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National Museum of Australia / Art Exhibitions Australia

Engaged as Principal Contractor we designed and built the entire touring apparatus. Achieving touring show flexibility with high level of electronic security.

The new National Museum, Canberra.

Client Brief: 

To design and build a 'block buster', curtain raising exhibition for the opening of the new National Museum of Australia.

Project Detail:

A 1000 square metre new, untested gallery with one curved wall and a sloping end wall in direct contrast to the second and final site in the new Melbourne Museum. The subjects were, two-dimensional art, decorative arts from around the world and a strong Australian Gold fields interpretive narrative.

The exhibition structure was designed to fit two sites with the layout influenced by the position of floor service grids. Both sites have 7 to 10 metre high ceilings so the exhibition structure is 3,600 high with two major vertical elements to effectively use the volume of the gallery spaces. A significant portion of the budget was allocated to sophisticated alarm systems to protect the significant valued collection.

Current Status:
Opened by the Prime Minister on 11 March, 2001.

Capital Project Cost: $1,400,000 plus relocation costs.

Visitation: 250,000 (six months)

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