National Gallery of Victoria: MoMA


This morning I braved the exhibition opening day crowds and visited MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art from the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Not the world’s catchiest title, but, exactly describes what you are about to see.

Luckily I had planned ahead and pre-purchased my ticket. Otherwise I’d probably still be in the queue waiting! I got into the exhibition space quite quickly and started my journey through the displays.

If you are aware of what are called “compliment sandwiches” that’s exactly what I’m about to do next – positive, critical, positive. Let the implementation of a management strategy begin!

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image: Wonderland

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I am so glad I took the time to see Wonderland at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, better known as ACMI. Considering it was the day after the Museums Galleries Australia Conference and I still had some work to do, I just wanted to spend some time having fun. Luckily, I have a very good friend in Melbourne who was keen to visit with me and get lost in Wonderland.

From the moment you step into the exhibition until the moment you leave you are essentially thrown down the rabbit hole into a world where objects and technology guide you through the weird and wonderful. Your first stop is to collect a map which assigns you a character and a suggested route through the exhibition. I got the Queen of Hearts. You can use this map in the exhibition for various interactive activites and also in The Queen’s Croquet Ground. Continue reading “Australian Centre for the Moving Image: Wonderland”

National Gallery of Victoria: The House of Dior


Hello! I’m back with another guest post for Curate Your Own Adventure. This time I’m discussing The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition, currently on show at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne. This exhibition commemorates the seventieth anniversary of the Dior fashion house, one of the most iconic couture fashion houses in the world. I’m going to try and keep this brief, as most of what I have to say simply constitutes raving about how good the exhibition is and encouraging you to visit it yourself.

I made a special trip to Melbourne from Sydney to see the exhibition, which had been on my list since it was first announced earlier in the year. I had to roll my eyes at yet ANOTHER exhibition opening exclusively in Melbourne. There seems to be a real trend for ‘exhibition exclusivity’ south of the border at the moment. My visit was probably affected to some extent by the weekend we had selected – beginning of school holidays and football finals. It was a very busy weekend in the city. I had been warned to expect the Gallery to be very busy, and had already pre-purchased our exhibition tickets online a week in advance, which I thought was the done thing. Note the tickets are not timed but are valid for a specific date. Continue reading “National Gallery of Victoria: The House of Dior”

Medical History Weekend at the Geoffrey Kaye Museum

To kick-start this medical history weekend, I attended a writing medical history masterclass at the Geoffrey Kaye Museum. It was a day filled with reinforcing and refreshing my writing skills as well as learning new techniques. The participants at this workshop were a diverse group ranging from museum professionals to medical practitioners. In saying this, we were all connected by an interest in writing the history of medicine. This sort of collaborative environment is exactly what I think the discipline needs. Continue reading “Medical History Weekend at the Geoffrey Kaye Museum”

Immigration Museum


I am back in Melbourne for a medical history writing workshop at the Geoffrey Kaye Museum. I’ve arrived a day early purely because my last trip to Melbourne was way too rushed! This afternoon, I went to the Immigration Museum. I have been wanting to visit this museum for years yet it has always slipped my mind when I’ve been in Melbourne. It’s located very centrally – right near Flinders Street Station. The building was originally Old Customs House. Today it’s a fusion of heritage building and museum which I believe definitely added to my experience. Continue reading “Immigration Museum”

Melbourne Museum: Jurassic World

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I have been a dinosaur addict since I was about 10 years old. I remember having my 10th birthday party at the Queensland Museum complete with a dinosaur cake. Fast forward eleven years and there I am celebrating my 21st in the same museum with, yes, another dinosaur cake. I can’t really tell you why they fascinate me so much, but, they do and I am always 110% ready for a new dinosaur exhibition. Continue reading “Melbourne Museum: Jurassic World”