Posted on 24. May, 2010 in Victoria

Museum Victoria has beaten out museums from across the globe to take out a sought-after international accolade for the cutting-edge new technology in Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world.

Arts Minister Peter Batchelor said Museum Victoria had received a coveted Gold MUSE Award from the American Association of Museums, which celebrate innovation and creativity in exhibition design and presentation.

Entries are submitted from major museums and art galleries all over the world.

“Museum Victoria took the top award in the Interpretive Interactive Installations category, beating out two US organisations, Jimmy Carter Library and Museum and the Museum of Jewish Heritage,” Mr Batchelor said.

“It is wonderful that the eyes of the world are on Museum Victoria, whose staff constantly strive to develop new ways for visitors of all ages to experience and engage with their collections and exhibitions.

“Museum Victoria, which runs Melbourne Museum, received the Gold MUSE award for the Panoramic Navigator, an interactive screen-based viewfinder specially developed for the Wild exhibition.

“The technology gives visitors a chance to explore and learn more about the animal kingdom.”

Mr Batchelor said Museum Victoria staff worked with local technology and exhibitions company, Megafun, to develop the Panoramic Navigator.

“The Panoramic Viewfinder is truly cutting edge. By simply touching the screen, visitors can rotate and turn the navigator to explore a panoramic view of the animals on display. By touching an image of an animal, visitors can discover exciting facts, look at a 360° picture, or view movies – all which can be downloaded to a phone,” he said.

Mr Batchelor said the Panoramic Viewfinder was just one way the Melbourne Museum has used digital technology to bring exhibitions to life.

Museum Victoria chief executive officer Dr Patrick Greene said Museum Victoria was very proud to receive international recognition for its interactive technologies.

“The Panoramic Navigator takes visitors on a journey beyond the traditional museum display. It provides a sophisticated but simple and enjoyable system for accessing additional information on each and every one of the mounted specimens in the exhibition.”

Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world features a display of more than 780 birds, mammals and reptiles found in different parts of the world. The exhibition looks at the critical issues of biodiversity and the changing environment.  Since opening in November 2009, the exhibition has also received an Australian Interior Design Award and an ECO-Buy award.

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