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Changeover of objects in the Museum's galleries

As at 30 June 2003 there were approximately 4000 objects on display in the permanent exhibition galleries and the Open Collections area of the First Australians gallery. These exhibitions are not, however, static. Objects are refreshed with new items from the Museum's collections, loan objects are replaced as agreements expire and new loan agreements negotiated. This involves considerable work for staff, including research and writing of text, locating suitable replacement objects and images and preparing objects for display.

There has been a major changeover of objects in the permanent exhibition areas this year, with almost 14 per cent of objects replaced. The number of objects replaced in each gallery were:

First Australians 81
Horizons 110
Tangled Destinies 24
Eternity 25
Nation 34
Total number of objects replaced

274