Another Museum but nothing worthwhile

August 29, 2006 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Out and About, Sydney, Travel | Leave a comment

This week’s field trip was to the Museum of Sydney. I had high hopes for this museum located near Circular Quay – on the remains of first Governor’s residence – but it sadly didn’t live up to expectation. Although it gave some insight into what I expect from a museum. First off, it’s another venue where no water bottles are allowed to be open or carried. I seriously don’t understand this rule as everything is protected and if they’re worried about people slipping on spilt water then all the museums would have this rule. Rant over. Also you will need to pay. Conceptually the museum appears to give a (very) short history of Sydney. It was somewhat surreal to go from the history of Aborigines in the Sydney area into the glam of the 20s and 30s. Meanwhile, design wise the museum is good with interactive elements and a reasonable use of space and light. 

Now onto the content. Yes, there is a plethora of information and various formats that give insight into the city’s history. However, it lacks depth and breadth. There are allusions to many topics and terms such as the NSW Corps, the Great Depression, Bubonic Plague and the Rum Rebellion. These and others could have been expanded upon to bring forth a better understanding and appreciation on the effect (or lack thereof) on Sydney’s history and the larger Australian history. In retrospect I think was a similar failing of the National Museum. Personally I think some anecdotes about some of Sydney’s landmarks would have been intriguing.

Really, you can give this a miss if you’ve read a brief history of Australia and Sydney at another museum or in a tour guide book. It’d be a much better use of time to wander a little bit further down the street and visit the Justice Museum.

Overall: skip it.


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