Visited on Thursday 17th and Saturday 19th October
Cross the sandstone courtyard away from the bustling docks and explore exhibits in several wonderful old buildings joined together cleverly, if a little confusingly. I saw 3 great exhibitions in the time I had. "Islands of Ice, Antarctica", was excellent. "Our land: Parrawa, parrawa! Go away!" A permenant exhibition on level 2 of the Bond Store Galleries building, telling the story of specific historical events from the perspective of Tasmania’s Aboriginal people, and the Europeans who landed in Hobart. This is a moving and confronting account that is beautifully recreated. To find the Bond Store Galleries, look for a door in the left corner coming from the courtyard - we couldn’t find it on our first visit. "Ningina tunapri", was on level 1 of the main Henry Hunter Galleries, the building facing you across the courtyard. This wonderful exhibit explains the history of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people, through their language, customs and way of life during the thousands of years before Europeans arrived. I’m sure there were many other great things to see in this Museum, but we only had time for these exhibits – plus the story of the Thylacene and the amazing “staircase to nowhere” in the Central Gallery exhibit, which is well worth pausing and photographing. We love museums and will return here when we revisit Hobart.
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