A Night at the Museum

Majority of my Friday nights are spent watching Netflix and going to bed early but I made a new mission to myself – to go out and explore my hometown, Canberra, as much as I can. I spend my time dreaming and planning trips of far off distant lands but sometimes I forget that I live in a beautiful city as well. So when my Mum sent me a text asking if I wanted to go to the National Museum of Australia’s Origins night, I was in.

The Lewis Cheesemen
The Lewis Cheesemen

I met my parents and the entrance of the Museum and collected the program for events for the night. There were two amphitheatres running with different forms of entertainment, feature talks and games and crafts. I should also mention that the Museum’s main exhibition is ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects‘. This Exhibition is about the 2 million years of human history, all crammed into one massive room. I have wanted to go to this Exhibition ever since I discovered the existence of the Lewis Cheesemen while I was travelling in the Isle of Lewis, Scotland.

The first stop on our night out was at the Medieval Sword Work at the outside amphitheatre. My Dad was in heaven, he loves military history. We watched the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons battle it out in a sword/axe fight. We learnt the traditions of the Viking battles – the women standing behind yelling in support and the different types of weapons and how a fight may play out. Afterwards, the re-enactors let us have a hold of the weapons and shields and showed us how to use them.

Scariest Warriors Ever
Scariest Warriors Ever

Another great event to watch was Kendo, the strength, discipline and the culture convergence in this Japanese martial art. I have never seen Kendo before and it was really quite interesting to watch the different attacks and defensive manoeuvres.

Oh Bollywood! I love the colours, the vibrancy and the movements of this fun filled dance. The energy of Bollywood dancing is always amazing. It was even more fun when they got the entire crowd involved in a lesson. We got taught the moves of the washing blades and the searcher.

There was always a constant performance or game happening around us. The Rhythm Connect African during circle played around the hall and kept the beat up.

There were other such activities as ‘Make your own Election Badge’, Chinese dance troupe, Polynesian dance performance, an Archaeological dig site, a henna artist, headdress and headbands photo booth, worldly aromas smell station, a talk about the Origins of Rome and so much more.

My Henna
My Henna

I am pretty happy that I did say ‘yes’ to exploring new experiences and places in my hometown. Hopefully this will open up new opportunities and experiences that I would normally say no to. Have you ever found something fun and different to do in your own backyard?

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28 Comments

  • Lucas Rodrigues

    November 26, 2016

    Wow 😀 That was a good idea indeed. I live in a small town (20k people) so I have seen pretty much “everything”, but there are a lot of places to explore nearby!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Oh wow, that is a small town! But you are right, you could even try small towns next to yours!

  • Angie (FeetDoTravel)

    November 26, 2016

    I think it’s great you decided to experience more of your hometown and embraced the museum! Plus, you had some quality and fun family time, sounds like a perfect trip to me!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      It was so much fun! I really enjoyed the different night with my parents.

  • Carol Colborn

    November 26, 2016

    When Mom says, “Let’s go,” you go! And good for you. Anyway, love your logo art work!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Haha, it is so true! My Mum would be so angry if I said no!!! Thank you so much.

  • Jing

    November 26, 2016

    Agree that it’s easy to skip your own hometown because of being too familiar with what we call home. This reminded me to try new things in my own backyard, too.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks Jing. It is amazing that we sometimes just need that reminder!

  • Edd Sanchez

    November 26, 2016

    Looks like an awesome museum 🙂

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      It really is an awesome museum!

  • Paul and Carole

    November 26, 2016

    Sounds such an interesting place to visit! We love travelling a far but like you say it is always good to check your own back yard as there can be some great places to visit. Thanks for sharing.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thank you! It is so true. I always forget about my own backyard when I have the entire world to explore! I just have too many options!!

  • Lisa

    November 27, 2016

    Very cool! Love that you explore your own backyard too. Looks like a museum I would visit and enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      I would highly recommend exploring this museum if you get the chance. I must remember to explore my backyard a little bit more!

  • Travel Lexx

    November 27, 2016

    Looks like a great time and exploring your own backyard is an awesome way to discover new things and try something different!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thank you! It was such a fun time and I enjoyed seeing what my hometown could offer people!

  • Jimmy and Tina

    November 27, 2016

    This looks like so much fun, I thought it was going to be about a museum that you walk through and look at things without touching, Which By the way, I love museums, but this sounds like something pretty awesome and great to be able to participate and learn and play all at the same time. what a wonderful idea.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      It was a really fun night. Some of the museum was just a walk through (like not touching the Ancient Egyptian artifacts – which is fair!) but I loved the hands on stuff they also had. So much fun!

  • Amy

    November 28, 2016

    I love this, such unique and fun experience your family was able to enjoy together! And I appreciate that it got you our exploring your own backyard, something we are also working to do in order to appreciate what we have close to us. The Bollywood and Kendo would have been so neat to see!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      The Bollywood and Kendo was pretty awesome. My Dad basically pushed me out of the way so he could see it better haha. I will definitely keep an eye out for more things like this near my home!

  • Lara Dunning

    November 28, 2016

    Thanks for sharing. I’m a museum goer so I always like learning about new museums. I really like their hands-on activities, makes for a fun learning experience.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      I love hands on activities as well! It makes learning so much more fun and interesting.

  • Carmen's Luxury Travel

    November 28, 2016

    What a fun event! I’d love to go to something like this near me. Beautiful henna too! Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks Carmen. It was a really nice night and I am looking forward to more. I do love henna 🙂

  • Kelly (Trippin' Turpins)

    November 28, 2016

    Sounds like a fun night! We often forget to write about the awesome things to do in our own backyard. The Trippin’ Turpins are heading home for four weeks in January and I have already started thinking about all the great places I want to visit and write about! Barossa Valley, Victor Harbour…. I can’t wait to explore!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      It was a really fun night! I didn’t realise you guys were from SA! I am hoping to get to Port Lincoln next year actually. I hope you enjoy your time home in January!

  • Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler)

    November 30, 2016

    What a wonderful local adventure you shared. So happy you said yes and we were able to see some incredible videos and photos. What an adventure and hope this inspires others to go out locally and explore. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      I was really happy that I said yes to this adventure as well. I tend to forgot about my own neighbourhood when I also have the entire world to explore!

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