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Australian Museum secures three major awards 

Australian Museum secures three major awards 
May 17, 2019

The Australian Museum has secured three major museum awards including the Museums & Galleries National Award for Best Temporary exhibition (Level 2) and two Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) for its new website and whale trail app.

Announced at an awards ceremony in Alice Springs during the Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) National Conference this week, Sydney's Australian Museum was recognised for its landmark temporary exhibition GADI. First Nations Curator Laura McBride and Archaeologist Courtney Marsh accepted the award on behalf of the Elders and community who shared their knowledge with the AM and its audiences.

GADI exhibition Curator, Laura McBride explained “we are facilitators, but it’s important we recognise the knowledge holders - Uncle Allen Madden, Uncle Chicka Madden, Aunty Julie Freeman, Uncle Steve Russell, Aunty Phyllis Stewart, Aunty Jodi Edwards, Aunty Vivienne Mason, Aunty Vicki Trindall, Aunty Leanne Mason and their children and grandchildren. Hundreds of thousands of people have been welcomed to Sydney City by Gadigal elders but very few know what Gadigal means or represents.

“We were born on Gadigal country and feel honoured to help facilitate their voices so that they can, for the first time, represent themselves and their cultures within the Museum,” added Courtney Marsh, archaeologist."

Australian Museum Director and Chief Executive, Kim McKay stated “GADI broke ground and challenged the dominant concepts of roles, gender and societal notions of pre-colonisation Australia, and its legacy continues to inform how we engage and work together with First Nations communities."

The Australian Museum’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 AM’s website is a dynamic hub with information about its collections and research, world-class exhibitions and events, and detailed resources for schools.

The redevelopment of the website was a complex project managed by the Australian Museum’s Digital Experience team, led by Megan Lawrence, working closely with the Interaction Consortium digital design and development agency.

The Australian Museum also won the national museum design award for best app for its whale trail app, recently developed to complement the Australian Museum’s temporary exhibition Whales|Tohora. The free game mobile app, developed with mobile app company Beaconmaker, takes users on a museum-wide interactive adventure, bringing various whale specimens on display around the Australian Museum to life and providing fun facts, quizzes and whale sounds.

Full list of Museums and Galleries National Awards and MAPDA winners available at

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