On Saturday James and I headed into the city to catch the exhibitions at the Maritime Museum and the Police & Justice Museum that I mentioned late last week. We had a really fab afternoon, and ended the day with a couple of drinks down by the water at Circular Quay. Nice! Here's a few pics I took at the Maritime Museum, with more pics from the afternoon to follow.
The exhibition of French toy boats from 1850 - 1950 was fantastic, much larger than I imagined. The toys ranged from tiny little tin wind up boats to big elegant wood and brass steam driven models. The exhibition was well laid out, even if a couple of the 'interactive' displays were a bit lame. I guess making museum displays able to interact with patrons is the big thing in design these days, but FYI if you push a button you expect it to do more than just change the colour of the light behind the display.
I'm really impressed with the museum in general, they have a good mix of high and low culture in the permanent displays and it's not just boats. There are displays about swimming and surf culture as well. I took a shine to this Beer Can Regatta boat (above), which celebrates one of the more odd and very Australian events on the maritime calendar!
If you're out on the water, be sun smart and wear a hat.
Sometimes the spirit of Aussie ingenuity makes you proud to be an Australian. This little item was part of the surf culture display, and if you're saying to yourself "Hang on a sec, that looks like..."
...you'd be right!
After we wandered around the museum and had a look at the other exhibits I was interested in (the pet pictures were particularly cute!) we headed outside and had a look at the various boats moored outside the museum as a permanent exhibit. Everything from a tiny boat that brought refugees to Australia from Vietnam, to the last working steam tug boat on Sydney Harbour. Fabulous! One of the best things about all this, is that it's basically in the heart of the city. You can look past the tall ship masts of the replica of Captain Cook's "Endeavour" to the high rises of the city skyline.
It reminds me once again how much I love this city!
[Don't take my word for it, check out James's take on the afternoon.]