National Museum of Australia
Kids love the KSpace gallery where they get the chance to design houses and vehicles of the future. With fierce concentration, they use the touch screens to select shapes, colours and alternative energy sources. In the 3D theatre they don special glasses and see their own designs come to life in an animated sequence, complete with sound track.
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■ The First Australians gallery where kids can audition to be radio announcers for the Goolarri interactive radio studio, or learn Aboriginal dancing by following projected images and using an interactive, pressure-sensitive floor.
One of the most important objects in the museum is the Batman Land Deed, the first document to acknowledge that Aboriginal people owned land in Australia before Europeans. It was drawn up between pioneer John Batman and the Aboriginal people of the Port Phillip Bay area in Victoria. Museum curators invented a special display case to protect this document from the deteriorating effects of heat, light and oxygen. The case is filled with argon gas, which is heavier than oxygen and pushes any oxygen to the top where it can be extracted.
■ Pick up or download a family trail brochure that will take you all on a quest through the museum.
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