I have been working diligently on my Clay Oven eBook so I needed a break away from the screen. Ben suggested that we visit the Museum, so off we went.
The Melbourne Museum is big. So big, that we didn’t get to see all of it in the time we had allocated.
Firstly, the dinosaur exhibit.
We read all the information and looked at all the bones. The displays were very well made, with information about the era each dinosaur lived in, what they ate, and how they lived. We must have spent the first hour just reading all the information.
My thoughts and comments to my daughter Megan were that the timelines of the dinosaur age are just unfathomable when compared to the human timeline. We have been around for the blink of an eye, and managed to stuff up the environment in only a couple of hundred years. The dinosaurs were around for hundreds of millions of years and didn’t manage to stuff anything up. Kudos to the dinosaurs!
We then looked at how old the earth was. It was old, like 4.5 billion years old. It surprised Ben, but I had already learnt this when I was his age!
From a globe of red hot magma, to a planet with water and continents supporting life. An amazing transformation, and somewhere amongst it all was life. Precious in all its forms.
Then into the mammal exhibition. Walking into a room full of preserved animals made me feel very sad. To think that many of these beasts are nearly extinct, because of our disregard for our actions, with no thought of the consequences. A barrel of fun to take to the museum, aren’t I?
I spent a lot of time here looking and looking, with moist eyes. I didn’t let the kids see though, as I didn’t want to spoil their day out.
What did make me shed a tear was an exhibit at the entrance to this room. It was the Human Population Growth Exhibit. Here is a video of it.