Yesterday I paid a visit to the Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory. I had been there before a couple of years ago so thought it was time for a return trip, plus it has free entry and air conditioning which is very appealing in the current weather!
The museum often has exhibitions that are worth having a look around and at the moment there is Wallace: the rEvolutionary man on from 9 November 2013 to 22 June 2014 and Exit Art: Contemporary Youth Art of Northern Territory Year 12 Students which is in the museum from 22 February 2014 until 8 June 2014.
There are also really interesting displays about Cyclone Tracy which happened on 24 December 1974 and caused much devastation in Darwin, creatures of the northern territory (including spiders yuck), Sweetheart the seriously giant crocodile and the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Collection (you can view this work online as well here)
I found the Alfred Wallis exhibition to be very interesting. On the website for the museum it describes the exhibition as commemorating the 100th anniversary of eminent naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace’s passing, this exhibition will showcase Wallace’s exploration of the tropical jungles of Southeast Asia and New Guinea, and his ideas on Evolution by Natural Selection and biogeography. The exhibition includes specimens of butterflies, beetles and birds of paradise, as well as prints of drawings and maps by Wallace.
After spending a few hours at the museum I popped in to the Cornucopia Museum Cafe which is on site with gorgeous views of the coastline and had a very delicious slice of red velvet cake before going for a walk along the beach to walk the cake off!
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