To see a real moose (Incomplete)
Visit all 7 continents (Incomplete)
Eat candy in at least 5 different countries (Incomplete)
Eat real chocolate mousse in France (Complete)
Watch how chocolate & candy is made (Incomplete)
Australian National Museum, Australia - 13th April 2010
Our first stop in Canberra (after a quick shopping trip to buy shoes for my host who stupidly forgot that the weather in Canberra might be slightly cooler than in Sydney and wore sandals!) was at the Australian National Museum.
We ate lunch in a park on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin, sitting on giant bogan moths (let me tell you, Canberra can be a strange place at times)
This museum opened in 2001 as a part of the celebrations of the Centenary of Australian Federation to celebrate Australian social history.
The building itself is quite bizarre and is meant to represent the vibrancy and innovation of Australians.
The strange loopy thing is called 'The Uluru Line' which is meant to symbolically link the museum with Uluru in the centre of Australia.
This the Garden of Australian Dreams...
Apparently each step you take across it is the equivelant of 100kms (how they measure this, I don't know!) and is based on central Australia. All the writing is the word home in a variety of Indigenous and foreign languages found in Australia.
No photos of the inside exhibits, but we saw the impact of Europeans on the native flora, fauna and indigenous people, learnt about the First Fleet and the stories of immigrants over the past 200 years and Australian sport, music and literature.
Posted Apr 16, 2010, 1:11 pm
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