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The WW1 Centenary Exhibition at the Melbourne Museum

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World Premier Event - Only in Melbourne (April - July 2015)
WW1 centenary exhibition, melbourne museum, WW1, IWM London, international tour
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How exciting! I can't wait for this WW1 Centenary Exhibition to hit Melbourne in April next year (2015). After reading all on offer and watching some of the video clips, the enormity of bringing this exhibition to Australia has me gobsmacked. This is a World Premier event where London's Imperial War Museum (IWM) will send a specially curated exhibition of its international tour to nine cities across the world. Melbourne is the first stop and the only city in Australia that will be hosting these treasured artefacts from the famed world class institution. I'm in awe! A hundred years since the first shots were fired during the 1st World War that reverberated through the universe, don't miss your chance to commemorate the war that changed the world at the Melbourne Museum. Melbourne may well be jam packed with visitors from our sister cities for this event.

An impressive historically significant collection of over 350 items will come to life using cutting edge technology. The collection will be juxtaposed with leading audio and visual displays that will immerse you into its story and let you experience what it was like during those times.

In London, IWM's permanent exhibition has counted more than 350,000 visitors since re-opening in July this year. This exhibition will be broken down into ten story chapters and will guide you thorough the broad historical sweep of the war from its outbreak through to the frontline and the impact it had on civilians left at home. Throughout the exhibition film animations and soundscapes will take you back 100 years to see the fighting and devastation of the first global war and you will hear the stories of the people. You will be able to consider how it is said to have changed the world.

WW1 centenary exhibition, melbourne museum, WW1, IWM London, international tour
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In the Shock of War chapter you will be confronted by the sound of intensive artillery fire and you will come face to face with the deliverer of destruction. A rapid firing German 77mm artillery gun typical of the artillery used on both sides of the conflict. Motion capture filming and CGI provides a slow motion sequence of man after man charging then falling, a dramatic representation of the 4 months that found 1,000,000 men dead. All this is projected onto a sculptural screen; a long row of life-sized cut steel figures.

At the centre of the exhibition, running right through it is a trench like space that will evoke the landscape of trenches with its twists and turns and high steep walls from which all you could see was the sky above. You will come across intimate objects embedded in showcases along the way that tells the stories of real people and their fate. The soundscape will provide the sound of tanks rumbling by and aircraft swooping above; shells bursting in the distance will provide you with an unforgettable and reflective experience.

From these trenches you will be drawn into the chapter Taking War to the Skies by a huge 3 metre high screen showing a dramatic and intense evocative animation of Richthofen's final moments. Better known as the German 'Ace' Manfred von Richthofen, the 'Red Baron', both sides fought each other to control the skies with the invention of the powered flight aircraft which played a major role in the First World War. These airmen became celebrities for their daring and for the number of 'kills' they claimed. Along with uniforms, equipment used by airmen during the war and blue print plans of the Red Baron's plane, at the centre of the space will be the actual engine from his crashed aircraft. Between technology, personal stories and intimate objects, you can't help but be immersed in the story. The WW1 Centenary Exhibition also has a Facebook page to keep you abreast of current updates.

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Tickets are now on sale for the period 18 April to 12 July 2015 and the exhibition will be open daily from 10am to 5pm. There will be special Melbourne Museum members pricing and general tickets will start at $29.90 per adult, $17.00 for a junior ticket, Concession from $24.90, family tickets from $80.00 and $22.95 each for groups of 15. CLICK HERE to plan your visit to the Melbourne Museum and find out about 'Timed Sessions', 'VIP and Flexi Tickets' and 'Group Bookings'.

Don't miss out on this one and only stop in Australia showcasing this moving commemoration of the people who fought, lived and died in the First World War. CLICK HERE for tickets or phone Ticketek on 132 840. Groups and schools bookings are available now on 1300 364 001 or email For Official Corporate Hospitality Packages call Ticketek on (02) 9266 4466. The three video clips below share with you this WW1 Centenary Exhibition, an excerpt from the news and the gathering of stories from the people.

WW1 centenary exhibition, melbourne museum, WW1, IWM London, international tour
Image courtesy of Melbourne Museum and the map subject to change.

CLICK HERE to read about how the short film (last one below) beckons your help to ensure Life Stories are remembered forever. Get involved in 'Lives of the First World War' by registering. You can contribute to history with your recollections and pictures for the historians to piece together for an even more complete picture of WW1.

Melbourne Museum currently has an exhibition called
WW1: Love & Sorrow showing daily from 10am to 5pm; filled with the recollection of stories through the experiences of 8 people. Why not check it out.

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Why? A world premier event of WW1 Centenary Exhibition at the Melbourne Museum
When: 18 April to 12 July 2015
Phone: 1300 200 808
Where: 11 Nicholson St, Carlton, VIC
Cost: $17 to $80 (family ticket)
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