MAMA plans to use the funds to upgrade the ground floor of the museum to include a more open and engaging entryway, an acknowledgement of Wiradjuri Country at the entry, and a new dedicated children’s gallery and activity space for families. The upgrade will enable a transformative experience for all visitors and add to the overall appeal of visiting Albury and the Riverina Murray region.
‘What we now understand is the value of drop-in-anytime activities for kids and families. Coming to the museum at a specific time for an event or class with kids is really hard. This way, families can come and hang out at the museum anytime and know that there will be a special place for them.’ Pickering continues, ‘The children’s gallery space will be designed by artists and regularly reimagined to keep the space fresh and engaging. This new space will provide a valuable anchor for families to visit the Albury CBD.’
The improvements to the visitor services at entry will include opening the area up for greater access to the store, a new bank of public lockers, and functional improvements that will enable the museum to operate guided tours and tourism experiences that are increasingly in demand from travellers.