Today we wanted to do something different and decided we’d be Cultural. Free Cultural to be specific.
The weather was not the best for walking around so we really had to pick indoor things to do.
My daughter had been looking online and really wanted to go to the Acmi Museum. What a lot of fun that turned out to be!!!
We walked down to Federation Square, shivering and holding on tight to our scarves and hooded jackets. It was cold and raining!!
We were super excited to find out that the Alice in Wonderland exhibition was open at Acmi!!! (not free)
Today was going to be perfect regardless of the weather!
It’s running until the 7th of October and I highly recommend visiting if you find yourself in Melbourne!
Click on the link to find out more about it.
I don’t know what it was about ACMI but it was just thrilling to be there. We went into the free museum first, looking at all the exhibits that showed us how film and telvision got to be what we know it as today. It was all so interesting!
There were a few Alice in Wonderland related things in the foyer. Of course, we stuck our face in the hole…
There were so many exhibits in the free museum. Much much more than I expected. I’ll share a few pictures but I could write so much about each one of these exhibits. You could really spend hours here.
And check out the video that my daughter and I made in one of the exhibits. It truly was Matrix worthy!! (after a few false starts)
So then it was time for the Wonderland Exhibition.
Only my daughter and I wanted to go so my mum, sister and sister in law waited it out in the cafe.
We were exchanging photos as we went along.
This was at the top of the stairs, at the entrance to the exhibition. It was spinning and quite mesmerising…. down the rabbit hole we went!
We couldn’t help but squeal when we saw the room at the bottom of the stairs!!!
We grabbed our pamphlets and listened to the instructions and then were left to decide whether we were going to go through the big door or little door…
I’ll share some pictures of the exhibit which are all related to the book. Perhaps you’ll recognise some of the areas?
Towards the end we were invited to the Mad Hatters Tea Party and what a magnificent light extravaganza it was!!! The pictures will NOT do it justice! It went for four and a half minutes and they just flew by! I was so sad when it was over.
We walked into a room that had a table set with plates and bowls. Everything was white.
The walls behind us were blank.
Then the music started and things started appearing on the walls – Quotes from Alice in Wonderland.
Then the colours started happening and the walls started filling with amazing scenes and landscapes!
As you can see, towards the end it looked like there was food on the plates! We also saw ants and butterflies flutter across the table. It was so cool!!!
We were almost at the end. We got to the craft room where there were lots of activities for kids. There was also a place you could put your face into. A camera would take your picture then when you looked on the giant screen, your face would appear on a playing card travelling across the screen with lots of other playing cards.
Big kids that we are, we had to do that!
And if you haven’t picked us out, here’s a close up of my daughter and I
And two last pictures from the exhibitions, ending with my favourite character, the Chesire Cat.
We felt like we’d been transported into another world so it was a bit weird to come back out and join the rest of our party.
We walked down to Crown Casino, had an overpriced lunch then walked back down to the National Gallery of Victoria.
Check out this beautiful swan with her babies!! She was gathering them under her wing.
It was just so adorable!!
Again, my mum, sister and sister in law didn’t really want to walk around there so they decided to head on back into the CBD while my daughter and I marveled at the displays.
Thank you for persisting with this photo heavy entry! We had such a great day!!!
We got back to the room earlier than planned because it was just so cold.
It’s our last night in Melbourne and we’re celebrating by eating junk, watching Netflix, and reliving our experiences. I’m a little bit nervous as the weather is supposed to be just as bad tomorrow but… I’m sure we’ll make it fun one way or another!