A visit to the Australian Museum

January 7, 2007 at 11:32 am | Posted in General, Out and About, Sydney, Travel | Leave a comment

’twas the day before Christmas and all through the streets of Sydney there was no one in sight. On this day I ventured to the Australian Museum. Whether through boredom or inattention on their part the teller only charged me the concession rate of $5 (full fee is $10), regardless it was a nice way to start my tour. The Museum consists of very few displays: Indigenous Australians, skeleton room, environment, insects and minerals with a resource room and special exhibits section.

The Indigenous Australians area was particularly interesting and probably the best I have seen. For example while I am familiar with the concept of the Dreaming as part of Aboriginal culture I had not understood the beliefs of the Torres Strait Islands which is often lumped in, fortunately, this was rectified at the Australian Museum.

The skeleton room was actually quite cool with a variety of animals on display from elephants to fish. Having more than just Australian animals was good. Presumably there are people out there who would find the insects and minerals sections of value but I am not one of them. It was vaguely intriguing but that’s about it. Australia’s environment and sustainable development are also displayed but if you’ve seen this type of material before it doesn’t hold much interest. If this content is new to you it may prove intriguing.

I won’t come to the museum for its special exhibits as they always do them poorly in such cramped and tiny space.

Will you see me on You Tube soon? Possibly. While there were very few people in the museum there were also a group of young Korean students interviewing (complete with digital video) fellow patrons for their class. I’m quite sure I had a deer in headlights look while we chatted about the one topic I’m particularly well versed in – sport. Or as well versed as someone who isn’t can be.  

The whole museum takes about an hour and is half decent. I think if you’ve had limited exposure to the topics above then it will give you the greatest pay off but generally speaking for $10 (or less) it’s not a bad deal.

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