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The Tyama Exhibit is a Multisensory Dive into Nature at the Melbourne Museum

Opening on Friday 22 July at Melbourne Museum is an exciting and brand new exhibition called Tyama – a Multisensory experience that will give exhibition goers a deeper sense of knowing.

Inside the exhibit, you’ll get the chance to explore, play and bring to life some untold stories through six extraordinary digital environments.

Tyama exhibition at Melbourne Museum. Photography EugeneHyland

Tyama Melbourne Museum 

Transporting you to Victoria’s nocturnal worlds through immersive 360-degree responsive projections, breathtaking effects and exquisite soundscapes, TYAMA is an experience that will explore stories inspired by the environment and knowledge of the First Peoples.

Tyama exhibition at Melbourne Museum. Photography EugeneHyland

In the Keerray Woorroong language, Tyama (Chah-muh) is a verb that means ‘to know.’ And just like the title of the exhibit, the other worldly event will take guests on a journey to know, not just with our minds, but with our whole being, insight into the way First Peoples of Australia relate to ‘Belonging’ in the natural world.

Tyama exhibition at Melbourne Museum. Photography EugeneHyland

To convey the intertwining connection between land, language and culture, the exhibition incorporates The First Peoples' storytelling all while blending in physical and digital mediums to create an unmissable museum experience that reawakens our connection to the natural world.

How are they able to do this you might ask? Well, the exhibit uses cutting-edge interactive digital technology that will get visitors to activate and control the night-time worlds to animate spaces and reveal stories as they go. 

Tyama exhibition at Melbourne Museum. Photography EugeneHyland

The perspectives will come from the amazing creatures that share with us the sky, sea and land.

The exhibit also allows guests the opportunity to see from the perspectives of the animals in each environment. Some of these perspectives are:

  • Chase pheromones with moths.
  • Use sound to see like a bat.
  • Learn from fish to sense without touch.
  • And swim with whales to discover the songlines that connect us all.
Tyama exhibition at Melbourne Museum. Photography EugeneHyland

‘I hope people are inspired to realise that every rock, insect, plant and 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.’ – Yoolongteeyt Dr Vicki Couzens.

Tyama will be joining the new exhibition Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs and the recently announced Gandel Gondwana Garden as one of three major projects that deliver world-leading experiences at Melbourne Museum for audiences from across Victoria and beyond. This is an exciting opportunity for visitors to learn more about these amazing creatures and their place in our planet's history.

Explore Tyama

If you want a deeper experience, check out Explore Tyama where you'll get to learn more about the real animal behind the animations in Sky and Earth Country, Sea Country and Whale Dreaming; go on an audio adventure feature where you'll get to see the world through sound; embark on a Melbourne Museum adventure; meet the storytellers behind the exhibition and more.

Check out the page to expand on your Tyama visit.

Explore Tyama
Explore Tyama

Tyama Adventure Trail

Doe the thought of an adventure excite you? Then you'll love this!

Taking from what you've encountered in the exhibition, go on a journey as you explore the themes, objects, and connections with the incredible animals by following the Tyama Adventure Trail around the Melbourne Museum.

How does it work? All you have to do is click the + signs on the virtual map to find out about other amazing animals and objects to see during your visit to Melbourne Museum.

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Tyama Adventure Trail

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In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community.

We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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