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Shakes, stuffed animals and a painful experience


So Rach managed to brave her way through a 5.3 Richter earthquake and come out the other side unscathed! In reality what this meant was that when she was at home the house windows suddenly shook and the floor vibrated; the after-tremors of an earthquake in Victoria. Alex didn’t have to go through this as he was playing rugby at the time and was completely oblivious to any earthquake, probably because there was enough ground movement already with all the overweight men running around. Still we thought we’d put it in because how often do you get to experience an earthquake?

Two days ago, with thoughts of natural disaster far from our minds, we found ourselves in the lobby of the Melbourne Museum for the third time, having already been inside once previously and only completed one quarter of it. The second visit was when we came across the screaming kids (What a state this library is in!) and decided to turn away. So we thought we would wait until we visited again and combine the two proper visits into one blog.

On our first visit we only managed to complete one exhibition hall, or around one quarter of the total museum space. The part we did manage to finish was the natural history hall and it was incredible. It covered every aspect of the globes formation, the creatures living on it and the processes and changes everything goes through as the world spins on. There were massive dinosaur skeletons, a giant squid, jellyfish, fish, every kind of creature that was in some way interesting, interactive displays, a whole room of model/stuffed animals, a 3D experience, quizzes and a whole lot more. We were keen to try out some more of the museum once we had finished making our way through this bit, however we decided to go on a tour of the museum and get a professional view on some of the displays.

So we hung around in the lobby and just as the tour was five minutes past due a lovely gentleman came over and asked if we were looking to do the tour. After this initial display of confidence however things took a sharp downhill turn. For starters we were the only people on the tour and it soon became obvious that it was either his first tour or he wasn’t very good, or quite possibly both. We felt really embarrassed for him as he was fumbling around a lot, mucking up with his notes and misreading signs. So much so that we stuck it out for nearly two hours till he had finished, even getting ourselves through a mortifying experience when he dropped his cheat sheets on the floor and had to scrabble around picking them up. We had both internally debated helping him out at this point but we decided to feign polite ignorance so as to make him think we had missed it entirely. At the ends our hearts sank as he asked us what we thought of the tour and neither of us had the courage to tell him the truth about his many mistakes or awful leading style so we went with the standard cover-up phrase; “Yeah it was alright.”

Sadly this tour and our unwillingness to leave him to it meant that the rest of our time had been used up in the museum and so we had to come back again. So two days ago we re-entered the vast, information filled halls and dived straight in. We ran straight up the stairs to the human section which dealt with biological, psychological, evolutionary and social issues. It was really interesting and once again all the displays were incredible. We then decided to give the gardens a go as we had briefly touched on them in our disastrous tour and they looked good. We spent a little while going from plaque to plaque amidst the rain forest ooing and ahhing at the turtles and fish before moving on to the History of Melbourne section. This was a great place that had loads of info about the development of Melbourne and even some true scale buildings from when it was first created. There were interactive cinemas and even a 3D display detailing the growth of the urban area. Best of all though was the section of coursework in various disciplines by VCE students (seventeen and eighteen year olds). There was art, film, design, photography, architecture, textiles, product development and all of it was first class. We had a brilliant time and spent so long here that it was probably a lucky thing that the last exhibition hall was closed as there was no way we could have included this into our trip as well. Sadly it won’t be open during our time in Oz and so this was our last trip to the great Melbourne Museum.


Rex’s Rules of the Road

  • Melbourne Museum is brilliant, aside from the tours, we couldn’t recommend it more.
  • As you may have already gathered from the fact that it took us two visits to cover there is a huge amount on display at the museum and if we’d wanted to we could have even had another visit to go through everything thoroughly.
  • It isn't just snakes and spiders you have to worry about in Oz, they have earthquakes too! Some can be very dangerous but for the most part all it will be is a little ground movement and window shaking.
  • Check out Rach's tripadvisor review of Melbourne Museum here.

Posted by rexontheroad 22:38 Archived in Australia

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