Australian Museum treasures come to life in a captivating new light and sound show

The 200 Treasures exhibition at the Australian Museum (AM) bursts to life with spectacular storytelling projections, Treasures Illuminated, in the Westpac Long Gallery DAILY AT 11am and 2pm from 27 November, 2018.

Through the use of dynamic digital projections: history, science and art converge in this free, daily presentation to provide an impressive audio-visual journey into the stories behind the Australian Museum’s 200 Treasures exhibition.

Australian Museum Director and CEO, Kim McKay, AO, said such emerging technologies bring us exciting new opportunities to discover our past in a way no other generation has been able to do.

“The Australian Museum is home to some of the most precious cultural and historic objects from our region.. By bringing these treasured tales to light through the use of rich, spectacular projections, we hope it will encourage all visitors to discover what was so special about our history,” McKay added.

Treasures Illuminated, presented by Westpac, will look at five core themes inspired and derived from the 200 Treasures exhibition; Earth from Space, South Pacific Ocean, Prehistoric, Beauty of Nature and Human Contribution.

Westpac Group CEO, Brian Hartzer, said Westpac Group’s partnership with the nation’s first museum recognises the importance of Australia’s rich scientific and cultural heritage.

“We’re proud to support the Australian Museum’s new visitor experience that brings to life the fascinating treasures in the Westpac Long Gallery, including Australia’s first bank note, which Westpac – then the Bank of NSW – first issued in 1817.”

Lifting the stories ‘off the pages’, narrator Tracey Holmes will reanimate the tales and facts behind these historic treasures providing a glimpse into the realm of museum collections and research.

Visitors will be ushered from the Ground Floor of the Westpac Long Gallery to the balconies of the two floors above. With a birds-eye view of the gallery below, visitors will witness a seven-minute projection using digital animation and 3D mapping, bringing to life the history, breadth and scale of our natural world.

CEO of AGB Events, Anthony Bastic said, “As creators and designers of Treasures Illuminated, we are thrilled by the Australian Museum’s willingness to rethink the museum experience, allowing us to find the stories within the objects and reinterpret them visually. By connecting the projected animations to the physical display cases, AGB Events has illuminated the historical entanglements and encouraged visitors to explore the collection more deeply.”

The visual experience is driven by multiple Panasonic 3-chip DLP Laser Projectors with Dataton Watchout multi-display software, which are installed within the Westpac Long Gallery rooftop.

General Manager – Media and Entertainment, Panasonic Australia, Peter Huljich, said: “Panasonic is synonymous with reliability and innovation, and we are delighted to bring the fascinating stories in Treasures Illuminated to life. Our latest digital projection technology will give visitors to the 200 Treasures exhibition a truly immersive and unforgettable experience from the moment they walk in.”

Treasures Illuminated is made possible through the generous support of Westpac.

Where: Westpac Long Gallery, Levels 1 and 2.
When: Daily
Time: 11am and 2pm
Tickets: Free after admission
Wheelchair access available – enquire at Admissions.

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