On Tuesday 6th of June 2017, the curious Foundation Explorers wanted to seek an adventure and travel back in time. Their faces shinned with enthusiasm while they put their investigating shoes on to inquire into their central idea “Our lifestyles change across generations”. The Explorers buckled up in their time machine and was ready for take-off on their excursion to the Melbourne Museum to learn.
First stop: My Grandmother’s Toy Box:
The Explorers were being very respectful while unpacking a family trunk full of old toys that have been handed down through the generations. They were able to identify with playthings from different historical periods. The story introduced the explorers to the concept of change and continuity: how life was in the past and how it is different today. The story connected with families from different periods of Melbourne’s past and shows how every family is part of the broader historical narrative.
The Explorers loved going back in time so much, that they decided to go back in time a little further.
Next stop: Dinosaur Walk:
Putting on their archaeologist coats the risk-taking explorers discovered how prehistoric animals lived when they got up close with skeletons of dinosaurs, flying reptiles and giant extinct mammals. In the Dinosaur Walk exhibition, the explorers saw real dinosaur eggs, touch a real dinosaur thigh bone, walked alongside a long necked dinosaur and discovered what they all looked like when they were alive.
The independent explorers were so intrigued by what they saw, that they were beginning to wonder more and more about dinosaurs and their extinction…
All this travelling back in time needed a balance of sunshine, so the explorers put on their open-minded sunglasses and continued their adventure… Buckle up.
Next stop: Forest Secrets Gallery.
Discovering Victoria’s mountain forests the explorers stepped into a living fern gully complete with waterfall. Following the pathway to discover how water shapes the landscape and taking a close-up view of small fish, frogs and skinks.
Ahhhh the serenity… So peaceful.
The Explorers filled up their energy levels with Vitamin D and were ready to become scientists… They put on their caring gloves and were ready for the next adventure…
Are you ready?
Next stop: BUGS! BUGS! BUGS! Bugs Alive!
The Explorers became scientists when they examined the external features of real insects, spiders and other arthropods, using a hand lens to look up close at all bugs.
So close, that even they were shocked how they became apart of their habitat.
The explorers were asked if they wanted to be in a room full of over 600 mammals, being the confident explorers they were; they accepted this offer… They put on their co-operation socks and walked towards their next destination… Let’s go!
Next stop: Wild Gallery
Who would have thought seeing over 600 mammals, birds and reptiles from around the globe in the Wild exhibition would be so exciting and wonderful. The Explorers got up close and personal with some of the most beautiful animals from around the world.
Definitely dressed for the occasion the explorers had so much to see on their adventure at the Melbourne Museum. They were very excited to walk through; The Melbourne Story Gallery, Marine Life Gallery, and Dynamic Earth Gallery.
During this adventure the Foundation Explorers were being; risk-takers, open-minded, caring, enthusiastic, respectful, confident and principled travelers. It was time to hop back into the time machine and return back to 2017. Buckle up…. Here we come!
Stay tuned for our next adventure.