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National Museum out of space

By johnboy - 18 December 2008 71

The Canberra Times has the astonishing news that the National Museum has run out of space for its collection.

This despite having an enormous building and nothing at all that anyone wants to see.

Flog some crap on Ebay is my advice.

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National Museum out of space
Danman 10:52 am 18 Dec 08

Thumper I’ve been to the Smuggler’s museum in the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor. And the witchcraft museum at beaucastle in Cornwall. Both are small, badly planned private museums with very little funding. Sadly, I rank them both ahead of the NMA.

I recently done a night shoot at the NMA – had access all areas – and I also visited the “Quaint” Ripleys “Believe it or not” museum in Key West USA, provately funded, and much smaller scale, but I also rated it much higher than the NMA.

ant 10:48 am 18 Dec 08

All I remember from that place was rooms and rooms (endless rooms) of bits of rock with signs claiming they were Aboriginal Axes. Jeez they had a lot of axes. The visitor I was showing around was as underwhelmed as I was. They blew up a hospital and built this giant building for endless rock chips? We must have more interesting stuff, surely.

justbands 10:28 am 18 Dec 08

I don’t think it’s a great musuem either, although my 11yo has always enjoyed visiting (much prefers the War Memorial though). One thing though….Australia has a very, very long indigenous history & a very, very short European one….do the maths.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 10:27 am 18 Dec 08

Its what happens when you put a bunch of corduroy-wearing lefty academics in charge of the place

Pretty much. Having some stuff that was actually interesting would also be good, especially if they could get some more culturally interesting material.

All the Aboriginal stuff gets pretty tiresome.

And Thumper (comment #7) – LMAO!

peterh 10:25 am 18 Dec 08

Roadrage77 said :

Its what happens when you put a bunch of corduroy-wearing lefty academics in charge of the place.

they could always foist the indigenous items onto AIATSIS, and create an annex exhibit there.

probably able to display a lot of the collection.

Roadrage77 10:23 am 18 Dec 08

Its what happens when you put a bunch of corduroy-wearing lefty academics in charge of the place.

peterh 10:20 am 18 Dec 08

where are the fossils, the dinosaur bones, the megafauna skeletons, etc, etc?

in every other bl**dy museum across australia. you would think that the “National Museum” would at least have items from each of the other museums, wouldn’t you.

wrong. perhaps they need to keep only one ceremonial spear, a single boomerang, divvy the great hall up into more exhibits.

Roadrage77 10:17 am 18 Dec 08

Joebananas said :

I say we get everyone who is responsible for that hideous, boredom inducing monstrosity, lock them inside the Museum and then let Canberrans hunt them using their trillion-strong collection of Aboriginal spears and arrow heads. Kinda like paintball. But fatal.
That’d be a Night At The Museum I’d enjoy.

I just sprayed instant coffee all over my monitor.

Thumper 10:11 am 18 Dec 08

I’ve been to the Smuggler’s museum in the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor. And the witchcraft museum at beaucastle in Cornwall. Both are small, badly planned private museums with very little funding. Sadly, I rank them both ahead of the NMA.

H1NG0 10:11 am 18 Dec 08

The National Museum is a bloody joke. The best thing was the first Holden in the foyer. As said above, the rest of the museum is just a big Indigenous guilt trip.

Joebananas 10:07 am 18 Dec 08

I say we get everyone who is responsible for that hideous, boredom inducing monstrosity, lock them inside the Museum and then let Canberrans hunt them using their trillion-strong collection of Aboriginal spears and arrow heads. Kinda like paintball. But fatal.
That’d be a Night At The Museum I’d enjoy.

seekay 10:07 am 18 Dec 08

Not to mention Phar Lap’s cricket box!

Die Lefty Scum 10:05 am 18 Dec 08

Far too much space taken up by indigenous token gestures rather than stuff that people actually want to see, like Dennis Lillee’s aluminium bat / Chopper Read’s severed ears for example.

shanefos 10:00 am 18 Dec 08

Philistines!

seekay 9:57 am 18 Dec 08

The world’s largest collection of lycra from indigenous athletes. What am I bid? Thank you sir. Is there any rise on 25 cents?

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