TYAMA – A Multi-Sensory Country Experience Opens at Melbourne Museum

A first museum exhibition and an unmissable experience, Tyama: a deeper sense of knowledge is now open at the Melbourne Museum.

Developed by Museums Victoria exclusively for the Melbourne Museum, this multi-sensory digital experience takes visitors on a journey through Victoria’s nightscapes through the eyes of creatures with whom we share the country.

A museum exhibition that goes off the beaten track, Tyama positions both objects and visitors as protagonists in diverse worlds of stories informed by First Nations knowledge and Museum Victoria’s collections.

The word Tyama is the Keerray Woorroong language word which means “to know”. It is about knowing, not only with our mind but with our whole body and all our senses. He recognizes that knowledge is precious, it is acquired through deep engagement with the world around us.

A unique museum exhibit that uses technology on an unprecedented scale, Tyama features interactive worlds that respond to movement and sound, offering visitors the opportunity to take an active role in shaping their own experience.

With responsive floor-to-ceiling projections and cinematic soundscapes, visitors will be physically and emotionally immersed in Victoria’s landscapes and experience the beauty of nature on a grand scale.

Fusing state-of-the-art technology with wondrous objects from Museums Victoria’s collections to bring the natural world to life, visitors will wander through extraordinary multi-sensory digital environments.

The exhibition features some of Victoria’s largest screens with 47 projectors and 80 speakers to immerse visitors in worlds usually imperceptible to humans.

In Tyamasoar into the sunset and experience the breathtaking color and beauty of the world through the eyes of moths, travel through caves lit by your own echolocation, visit the shallows of the ocean while let the fish follow you, explore haunting kelp forests, swim with whales, and stand in the presence of epic songlines that connect us all.

As we awaken to the stories of the natural world, we awaken to our own. We honor our own senses so we can truly find Tyamaa deeper understanding of our place in nature.

“Informed by the knowledge of the First Peoples, Tyama is a multi-sensory nature experience that reimagines what a museum exhibit can be, using new perspectives to deepen our connection to the natural world,” said Lynley Crosswell, Director and CEO of Museums Victoria.

“This amazing exhibition is a profound way for Victorians to gain a deeper understanding of First Peoples knowledge and their connection to nature, while exploring their own connection to the natural world,” said the Minister for Creative Industries , Steve Dimopoulos, MP.

“From ancient Greece to ancient dinosaurs, Melbourne is home to some of the most extraordinary museum experiences in the world and Tyama will add another exciting exhibit to Victoria’s must-see attractions.

Developed in conjunction with Keerray Citizens Woorroong Yoolongteeyt Dr. Vicki Couzens and Yaraan Bundle, the experience is guided by First Peoples practices of embodied learning and respect for nature.

Tyama will awaken our senses and remind us that each animal has something to teach us and a story to tell through Indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing. Through this experience, we encourage visitors to take care of the country,” said Yoolongteeyt Dr Vicki Couzens.

“We hope people will be inspired to know that every rock, insect, plant and person has a place to belong in nature. To be part of a country is to be part of a big family and we all have a responsibility to take care of our family – our countries.

The recently announced Saturday sessions will begin at the Melbourne Museum from Saturday July 30; the doors will remain open until 9:00 p.m. on a Saturday of each month so that visitors can experience the best of the museum after dark.

Explore Tyama: a deeper sense of knowledge along with the rest of the Museum of Melbourne’s extraordinary collections and exhibits, enjoy DJ sets, a pop-up bar, curator talks, performances and more.

Tyama joined Triceratops: the fate of the dinosaurs and the recently announced Gandel Gondwana Garden as one of three major projects, supported by the Government of Victoria, that provide world-class experiences at the Melbourne Museum for audiences in Victoria and beyond.


Tickets for Tyama: a deeper sense of knowledge are now available and must be pre-booked as entry to the exhibition is timed. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.museumsvictoria.com.au for more details.

Image: Tyama: a deeper sense of knowledge – photo by Eugene Hyland

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