Australian Museum: Mammoths

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Hello readers! It has been a while but I’m back again with a guest post. I recently took the opportunity to visit the Australian Museum so that I could see the temporary exhibition currently showing, ‘Mammoths – Giants of the Ice Age’. I also wanted to check out the newly renovated Westpac Long Gallery. When I arrived, however, there were signs everywhere stating that the gallery was closed due to some sort of technical problem – but more on that later.

A quick note on ticketing – I had checked online prior to visiting and established that my Museums Australia membership, which usually allows for free admittance to the Museum, did not allow for a discounted ticket to this paid exhibition. This was fine, however, the ticketing officer who served me seemed desperate to offer me some sort of discount (was I a student? Or Westpac customer?) and when I mentioned I am a Museums Australia member I was given a discounted rate. There are no less than twenty-one (yes you read that right, twenty-one) different ticket prices listed on the website for this exhibition. This seems like overkill to me and obviously left me confused. But, I digress. Continue reading “Australian Museum: Mammoths”

GLAM Blog Club: What I Learned in 2017 & What I Want to Learn in 2018…

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Welcome to my first blog post of 2018! I am hoping that this will be an excellent year filled with new adventures and lots of learning. The theme provided by GLAM Blog Club, what I learned in 2017 and what I want to learn in 2018, allows for both reflection and the opportunity to write down some goals. It is now time to momentarily cast mindfulness aside and obsess over the past and ponder the future.

What I learned in 2017…

I have been trying to think of how I can summarise 2017. I was recently scrolling through some photographs and blog posts thinking “no way did that actually happen in 2017, didn’t I do that years ago?” Basically, it was one of those years. I spent the first six months living and working in Sydney then moved interstate to the regional city of Gladstone, Queensland. This move separated my year into two distinct segments.

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Rockhampton Art Gallery: Happy Birthday Play School

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If you were born and/or raised in Australia during the last 50 years, you are probably very familiar with Play School. Personally, it played a huge role in my childhood, teaching me shapes, colours, songs, etc. I really wanted to see this exhibition when it was at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra last year. Unfortunately, I never had the chance. Luckily, it came to a gallery near me!

I only had one expectation – I wanted the exhibition to be fun and nostalgic. I was hoping for a balance between activities and labels for kids and information for adults. In short, the exhibition did achieve this goal. Spread over two rooms, you can categorise room one as the more informative room and room two as the room for kids. I will go into more detail later, but, I really want to focus on why it was a successful kid’s exhibition that wasn’t just designed for kids. Continue reading “Rockhampton Art Gallery: Happy Birthday Play School”

The Mutter Museum

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One of the main reasons why I wanted to visit Philadelphia was to see the Mutter Museum. It has been on my “must visit” list for far too long. I am happy to report that not only did I get to visit the museum, but, it lived up to my expectations. The museum is named after Thomas Dent Mutter who was a physician and Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (for the record I have never used the word “of” so much in one sentence).  Throughout his life, Mutter acquired a substantial teaching collection including human specimens and medical instruments. On his death, 1 700 objects were bequeathed to the College. Today, that number has grown to over 25 000.

Here is a run down of what exactly you’d find in the collection:

Wet Specimens – biological material preserved in a fluid (alcohol or water)
Skeletal Specimens – whole skeletons or bone fragments
Models – anatomical models used for teaching
Instruments – an array of medical equipment and apparatus

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National Museum of Women in the Arts 

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I am already breaking the promise I made yesterday about posting every second day. This is because I am literally too excited not to write about the National Museum for Women in the Arts. Before I begin, I am going to assume there are people out there who would say “where is the museum for men in the arts?” Walk into any art gallery in the world and I challenge you to find a greater representation of women artists to men. You’ve already got your museums of men in the arts, visited by literally millions every year. There are of course exceptions, but, there are so few. Now that’s said and done, I can drop my imaginary mic and write on.

To start, when you walk into the museum you can select either a traditional map and guide or something a little special. Inside an elusive looking envelope are a selection of cards that each contain a different work of art and some information on the reverse. The museum encourages you to take these cards home and share them with your friends. Look, I was already head over heels. Continue reading “National Museum of Women in the Arts “

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is located within walking distance from the Museum of Fine Arts. It houses a superb collection of artworks from artists such as Rembrandt and Titian. I would argue, however, that it is not solely an art galley. Instead, it had all the trademarks of a house museum. I will delve into this later, but first things first – let me cover the Palace.

So the main building that houses the artworks is referred to as the Palace. On entering the museum, you first walk through a modern-built annex that contains the gift shop, cafe, information counter, etc. You are then directed through a glass walkway to the Palace. It is not hard to see why it bears this name. Towering three storeys high, the Venetian-inspired Palace quite literally looks like you have been transported to another country. The courtyard garden in the middle features an Ancient Roman mosaic. Surrounding the mosaic are numerous plants, statues, and fountains. I will include photographs below because words cannot do it justice. Continue reading “Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum”

National Gallery of Victoria: The House of Dior

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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”