National Museum of Australia Director Mat Trinca at the museum in Canberra.
National Museum of Australia Director Mat Trinca at the museum in Canberra.

Australian Museum turns ‘inside out’ to share virtual content

THROUGH the new portal Australian Museum Inside Out, the nation's first museum, the Australian Museum (AM) has opened its "virtual doors".

To ensure science and culture remain accessible, it is curating virtual tours, online exhibitions, school resources, podcasts from scientists and other experts and even more for curious visitors: australianmuseum.net.au/insideout

Through a broad spectrum of content, the AM's new award-winning website offers an extraordinary world of virtual tours, online exhibitions, citizen science initiatives like FrogID, and educational activities to engage and inspire people of all ages.

"We're thrilled to be able to share our content, developed against a backdrop of 193 years of collecting, in a new virtual way through Australian Museum Inside Out, hosted on our popular website," AM director and CEO Kim McKay said.

"While people are learning from home or working remotely, Australian Museum Inside Out provides a free window into the behind-the-scenes experiences that only the AM can offer."

Curated to stimulate curiosity in all visitors, the AM's new portal is supported with detailed information and fact sheets to complement teachers and parents wanting to utilise more resources, becoming a one-stop-website for learning requirements.

Teachers, and home-schooling and supervising parents, will be able to engage with a variety of 3D images of priceless collections; witness birds-eye footage of daring expeditions; experience the very latest in scientific research and view online exhibitions, events and podcasts.

"Our digital team has turned the AM website and archives literally 'Inside Out' over the past couple of weeks ensuring access to content is easy and that each click allows you to go deeper into our resources," Ms McKay said. "And, it will be updated and added to on a regular basis."

While the Australian Museum closed its doors in August last year for the $57.5m Project Discover renovation, its 250-plus staff only moved to remote working from home three weeks ago when the impacts of COVID-19 hit Australia. The AM plans to reopen to the public in spring this year once the public are able to once again visit the state's cultural institutions and construction is completed.


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