of the Elders and community who shared their knowledge.

Director and Chief Executive of MA, Kim McKay (pictured) said GADI broke ground and challenged the dominant concepts of roles, gender and societal notions of pre-colonisation Australia.

“Its legacy continues to inform how we engage and work together with First Nations communities,” Ms McKay said.

She said MA’s recently launched new website won the MAPDA Award for Best Website.

“Receiving more than 11 million online visitors to the site each year, the Australian Museum’s website is a dynamic hub with information about its collections and research, world-class exhibitions and events, and detailed resources for schools,” Ms McKay said

“The museum also won the National Museum Design Award for best app for its whale trail app, recently developed to complement its temporary exhibition, Whales|Tohora.”

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