Sydney Travel Blog› entry 23 of 206 › view all entries
Didn't get a lot of sleep last night cos of the heat, so woke up late at midday and headed into town. After a walk through Hyde Park, which had an outside art exhibition about 'Sydney Life', I ended up at the Australian Museum. This was running 2 temporary installations on Indigenous Australians (specifically the Aborigines and the Torres Strait people), and African Impressions on the ground floor. Both were good exhibitions; the African exhibition comprised of some Earth from the Air style photos of Africa, photos of African people and culture now, and photos of Africa and it's people taken in the 1910s and 20s, plus a number of artifacts.
The Indigenous People exhibition was particularly interesting as a visitor, as it explained the culture and belief behind their faith, and their history in modern Australia.
I then wandered through the Skeleton permanent exhibition, getting a good look at the animals we don't often get to see displayed in UK museums, like kangaroos, echinids, possums etc. And then through the Insects and Birds exhibit which again focussed on creatures not so familar to me. It was good to get an ID for some birds I have been hearing and seeing so far around Australia, but I got quite freaked out looking at the spiders; wolf spiders, funnel-web spiders, jewelled and spiny spiders, hunter spiders, water spiders, and loads more! Still, it's worth knowing that most of the deadliest spiders are ground spiders, so if you get the choice, sleep on the first floor in Australia!