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Trip Start Sep 15, 2013
Trip End Oct 26, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Australian Capital Territory,
Friday, October 4, 2013

Kerry and I always knew Canberra was going to be heavy on the more adult activities and museums were high on the agenda,as so today we knocked off two. This morning we all went to the National Museum of Australia, a very modern looking building (well most things are when the city is only 100 years old) full of great open spaces, activities and displays. Due to the school holidays and the naval centenary celebrations there was a couple of activities before entering the museum proper. The kids got to make their own board games which they have all been enjoying since - Elijah's was about ninjas, Levi's riding bikes and Lily's of course princesses. Photos of the kids and their games may be on the website in a day or two.The museum displays themselves are not necessarily natural history, but Australia's history with aboriginal history, white settlement, and the development of the nation we have today. It was great to wander from the beginning through to now. Following the museum displays the kids played human battleship...just like the game but with people instead of ships.

After some lunch and a bit of a play to let the kids burn off some energy, and next stop was the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House This was a fantastic look into our past and present form of governing Australia, and how the Old Parliament House worked. We did a guided your which took us through the Senate first and where everyone sat, the rooms where decisions are made and when opening parliament for the year, the Queen sat on a few occassions. Going through more rooms then to the House of Representatives. Everywhere looks very ornate and built with great pride and meaning - the Speakers chair is an incredible looking throne given as a gift by the United Kingdom and modelled exactly on that in Westminster in the House of Commons. Unfortunately the beautiful old building and fixtures, the ornate architecture was not followed through (with the exception of the external fascade) with the extensions for representative and senate offices and the new prime ministers offices which looked like any other 1970's suburban extensions. It was quite amusing actually. The final part of the tour was the main entrance hall, Kings Hall named after King George V and you can imagine the events, conversations and whispers that took place in there! A very worthwhile addition to our museum tour of Canberra and I recommend it.

More museums or galleries tomorrow?      
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