MAASive Lates: Science

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To welcome the exciting Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week, the Powerhouse Museum opened its doors for a late night event (6 – 9pm) called MAASive Lates.

It was a night filled with all things science-related, it truly was like an adults’ playground! We each had an ‘experience passport’ that showcased a variety of exhibitions, performances and hands-on activities. It was a free-entry event, though you had to have purchased a ticket, I believe was useful to them knowing how many people would turn up. The event had 3 pop-up food trucks and a very long table topped with non and alcoholic beverages.

Some things that were showcased are:

UK space scientist Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock with ABC’s scientist Ruben Meerman, periodic table bingo (did not even attempt – due to lack of knowledge in this area haha), memory test, curator tours, speed meet a scientist, body movement workshop, science research encounters and much more! Can’t wait what they will offer for next year!

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Auckland War Memorial Museum

The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

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Day 2

I love visiting museums. Be it a war memorial, art, music, etc… but I really love visiting museums that showcase the country’s history. New Zealand’s history is a rich and a traditional one, they have natives that started the culture through songs and dance, which is then passed down to generation to generation.

Luckily enough, not only did we get to see the items preserved in the museum, we also had a chance to watch a Maori Cultural Performance ($25 pp). I recommend going here and to see the dance, before venturing to other sites or even before you leave. It’s also beneficial to have some cultural knowledge of the place visited. There is an entrance fee of the place, I will have to get back to you on that once I get the information (to be updated).

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How awkward was I haha

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RATE: 4/5

Auckland War Memorial Museum

The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

One of my first attractions hitting Auckland, was the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Why not start the travel with educating myself, getting a few historical background on the land I’m stepping on!

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My partner and I thought the place would be close by, fortunately we took the taxi most of the way up because we actually saw that the museum was on top of a very large hill (looks like a dormant volcano).

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Basic layout of the museum, made it very easy for a foreigner to navigate about. I really liked the exterior of the building, because it reminded me of those British architecture back in World War I.

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I’ll update once again to get the price of the entry tickets, because above was just the price for the cultural performance. We made it on time to see a fabulous performance by the Maori performers at the museum. Man, was the harmony amazing! You can definitely see how rich their culture was, with their games, songs and dances, so beautiful.

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  I actually recorded us on the trip, so once I get the time I’ll upload. I got on where they performed a song of theirs, you’ll get to hear their wonderful voices. What me and my partner agreed on, was that their performance of the Hakka (war dance) was memorable! Seeing it live, gave the exotic and native feel very different from always watching it on TV.

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He’s checking out his new ride… haha kidding. It looks tiny here, but it’s soooo long and the carving was brilliant. Like imagine just carving away, all those intricate details damn.

So we checked out the rest of the museum, it wasn’t too large so you can finish the place in about 2 to 3 hours. A lot of Maori culture, weapons and the everyday objects they used back then. There was this Maori house they had near the exit of the museum, it required you to remove your shoes before you head inside. We didn’t go in because I wasn’t bothered to remove my shoes haha, but you see two people working on a pillar and I think they were carving.

Like I said, I’ll upload the video we took at the museum soon. Keep reading!


UPDATE:

Found  the price, and it’s $90NZ per adult. I’ve finally had the chance to upload the videos during the trip yay! I’ll upload it on another post

RATE: 3/5