Home      About us      Links      Photos with Teddy  
April 27, 2010

Memories of yesterday's blue skies, blazing sun and high of 18 degrees have faded quickly in the face of today's wet flurries.  Aside from all the spring flowers everywhere it feels like late November! 


Of course, a few flurries weren't enough to curb Elizabeth's desire to go outside, so when I read that the currency museum is located inside a "tropical indoor Garden court", it was obvious where we'd be headed after her nap. (2010 museum count: 6. Remaining # of museums to visit: 30.)


I'd never been to the currency museum before but I was quite impressed, especially since there is no admission fee.  The architecture and landscaping are really beautiful.  Hopefully it's not wasted on the bankers and accountants that get to work out of offices backing onto the garden court! 


We duly admired the Rai stone money from Yap and Elizabeth had fun dropping a penny or two into the wishing pool.  The museum itself is only a few rooms but they've made good use of the space and it's jam-packed with information.  I was only able to read a few snippets here and there as I was also supervising Elizabeth but what I did see was fascinating enough to warrant a second visit.  I think a guided tour of this place would be very interesting too.


The displays are very artistically arranged, although I don't know whether this comes across in my photos (No flash photography allowed, plus dim lighting, plus active baby doesn't lend itself to brilliant pictures.)  The museum reminded me a lot of an art gallery. The physical space has a lot of comfortable places to sit, including bean bag chairs for the younger visitors. 


A few of the things I found particularly interesting:

  • A reproduction of an actual "talent".  Somehow this wasn't what I visualized last time I read Matthew 25:14-30
  • The simulated bank vault with all kinds of older and newer bills.  I took a picture of the Portugal slide just for Grandma and Grandpa H!  Newer Canadian bills are much less pretty than their predecessors.
  • The whole discussion of coin shortages in the colonies.  So many people made coins back then!  I was strongly reminded of Terry Pratchett's very amusing "Making Money", which Brendan and I recently finished reading.

The exhibits are surprisingly child-friendly.  Elizabeth was delighted to discover at least three different colouring stations.  Not quite as popular as the colouring was the exhibit with different fur to pet (pelts were used as currency).  Possibly this reminded her of the scary polar bear at the Museum of Nature, but eventually she got into petting the fur and flipping the panels up to see the corresponding animal underneath.


Elizabeth's favourite part of the museum was probably the two coin memory games.  Each game had eight pairs of matching coin reproductions hidden by panels attached with velcro.  Elizabeth spent quite a lot of time pulling the panels off, throwing them over her shoulder and then grabbing them and putting them back on again. 


A group of about fifty teenagers arrived just as we were leaving so I quickly stuffed a protesting Elizabeth into her snowsuit.  We walked home with wet snowflakes streaming out of the sky.

Leave a comment:
E-mail * This is not displayed online!
Please enter the text you see in the picture:
Please identify the text in this image

 Previous Posts /  Following Posts

Recent posts:
-Red Stripe Test
-Food kids demand we photograph
-Easter Sunday
-Easter Saturday
-Baby animals

May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
May 2008
Start at the beginning

Powered by Phibian Technologies Inc. Content Layout Engine  
Copyright © 2019