Fresh touch for National Anzac Centre

Published: Tuesday, 3 December 2019 at 11:07:38 AM

Albany’s acclaimed National Anzac Centre is undergoing a refresh of its technology and content to offer new experiences and a fresh perspective to visitors after a phenomenal five years of tours, stories, heroes and history.

Since opening on 1 November 2014, the award winning museum has attracted over 336,000 visitors from around the world as well former Australian prime ministers Tony Abbott and Malcom Turnbull, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

Phase one of a two-stage refresh is underway and includes essential maintenance, content loan renewals, and upgrades to the viewing hall which will enhance the delivery of audio and digital content such as the convoy table as well and the development of a theatrette for film viewings.

Works across the refresh will take place after hours where possible in an effort to minimise impact to the visitor experience, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the story of the Anzac legend without disruption.

City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said the update would reinforce the Centre’s position as the Trip Advisor’s #1 museum in Australia.

“The National Anzac Centre holds a distinguished place in honouring and remembering the Anzac story and the role that has played in shaping our national identity,” he said.

“We want to ensure it continues to fill that role by evolving with technology, updating the exhibition, and making the museum even more attractive and inclusive to visitors from around the world.”

The museum uses multimedia, interactive technology and historical artefacts to tell the story of the soldiers, their families and Albany’s significant connection with the Anzac story.

“We need to make the necessary maintenance upgrades to keep visitors coming back, maintain relevance and enhance the experience,” Mayor Wellington said.

Phase one of the National Anzac Centre refresh is due for completion by mid 2020, with phase two yet to be approved by Council.

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