Melbourne Museum’s new exhibition will immerse you in Victoria’s nocturnal world

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Melbourne Museum have announced their new exhibition 'Tyama: A Deeper Sense of Knowing' - an immersive journey into Victoria's vibrant nocturnal world

Melbourne Museum’s new exhibition, Tyama: A Deeper Sense of Knowing is a digital multisensory experience that promises to take visitors on an immersive journey into Victoria’s vibrant nocturnal world, from the night sky, through caves to shallow water and into the deep blue sea.

Grounded by First Peoples practices of embodied learning, Tyama is an immersive exhibition experience that transforms the museum’s 1,000m2 Touring Hall space into an interactive nocturnal wonderland through large-scale multimedia projections, objects from Museums Victoria’s collections, soundscapes and visually stunning imagery.

What you need to know

  • Melbourne Museum have announced new exhibition Tyama: A Deeper Sense of Knowing 
  • It’s a 360-degree interactive multimedia exhibition in the museum’s 1,000 square-metre Touring Hall
  • It will open on July 22, 2022

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The idea is both to educate about the unique knowledge First Nations people possess of the natural world, and to reimagine how visitors engage and interact with the natural world and the museum experience.

Tyama (chah-muh) is the Keerray Woorroong language verb ‘to know’. It is about knowing, not just with our minds, but with our whole being, and Melbourne Museum are using it to provide an insight into the way First Peoples traditionally related to the concept of ‘belonging’ in the natural world. This exhibition was developed in collaboration with Keerray Woorroong citizens Yoolongteeyt Dr Vicki Couzens and Yaraan Bundle, and incorporates First Peoples storytelling to convey the inextricable link between land, language, and culture.

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It aims to do this through the implementation of cutting-edge interactive digital technology. Visitors to Melbourne Museum will activate and control the night-time worlds themselves, animating spaces and revealing stories as they go, from the perspective of the creatures we share the sky, sea and land with.

360-degree interactive projections and otherworldly soundscapes have been designed to immerse visitors in a full-bodied, multisensory environment, taking an active part in their own experience with opportunities to play and interact, and discover objects from the museum collection, or simply stand back in awe.

Yoolongteeyt Dr Vicki Couzens explained: “Tyama is a chance for people to experience Indigenous ways of Being, Knowing and Doing and take their place as a Guardian of Country. By journeying through the perspectives of animals we share Country with, we re-awaken our senses and are reminded that every animal has something to teach us, a story to tell.

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“I hope people are inspired to realise that every rock, insect, plant, person has a place of Belonging in nature. That being a part of Country is being a part of one great family and we all have a responsibility to care for our family, our Country.”

Creative industries minister Danny Pearson added: “First Peoples have a deep and profound understanding of the Victorian environment, developed over tens of thousands of years. Tyama delves into that knowledge and explores humanity’s place within the natural world. Combining ancient learnings with the latest technology, this exhibition creates an engaging and educational experience that will transport and delight visitors”

Tyama will join the Museum’s latest exhibition, which opened in March 2022, Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs and the recently announced Gandel Gondwana Garden as one of three major projects operating concurrently. In addition, Open Horizons: Ancient Greek Journeys is currently running at the Museum.