See Old Things In A New Light: #31Newness No. 14

See Old Things In A New Light

I love visiting museums. I'm fascinated with the archives of stories and relics that they contain.

To me, those old stories and things seem fresh again whenever I go and visit.

Over the weekend, my family and I managed to visit three museums here in South Australia because we were entertaining a couple of friends who were visiting from New Zealand.

1. South Australian Museum - When it comes to museums, this is the state's pride and joy. We've been here a few times before, especially the permanent displays. And, I find it amazing that a visit here is completely free of charge (except for the special exhibits where you have to pay).

2. Hahndorf Academy Museum - This is only a small museum, but I enjoy visiting it because of the relics that they've managed to keep.

I was especially fascinated by this list of early settlers in this German village out of Adelaide:

Early German Village settlers in Hahndorf

I don't think I've seen this list in previous visits, so I loved seeing it this time around.

Also enjoyed seeing these antique cooking gadgets on display:


And this recipe for recipe for honey biscuits:

It's a gold coin donation museum.

3. National Motor Museum - Located in Birdwood, this is museum that I've never visited before even though I've been living in Adelaide for over 10 years now. My daughter went on a school excursion here a few weeks ago, though, so she was the first one from our family to come and visit.

Admittedly, being a non-car person, I wasn't too keen. Maybe that's why I've never even tried to go. But, since our visitors are a bit of a car/bike aficionado, we thought that this would be a good place to show them. We were right. They enjoyed it.

And, incredibly enough, I was taken with it. They have an amazing collection of cars and motorbikes from different countries and eras. So, even though I'm not exactly a rev head, I loved it.

These are just some of the cars that we saw in the museum:

Ferrari replica at the Motor Museum.

Yes, that's a Ferrari replica.

And, just look at these incredible vintage cars collection: Chevrolet, Jaguar, DeLorean, Lamborghini, etc ---

Vintage cars: Chevrolet, Jaguar, Delorean, Lamborghini, etc.

It was definitely worth the visit.

I really should know by now that regardless of the theme of the museum, I won't be able to help myself but enjoy them. I guess museums are really just like storykeepers. They hold stories from many years and provide visuals and experiences from those years.

That's why they are always very inspiring to visit.

What about you? Do you enjoy visiting museums? Do you have favourites in your local area?


This is my 14th entry to the #31Days of New blogging project, where I’m exploring the concept of #31Newness. Two weeks' worth of daily blogging today! Hopefully, I'll manage to keep it up for the rest of the month. 🙂

About the Author Shai Coggins

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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