Melbourne Museum

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Subject: Melbourne Museum
From: Victoria Quinton <>
Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2000 10:28:06 +1100
Thank you to those who have replied to my daughter's question about the
birds at museums.

Mention of 'the olden days' of shooting them seemed enough.  Emily did not
want to know more detail about just how the birds are preserved

Both of my children loved being able to touch some things, including an
echidna spike,  a ceremonial human hair and emu feather skirt; seeds, pods
and other parts of native plants; shells and gemstones (particularly as
there were magnifying glasses).

They made music , blew bubbles, and played a variation of ten pin bowling
in which the ball was singing, in the Children's Play area.

They loved the whale skeleton near the entrance to the museum, and wondered
where the dinosaurs were.  I think they are in one of the sections that
aren't yet open.

We are now Friends of the Museum as well as Friends of the Zoo.
We went to the Zoo after the museum, where  butterflies and the Great
Flight Aviary were high on my daughter's priority list of things to see.
She was most taken with the collection of blue things around the
bowerbird's bower.
P O Box 3009
Frankston East  Vic  3199

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