Update: Museums I’d Love to Visit

Despite the fact that Valentine’s Day was yesterday in Australia, it is still technically the correct day to be posting this in other parts of the world. Every year, I write a little something on museums/heritage and the theme of love. I am taking the opportunity this year to reflect on my post from 2017, Museums I’d Love to Visit. Let’s see how many I have been able to tick off my list.

1. Mütter Museum – Philadelphia

The number one museum on my list in 2017 was the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. A few months after writing the blog post, in November, I presented at a conference in Boston. I decided to make the journey to Philadelphia specifically to visit this museum and to explore the city. Not only did it live up to my expectations, but, it was also one of the most interesting and intriguing museums I have ever visited. Continue reading “Update: Museums I’d Love to Visit”

International Women’s Day

I am a day late posting this blog in Australia but right on time for people who live in other parts of the world where it is, indeed, still 8 March aka International Women’s Day! To celebrate, I wanted to write a short blog piece focusing on a few incredible women. The following women have been selected as I have recently seen their stories on display in a museum.

1. Amelia Earhart – National Air and Space Museum

Late last year I visited the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. While there are some museums I am quite happy to aimlessly walk around and see at my own pace, I really wanted some guidance here. We joined a volunteer-led highlights tour which proved to be for the best. Fast forward to the third object on the tour, a large red plane (Lockheed 5B Vega) that looked so unbelievably retro I was in aviation heaven. All the guide had to say was ‘this plane belonged to Amelia Earhart’ and I was hooked. She purchased this plane in 1930 and gave it the nickname ‘Little Red Bus’. Continue reading “International Women’s Day”

Museums I’d Love to Revisit

In honour of Valentine’s Day, two years ago I wrote a list of museums I love. Last year, I thought about what museums I’d love to visit. In keeping with this tradition, I am going to focus my post for this year on museums I’d love to revisit. This has been the most challenging by far. There are so many museums I would love to see again. This might be because my interests have changed or because I just couldn’t see everything the first time!

1. Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico City

Reason: Visitor Fatigue

Mexico has some of the most incredible museums and archaeological sites I have ever seen. When we visited in 2015, the National Museum of Anthropology was our first stop. To say the least, it was an overwhelming experience. There are so many rooms and displays to explore. Even after two visits I didn’t feel like I’d seen enough! The highlight of the museum is the Aztec Calendar Stone (or Sun Stone). I would love to return and spend more time in the other wings of the museum learning more about the different cultures inhabiting Mexico. Continue reading “Museums I’d Love to Revisit”

#MuseumWeek on Twitter

This week was Museum Week on Twitter. Basically an opportunity for museums around the world to showcase their collections and stories while promoting a ‘theme of the day’. This year, there was also an overarching theme – women in museums. A fantastic opportunity for museums to consider the stories of those that are often marginalised. From following this hash tag everyday, I learned so many incredible stories of women and their achievements. A very empowering week.

I am going to share with you my contributions. If you follow me on Instagram (@curateyourownadventure) you would have already seen these photographs. I’ll be providing a little more context, however, in this blog post. Continue reading “#MuseumWeek on Twitter”

Seven Days a Week

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a new entry. This is mostly because I’ve spent the vast majority of my time working. Rather than keep silent because of this, I thought why not post about what exactly I do. I’ll start by saying each week is completely different. Although this might sound exhausting to some, shaking things up, to me, keeps things interesting. I thoroughly enjoy doing something a little different every day!

Here is a basic list of my roles:

  1. Heritage Interpreter – Cockatoo Island
  2. Curator – Harry Daly Museum
  3. Program Producer/VSO – Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
  4. Digitization Assistant – State Library of New South Wales
  5. Museum Assistant – Hurstville Museum
  6. Curriculum Program Deliverer – Sydney Living Museums

The rest of the post will literally go day-by-day through my week. Continue reading “Seven Days a Week”

Museums I’d Love to Visit

For Valentine’s Day last year, I created a list of museums I love. This year, I’m going to focus on the museums I’d love to visit. My list is long…very long. I have painstakingly selected six that I want to share. Six may sound like a random number because it is a random number. I originally planned on narrowing my selection down to five, but, that proved an impossible task. Here is my shortlist arranged in no particular order!

  1. Mütter Museum – Philadelphia

The Mütter Museum showcases an array of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments. It is essentially one huge curiosity cabinet. Ever since I became interested in medical history this museum has been at the top of my must-visit list. I have researched the museum for countless essays and have spent literally hours trawling through its website, online exhibitions, and Youtube channel.

Click here for a great little online exhibition of radiation in the United States. As you can see, quite a few of the exhibitions are very specific to my interests. I hope to visit this museum as soon as possible. Continue reading “Museums I’d Love to Visit”

National Volunteer’s Week

Despite the fact that this week is National Volunteer’s Week, I would like to think that museums (and other institutions) around the world support and appreciate their volunteers every week. I’m using this week as an opportunity to say thank you to all the wonderful supervisors I’ve had over the past six years. The opportunities and wisdom you have provided has been truly amazing.

I started volunteering in 2010 at the MacArthur World War II Museum in Brisbane. I was procrastinating from studying and thought that maybe I should start volunteering somewhere. Mum and I had visited the MacArthur Museum some years earlier and I was so excited to see that they accepted volunteers. Little did I know this would be the start of a beautiful friendship between me and volunteering. Continue reading “National Volunteer’s Week”