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Performance commentaries output group 1.2

Output group 1.2: National exhibitions, public programs and events - performance highlights

  • Major changeovers of objects occurred in the permanent galleries, including 25 new stories in Eternity.

  • A new exhibition, Paipa, was launched in the First Australians gallery.

  • The pilot exhibition, Melting Pots of Culture, was installed off-site at Reconciliation Place.

  • The Anzac pilgrims appeal was launched.

  • Four major temporary exhibitions were launched and four are in development.

  • The Museum's first international exhibition, Stories from Australia: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, opened in China.

  • Four travelling exhibitions opened across Australia.

  • The storytelling program for children and adults, at the Museum and outside Canberra, was a great success.

  • Sky Lounge was fully booked out.

  • 60 youth groups across Australia participated in online musters as part of the 2002 Year of the Outback.

  • 113 public lectures, forums, seminars, conferences and workshops were presented.

  • 81,748 students and 1734 schools visited the Museum on booked tours.

  • More than 1000 teachers attended professional development workshops.

  • Nine Talkback Classroom forums were held involving more than 1000 students and nine national and well-known figures.

  • Our Voices teaching resource won a national award for excellence in educational publishing and Australian History Mysteries was shortlisted for a national award.

  • The Museum was contracted to develop content for interactive online curriculum materials for primary schools.

  • The largest conference on desert archaeology ever held in Australia was attended by 90 delegates from 16 countries.

  • Over 100 volunteers dedicated more than 3000 hours of their time to Museum activities.

  • 93 per cent of the media coverage of the Museum was judged by an external consultant as favourable. The level of unfavourable coverage dropped from eight to two per cent.

  • A new sponsorship was launched with APN News and Media Ltd.

  • There was a 55 per cent increase in visits to the Museum's website.

  • The Museum was invited to advise the National Museum of World Cultures in Sweden on the development of information and communication technologies.

  • More than 825,000 people visited the Museum, with increasing numbers attending travelling exhibitions and public programs.

  • 95 per cent of visitors surveyed recorded a satisfied or very satisfied visit; a five per cent increase from last year.