NEWHAVEN’S National Vietnam Veterans Museum has been recognised for its dedication to providing high quality visitor experiences, receiving accreditation from the state’s peak professional body for the museum and gallery sector.
The Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) Victoria this week announced the museum had met the criteria from the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries and would join 79 other museums, galleries and collecting organisations accredited in Victoria.
The expert panel responsible for assessing the museum’s operations were particularly impressed with the range of activities the museum carries out as part of the broader community, as well as its continued commitment to service men and women and their families, exemplified in the creation of a commemorative garden space for remembrance and contemplation.
Co-manager of AMaGA Victoria’s Museum Accreditation Program Simone Ewenson commended the museum’s founders, staff, and volunteers for creating informative and engaging visitor experiences based on the extensive collection under their care, which ranges from helicopters and tanks to oral histories and ballot marbles used in selecting birth dates for National Service.
“We are pleased to recognise the many years of hard work undertaken by the museum founders and supporters to reach this level of museum practice and their commitment to ongoing improvement,” Ms Ewenson said.

Unique beginnings

Vietnam veteran John Methven OAM and his wife Krishna originally conceived the museum as a travelling ‘mobile museum’ trailer which toured Australia in an effort to reach out to soldiers and to promote a broader understanding of the Vietnam War.
The collection moved to its permanent home in Newhaven on Phillip Island in 2007, and, remaining true to the Methvens’ vision, the museum has continued to support service men and women and their families by interpreting the enduring impact of the war on society.
To become accredited, the museum team spent four to five years developing procedures, policies, and practices to meet recognised national standards.

The museum is currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions, however its Nui Dat Café remains open every day from 10am to 1pm for take away drinks and snacks only.
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