On The Go: Melbourne Museum
This post is part of Telstra’s Connect on the Go Story. I’m being a tourist in my own town…
Where we went:
Here’s a map
When I was a kid, a visit to the Museum was a big deal. It didn’t really matter how many times we went, because the Museum was a familiar friend. We knew the exhibits we loved the most, the route we would take to get to them, which buttons to press to make things spin or growl or light up. We had a whole ritual involving walks there with our Nanna, snacky chocolate bars in pockets and post-Museum cafeteria lunches at Coles afterwards. Nice.
It’s this sense of affection and familiarity that I think ALL people should have when they visit their city’s Museum. It should be a regular ritual to pop in and admire the old favourites or marvel at the new. It should not be a special treat, but rather a much looked forward to part of life. That’s how we approach it, anyway…!
We live very close to the Melbourne Museum and are lucky enough to visit 3 or 4 times a year. It’s only $10 admittance for adults and concessions or kids are free. Win! Yesterday I took my camera and my youngest kid along and here are the results…
Here’s what we love the most:
The sneaky, playful turtle in the rainforest.
The creepy glow-in-the-dark orb weavers.
All the paraphernalia from the Kew Asylum.
The Little Lon exhibition
The fantastic Top Design exhibit : especially the work of Eloise McCullough, Zoe Blow and Zeniya Vreungdenhil
The horrible spider sounds
The rows and rows of butterflies and beetles
The amazingly vast geology section
The whale skeleton
The dinosaurs: especially the flying ones
The colourful tucked-up little birds
The huge amount of animals in the science and life section
The sausage rolls
We wandered about and talked about who had previously touched the things we were looking at, how they might have lived, where their descendants were now. We flipped through the ‘Family Album’ and found a dog that looked like ours and a photo taken near our house. We decided that 10 year olds running around being obnoxious was bad, but that it was okay for 3 year olds to do it.
We ate sausage rolls and chicken sandwiches. We sipped orange juice (him) and coffee (me). We noticed all kinds of things suspended from the ceiling and cascading down the walls. Nice.
Going to the museum is kind of like taking a mini holiday. You forget your real life and step back in time. You put yourself in someone else’s shoes and gain a fresh new perspective on life. That’s a very good thing, in my book.
When was the last time you went to a Museum? What are you favourite Museum-y things?