Vic exhibit connects visitors to country

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Victorians will be taken on multisensory journey through country in a world-first exhibition at the Melbourne Museum.

Tyama showcases the knowledge and stories of Victoria's First Nations peoples through the state's native animals.

The exhibition, created in collaboration with the Keerray Woorroong people, uses lights, sounds, and gaming technology to immerse visitors in the landscapes.

"What we really want them to take away is that empathy with different creatures and a new sense of understanding and belonging to country," Melbourne Museum experience developer Miriam Capper told AAP.

"Even the creatures that seem quite ordinary have these extraordinary skills."

Through the exhibition, visitors are able to move with a school of fish in the oceans off Warrnambool in the state's southwest or embrace how a bat travels through the night sky using sonar.

A sacred whale story told by Keerray Woorroong woman Yaraan Bundle at the end of the exhibit ties the whole story together, Ms Capper said.

"We're trying to reinvent the way that we show museum collections," she said.

"Even the most ordinary seeming objects become extraordinary when we see their special talents."

The exhibition gives visitors an opportunity to connect and learn from First Nations peoples, Victorian Creative Industries Minister Steve Dimopoulos said.

"These are such important learnings for all of us, especially as we face a growing climate emergency," he said.

Tyama opens at the Melbourne Museum on Friday and runs through to January 29 next year.

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