Discover art, history and nature of Australia with your friends and family during MWA2015

Coming to Australia for MWA2015? Bring your friends and family with you and discover Melbourne and Hobart by attending our special Tours throughout the cultural highlights of these amazing cities! Complete details are available on the conference website.

Hobart Deep Dive
October 3 – October 4

Join us on a tour of Hobart’s prime cultural attractions: the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).
We will spend time meeting key staff, including TMAG’s newly appointed director Janet Carding, for presentations and discussions as well as plenty of time to take in the exhibitions.
There will be time on Saturday morning to take in Salamanca Market and dinner on Saturday evening will be at an iconic Hobart restaurant.
Tour requires 15 people to run and is limited to 30.

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Free Walking Tours around Melbourne’s cultural attractions
October 5, 10am – 4pm

Tour 1 – Melbourne’s Important Stories
Melbourne Museum, Royal Exhibition Building and State Library of Victoria

Spend the morning discovering the ways in which Museum Victoria has been employing new technologies to tell important stories and enhance understanding and a sense of belonging.
In the afternoon stroll with your Museum Victoria guide past the World Heritage Listed Royal Exhibition Building to the State Library of Victoria, one of the keepers of Victoria’s history – and home to millions of stories. Get to know the treasures and curiosities of the incredible collection, and hear tales from the community and from inside the Library.

To register contact Bronwyn Loxton by 9.00 am on Wednesday 16 September

Tour 2 – Melbourne’s Many People
Immigration Museum and National Gallery of Victoria (NGV Australia)

Visit the Immigration Museum, in one of Melbourne’s most important 19th-century public buildings to explore how our cultural heritage, languages, beliefs and family connections influence our perceptions. Stroll with your Museum Victoria guide to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV Australia) at Federation Square.  Here, at the home of Australian art, your tour will focus on contemporary art, including moving image and digital media.

To register contact Bronwyn Loxton by 9.00 am on Wednesday 16 September

Tour 3 – Royal Botanic Gardens, National Herbarium and Art Centre Melbourne

Escorted by your Melbourne guide, the morning starts with a tram trip and a stroll to the National Herbarium of Victoria in the Royal Botanic Gardens where you will be treated to a tour of the Herbarium specimen collection and library and a display of items from the State Botanical Collection including significant artwork, books and herbarium specimens.
In the afternoon go behind-the-scenes at Australia’s largest performing arts centre, Art Centre Melbourne, and the home of world-class music, dance, theatre and opera companies. Wander through vast underground theatres and see highlights from the fascinating Performing Arts Collection.

To register contact Bronwyn Loxton by 9.00 am on Wednesday 16 September

Tour 4 – Australian Institute of Archaeology

Participants in the tour will be able to examine the archaeological library and a noteworthy museum collection comprising Near Eastern artefacts and replicas of the Australian Institute of Archaeology and artefact collection together with the instruments and procedures used to reconstruct fragmentary artefacts and those used to produce 2D and virtual 3D images of artefacts.

To register contact Bronwyn Loxton by 9.00 am on Wednesday 16 September

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Early Registration for MWA2015 ends in 3 days on July 31st. Take advantage of the early fee and sign up for the tours!
Please note that at least one person in your party must be registered for the Conference to join the free walking tours.

See also Sessions and workshops.

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MWA2015 will be held in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre October 5-8.

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About Nancy Proctor

Nancy Proctor is Director of The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture and of the MuseWeb Foundation, the new non-profit initiative of Museums and the Web, as well as Co-chair and Co-editor with Rich Cherry of MW’s international conferences and publications.

Previously Nancy was Deputy Director of Digital Experience and Communications at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014-2016), Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution (2010-2014), and Head of New Media Initiatives at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum (2008-2010). With a PhD in American art history and a background in filmmaking, curation and art criticism, Nancy lectures and publishes widely on technology and innovation in museums, in French and Italian as well as English.

Nancy Proctor created her first online exhibition in 1995 and went on to publish the New Art CD-ROM and website of contemporary art in the UK in 1996. She co-founded TheGalleryChannel.com in 1998 with Titus Bicknell to present virtual tours of innovative exhibitions alongside comprehensive global museum and gallery listings. TheGalleryChannel was later acquired by Antenna Audio, where Nancy led New Product Development from 2000-2008, introducing the company’s multimedia, sign language, downloadable, podcast and cellphone tours. She also directed Antenna’s sales in France from 2006-2007, and worked with the Travel Channel’s product development team. Nancy served as program chair for the Museums Computer Network (MCN) conference 2010-2011, and co-organized the Tate Handheld conference 2008 & 2010. She started MuseumMobile.info, its wiki and podcast series in 2008. She was Digital Editor of Curator: The Museum Journal from 2009-2014, and is now on the Journal’s editorial board, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Omnimuseum Project.

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