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Night at the National Dinosaur Museum

What better way to spend a Saturday night than with my two minis at the National Dinosaur Museum.

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A part of me was hoping that it would come alive like in the movie “Night at the Museum,” and with this hope I asked our tour host Phil if it would be the case.  Hardly missing a beat, he replied that his stories would make it come alive.  Little did I know that this wasn’t just a throwaway response; it turned out to be quite an understated promise.

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Alive it became, not just mechanically but indeed through Phil’s stories. The robotics gave the exhibits movement and his words gave them life. You could see the look on people’s faces that their imaginations were going on a journey.

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When it comes to hosting tours, Phil is right up there as one of the best I’ve experienced. Not only did he capture the hearts and minds of the little ones, who followed him closely through each section of the museum, but also those of the big kids who were there posing as parents.

The museum exhibits themselves are exquisite, and there is much to see and learn about dinosaurs, fossils and rocks. It’s all there waiting for you to explore.

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Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Earlier this week dozens of local humans and I spent an evening at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, and what a privilege that was. We were treated to some fine food, live music, special demonstrations, and access to areas generally inaccessible to the public.

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While it was a great night, it was not lost on me that having lived in Canberra for two and a half years and attended events on the lawns of Old Parliament House, this was the first time I had stepped into this majestic building, and how little I knew of what was on offer.

When I had friends and family visit last year, Old Parliament House was not on my radar of suggestions for places to see. That is all about to change. Looking on their website I see they have various exhibitions and collections, as well as special activities for children – something I will be checking out with my minis.

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Just stepping inside to admire the architecture and feel the character of King’s Hall is worth the price of admission – a very affordable $2 for adults – alone, and something I will be recommending to friends and family in the future.

Check out the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

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