Wednesday, 25 January 2012

A Museum Trip

When Mr Tartankiwi told Rascal that we were going to the museum, she became really excited and exclaimed "just like Maisie!" and then added "Are we going to see a dinosaur Daddy?". For those not in the know, she was referring to this book.

"Ummm yes" we mumbled, keeping our fingers crossed that the museum really did have a dinosaur. It had been about 8 years since our only other visit to the Canterbury Museum, so as you can imagine we were a wee bit hazy on the exact contents of the museum.

This was our first experience of taking a child to the museum and it was so so different to our usual museum trips where we stop and read the boards and take in all the details.

This time, we let Rascal set the pace and soaked in her enthusiasm and wonder. It was great to watch her excitement as she saw each new display and to see which exhibits caught her imagination.

In the historic recreation of a street, she loved the shoemakers shop. This was again due to one of her favourite stories- Jip and Janneke (Dutch classic children's literature which we are fortunate to own as an English translation). In one of Rascal's favourite Jip and Janneke stories, they take Jips holey shoes to the shoemaker.

I was unprepared for how emotional I would find the Toy shop in the same street. I must admit that I shed a quiet tear when I saw the dolls house which had been left in the state that it was found following the major earthquakes with books strewn across the floor, food flung from the pantry and pictures squint on the wall.

For me, the highlight of the trip was the "Hearts for Christchurch"exhibit though. This is an exhibit consisting of over 4000 hearts which have been sewn, quilted and felted by people of all ages and all abilities and sent from all over the world.

I noticed hearts from Australia, Scotland, the USA, Canada, Finland, Wales, England and the Bahamas to name but a few.

Some hearts had serious messages, others brought a smile to my face.
I think that blue one was my favourite "Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day"

It really is a beautiful and if you are in Christchurch then I urge you to go along and have a look before 22 February when the exhibit ends. If you are not near Christchurch then hop over here and get an impression of some of the beautiful hearts that I'm talking about.

Oh and incase you were wondering... yes there was a dinosaur!



  1. I love the mummy in the museum - her wrappings expose a little bit of her heel, that always held a morbid fascination for me! Thanks for the tip, I'll get down to see the hearts soon.

  2. I had no idea that heart exhibition was there! Yay something awesome (and cheap!) to do this weekend.

  3. Glad there was a dinosaur!

    I love the hearts exhibition, just beautiful :)

  4. These hearts are amazing, maybe they could raise more money for CHch by having them displayed at other museums throughout NZ

  5. I've been through the museum a couple of times lately and not noticed the dolls house. Will look more closely next time.

    Did you take Rascal into Discovery (behind the dinosaur) - it's $2 but well worth it - all stuff children are allowed to touch and explore their own way.


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