I visited the NMA for the first time in 5 years on the weekend. I was interested to see how they had changed the exhibits since my last visit. It’s a funky looking museum but I’m concerned that it doesn’t project a realistic vision of Australian history. If you mean the facade is cool, well yes it is…symbolic of the museum’s achievements! I wonder if others are concerned like me about the way Australia is envisioned in this multi million dollar project completing in time for the 2000 Olympics?
G’day Kate, thanks for dropping by. I checked out the museum late in the arvo, and so wasn’t able to get around the whole lot, so can’t really say if it represents our history properly.
But from what I saw, I thought it got a fair bit across. The beginning film in the revolving cinema, I found really powerful. For me it brought up feelings of how long a history and wealth of experience our country has through our Aboriginal heritage, but as a nation combined, we’re still a very young nation, yet to embrace it fully.
Maybe it was the mindframe I was in at the time, and with this trip, but it made me think about how much knowledge and potential we (Europeans) have sidelined by excluding or attempting to assimulate the Aborigines into this new nation. This is changing now ( I think anyhow)
Within the museum I went through the agricultural/ introduced species part, and then into the displays showing weaving and aboriginal history and culture. Then out into the courtyard. What I got from this, was how much potential we have within our country, to address our future challenges. My niche of interest is growing to be how to create a more linked in, sustainable, community centred way of living.
I think it depends also how you experience museums, galleries etc. too. I tend to use the time, more to let my mind wander, and take in the surrounds, but not at a huge level of detail. Mainly for me, it’s a visual/audio experience, which then fuels my mind to think more of what could/could’ve be/been.
What were your concerns with how Australia was envisioned? Do you feel it was rushed for the 2000 deadline? I read an article about how there are some who say it should have been a bigger site. I’d be keen to hear a bit more about what you think.