a day at the museum

If you’re like me, your holidays (aka vacation) are usually packed with getting out of your hometown and away; exploring….seeing friends, relatives, new places.

Last year I only took a few days off here and there at work, so that I could take three looong weeks over Christmas/New Year. We did get away [to Byron] but have an extra week at home which we’ve been playing tourist in our own town – something which I find extremely fun!

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Yesterday we went to the Australian Museum to take a geez at the Alexander the Great exhibition on loan from the St Petersberg Museum in Russia.

Now you’re not supposed to take photos…but forever the total rebel, I managed to sneak a few sans flash…

IMG_20130109_163143Alexander kicking arse in battle!

Alexander's military armour made from bone
Alexander’s military armour made from bone
Greek papyrus
Greek papyrus
wealthy women's bling from  around 300BCE
wealthy women’s bling from around 300BCE

What I love the most is seeing artifacts that are older than my country! Amazing pieces of history that provides a snapshot in time of a culture that existed two and a half thousand years ago! Alexander the Great influenced so much; military organisation & precision, standardisation of currency and the lives of other great historical figures throughout time (King Louis XIV of France, Napoleon Bonaparte & Catherine the Great of Russia to name a few). Although he died young (356 – 323 BCE) his legend and influence continues throughout time. Through this one could argue that he did achieve his god-like status that he spent his short lifetime trying to achieve.

stairs; accidental effects from my camera
stairs; accidental effects from my camera
view from the window of St Mary's Cathedral
view from the window of St Mary’s Cathedral

The museum also has a few other exhibits; Dinosaurs, Skeletons, Surviving Australia, Indigenous Australians & Menagerie amongst others.

Dinosaurs:

Ruuuuuuunnnnnn! Velociraptors in the Dinosaur exhibition
Ruuuuuuunnnnnn! Life-sized Velociraptors in the Dinosaur exhibition
Tasty Jay....in exoskeleton of T-Rex
Tasty Jay….in endoskeleton of T-Rex
Chasmosaurus Belli (pronounced KAS-mo-SAW-us)
Chasmosaurus Belli (pronounced KAS-mo-SAW-us)

Skeletons:

home sweet home; Skeleton exhibition
home sweet home; Skeleton exhibition
horsing around!
horsing around!

Indigenous Australians:

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Aboriginal painting
Aboriginal painting
King
What a dude! Mickey “King” Johnson
Indigenous totem poles
Indigenous totem poles
Jay kicking it "dreamtime" style
Jay kicking it “dreamtime” style
Beautiful Uluru (aka Ayres Rock)
Beautiful Uluru (aka Ayres Rock)

The Menagerie exhibition:

"the reality of myth" by Danie Mellor, 2011
“the reality of myth” by Danie Mellor, 2011
"Gabuka" (stingrays) by Dennis Nona, 2008
“Gabuka” (stingrays) by Dennis Nona, 2008 (bronze & aluminium with pearl inlay sculptures about 1m high)
Butterfly, 2009 by Marina Murdilnga (twined pandanus fibre)
Butterfly, 2009 by Marina Murdilnga (twined pandanus fibre)
"Red Whie & Blue" by Danie Mellor, 2008 (mixed media sculptures, about 1.5m tall)
“Red Whie & Blue” by Danie Mellor, 2008 (mixed media sculptures, about 1.5m tall) the Aussie version of ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’!!!
digital art; water
digital table art; water

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and
lose ourselves at the same time.”
Thomas Merton

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