New exhibition delves deep into the natural world

22 July 2022

Melbourne Museum has unveiled another cutting-edge exhibition, with Tyama: A deeper sense of knowing bringing an immersive exploration of First People’s knowledge and the wonders of nature.

people standing in colourful artwork
Tyama. Photo Eugene Hyland

Taking over the museum’s 1,000 square metre Touring Hall, Tyama – pronounced ‘Chah-muh’, the Keerray Woorroong language word ‘to know’ – combines large-scale multimedia projections with fauna from Museums Victoria’s collections and mesmerising soundscapes.

Developed in collaboration with Keerray Woorroong knowledge holders Yoolongteeyt Dr Vicki Couzens and Yaraan Bundle, Tyama incorporates First Peoples storytelling to convey the link between land, language, and culture.

Through immersive and interactive digital technology, visitors will be able to direct night-time worlds and unlock stories told from the perspective of the creatures we share the sky, sea and land with.

In reawakening visitors’ connection to nature, Tyama also provides an insight into the way First Peoples of Australia continue to relate to the natural world.

The exhibition opens as Melbourne Museum enjoys a huge year of new exhibitions and attractions, backed by the Victorian Government, including the record-setting Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs exhibit, Open Horizons: Ancient Greek Journeys and Connections which runs until 14 August, and the new Gandel Gondwana Garden set to open later in 2022.

These offerings have seen visitors flock back to Melbourne Museum, contributing to the cultural reactivation of the city and its visitor economy.

Tyama: A deeper sense of knowing will be on display from 22 July 2022 until 29 January 2023 at Melbourne Museum. For tickets and more information, visit museumsvictoria.com.au