Today, we are off to another museum for a taste of local history. This reminds me of our visit to the Powerhouse Museum, in our pre-blogging days, so I thought I'd blog that visit for our records. The Australian Museum, which we visited on Sunday, is stuffed with animals (mind the pun!) and natural history, while the Powerhouse Museum is rich in social history and educational progress. It is a great place to learn about old Sydney and advances in science and technology, over the years.
The children were fascinated by the old forms of transport - the steam train, the carriages, the old bus and the trams. The display contained both old vehicles, from up to 200 years old, and more modern spacecraft, with a replica of the Gemina capsule from the American space program. Straining our necks enabled us to take a peek into the history of aeroplanes, as all sorts of aircraft was suspended from the tall ceiling. The boys, in particular, enjoyed looking at the examples of very early flying machines, fighter planes and helicopters, above their heads.
It was, also, interesting to see the old Central Station, reconstructed with the original clock and notice board, and to take a look inside the old train carriages, which were filled with mannequins in period dress and artefacts from the past. Video screens showed pictures and film strips of historical scenes, which helped to bring the past alive.
Both past progress and modern discoveries, in science and technology, were revealed through informative exhibits and hands-on displays. The children, particularly, liked the opportunity to try out the hands-on experiments and demonstrations. A colourful static ball was a simple, but effective, learning tool which proved especially popular with the younger children. I was really interested in the development of modern household items which we now take for granted. Seeing what people used to use to clean their clothes and the food that they used to eat makes me realize just how much our world has changed in such as short time. I, also, enjoyed the exhibit of traditional musical instruments - most were beautifully ornate, being visually pleasing as well as a delight to listen to.
There was so much to see that, like our recent trip to the Australian Museum, we had to leave before viewing all that was there. We judged it better to concentrate on a manageable amount of information and to anticipate another enjoyable visit, in the future.