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Day 03 – Sydney

Posted on Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Dave!Today was finally my chance to take it easy, which meant visiting a few museums instead of walking all over Sydney again. Luckily Kazza was kind enough to head back into the city to map out my morning, so all I had to worry about was keeping dry until the rain finally let up this afternoon.

   
The Australian Museum is a massive repository of the critters which inhabit the continent. There's also a special exhibit for Aboriginal art that's pretty great...

Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal Art
The way Native Australians "see" the world is endlessly fascinating to me.

Seal vs. Penguin... FIGHT!
Seal vs. Penguin... FIGHT!

Scary Cat
Not a happy kitty. Probably a little upset about being shot and killed.

Snake in a Tree Branch
Most all the exhibits are dead, mounted, and stuffed... but there are some exceptions.

Dinosaurs Bones!
What would a museum be without dinosaurs?

Very Scary Dinosaur
A pity dinosaurs are extinct... some look like they'd make a fun pet.

Very Scary Spiders
Yeah, seeing one of these monsters would have me totally losing my shit.

Pretty Dead Butterflies
Not all the insects shown are some scary shit... just most of them.

Skeleton Sitting in a Chair Reading
Fun with dead people in the "Skeletons" exhibit.

Skeleton Man Riding a Skeleton Horse
Ride 'em cowboy. The most disturbing thing about this? No ears on the horse.

   
The Art Gallery New South Wales is a fairly traditional art museum with a smattering of impressive works by popular painters... but it also has a beautiful selection of Aboriginal art which makes it uniquely worth visiting (alas, none of it photographical)...

Art Museum Gallery
It's amazing how museums never seem to run out of paintings.

Realistic Ape Girl Statue
Ape Girl with scary hand monster. How charming.

Bat Baby Statue
Demon angel with bat wings, snake, and lizard. Rock on, little dude.

Dogs vs. Boar
Rabid Dog Pack vs. Wild Boar... FIGHT!

   
The National Opal Museum is a small exhibit which is mainly a front for an opal jewelry store, but it does still manage to give some insight into how opals are created and crafted...

Dinosaur in the Opal Museum
Apparently dinosaurs made the opals. Or became opals. Or something.

Dinosaur at the Opal Showcase
Now dinosaurs help you purchase beautiful opals from the many jewelry showcases!

Massive Opals in a Vault
Pretty! As in "pretty fucking expensive."

   
And thus an early end to my last day in Sydney. I was just too drenched and tired to do anything else. Maybe when I swing back this way I'll have some better weather.

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Comments

  1. WTF was that thing in the middle w/the Ape girl petting a giant hand?!? How the hell is that thing museum worthy???

    Everything else looked neat-o!!

  2. Sybil Law says:

    I love love love that first piece of art, but that fucking ape girl with the hand is one of the creepiest things I’ve ever seen!

  3. Sarkawt says:

    Oh yeah! Awesome photos once again EXCEPT the ape girl with thing she is holding; it actually looked very much like holding a deformed baby from Hills Have Eyes movie…damn, that was scary!

  4. martymankins says:

    Penguin! I hope he won in that fight. Well, I guess he and the seal and the kitty and pretty much everything above didn’t win. But cool photos of the museum. A nice way to escape the rain.

  5. the muskrat says:

    what a great museum! glad you took pictures.

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