Tag Archive | Museums

Scienceworks Melbourne: Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention

A few weeks ago Mum and Dad went to see this exhibition at Scienceworks.  All our family love Wallace and Gromit.  The detail on each piece is amazing.

On display were some of their inventions such as the tellyscope, the Blend-o-matic, and the Thinking Cap as well as a model of their house at 62 Wallaby Street.  What looked most interesting to me was their film sets.  It took hours to film just a few seconds of each film using these sets.

The exhibition ends on Sunday 11th November so if you’re in Melbourne you only have a few days to check it out for yoursef.

New Zealand….Day 19 Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand)

Te Papa is an amazing museum.  One of my favourite exhibitions was one of their permanent ones,  Awesome Forces.  It details New Zealand’s geological history including what causes earthquakes.

They even have a shaking house which simulates an earthquake although I didn’t want to go in there because I’d felt too many earthquakes by that stage.  They also describe how technology has allowed them to measure earthquakes.  They use the Richter scale to measure the magnitude of an earthquake and the Mercalli scale to measure the intensity.  While I was in Christchurch I’d heard of the Mercalli scale but didn’t what what it was.  It was good to learn this at the museum.  For many people the Mercalli scale is a truer indication of an earthquake.

A video also shows how New Zealand split from Gondwanaland (which Australia was also part of) 85 million years ago.

Traditional maori dress

One of the special exhibitions at the time was called Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion.  I paid to go in and see it while Mum & Dad had a cuppa and something to eat.  The dresses were fascinating and shows how wedding fashion changes from when the world is having good times to when war rationing meant women had to save coupons to buy their dresses.  This was the time that a lot of materials were repurposed into wedding dresses.

Some of the designers featured included John Galliano, Vera Wang and Vivienne Westwood who designed Dita Von Teese’s dress in 2005.

Unfortuanately we didn’t get to see as much of the museum as we wanted.  It is recommended that visitors spend a whole day there and I could see why but we just didn’t have the time.  When I go back to Wellington I will definitely put aside a whole day to spend there.

We were really tired by this stage so we decided to catch a taxi back to our hotel.  The driver was really friendly and chatted about many things while giving us a bit of a cook’s tour of the city.  We knew he wasn’t taking us out of the way deliberately.  The number of one-way streets came into play.  It was good to see some of the areas we hadn’t had time to walk around.

After a bit of a rest we walked over to New Lambton Quay to the Royal Hotel for dinner.  We had walked past it earlier in the day and decided we wanted to eat there.  It had the feel of an old English pub.

 

shared dessert plate

New Zealand….day 17 Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre – not just for aviation buffs

I would normally run a mile before I would be interested in an aviation museum but after seeing a story on a travel show about the centre I was looking forward to seeing it.  They advertise that the centre houses a display like no other and they are right.  It’s not your standard museum, it’s more theatrical and great to look at.

http://www.omaka.org.nz/

They have a display on the Red Baron, recreating the scene when he was shot down near Amiens in France.  Another display shows a plane crashing and landing in a tree and the ensuing rescue mission.  There are so many displays it took around two hours for us to see them all.

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