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

Published by thisismelly

Mel @thisismelly lives a life of adventure, gets lost in farmer’s markets, regularly indulges in movies, loves to whip up gourmet meals in the kitchen, swears that one day she will learn to speak French properly, adores candles and fresh flowers, married her high school sweetheart, visited 19 countries and counting, fears an apocalyptic rage-virus, regularly spoils her cavoodle Harley, loves walking along the harbour, is decorated with ink, muddles her right & left, seasonally switches between blonde and brunette, has soul-mates, favours painted nails & dangly earrings, always orders the 'plateau de fromages', is obsessed with British or Scandinavian crime fiction, detests creepy-crawlies & people who take too long to order coffee, gives terrible directions, makes up crazy dances for her devilishly handsome husband, believes in good, would always be dressed in Saint Laurent, Gucci & Chloe if she could, adores Tex-Mex & Japanese, loves the smell of rain & evening jasmine, may be addicted to Instagram&Pinterest, is always on the hunt for a really good macchiato, is James Taylor’s biggest fan, gets rowdy with tequila, dreams every night, takes pickles, jalapeños & dried fruit for movie snacks, would hate a world without French champagne, adores Pantone 1765, almost always wishes she was lying on the sand in the sun, is an inconsistent Paleo convert and although she is a hopeless Francophile she will forever be smitten with Sydney.

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