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”

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”