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Mini Mega Model Museum at Melbourne Museum

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Be astounded by models and miniatures

The Mini Mega Model Museum is currently showcasing a number of astounding models and miniatures at Melbourne Museum until the 27th of January 2020. This quirky and intriguing exhibition is indeed an experience for all. There are more than 300 exhibits to explore and discover, and here are some of my favourites.

The Colosseum, made from corks, is the only known survivor of English artist Richard Du Bourg's collection not destroyed by fire. Du Bourg modelled the Colosseum using cork to capture the decaying character of its architecture. Cork modelling of classical buildings was popular in the late 18th century.

The Tupolev Tu-104 aeroplane is a twin-jet medium-range Soviet jet airliner designed by Andrei Tupolev to serve with the USSR state airline Aeroflot. This model was made to 1:35 scale, and its sectioned fuselage showed the distinctive split passenger cabin.

The set of doll's furniture, made from chestnuts, comprises one table and four chairs. Licia Bazzara was inspired by her mother to produce 'toys' using natural products such as fruit and flowers.

The miniature baskets in glass phial were weaved by Gunditjmara artist Eva Pointing. Eva is a senior Victorian Koorie weaver who has researched southeastern baskets for many years. These miniature baskets could be worn as pendants due to their size.

The carousel was built by Alfred Mervyn Smith using whatever materials he could find around the house such as old coffee tins, magazine pictures, pop sticks and board game pieces. He loved old English carousels and created this model in the 1980s.

And, last but not least, the fully furnished 21-room 4-storey Georgian period dolls' house created by Felicity Clemons in the 1940s. It contains multiple family rooms, kitchen, laundry and staff quarters.

Coming from a Design and Technology background, I find all these amazingly interesting. The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 5pm, and entry is included in your general admission museum ticket.
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Why? Be astounded by models and miniatures
When: January 2020
Where: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Victoria
Cost: $15 adults, $10 seniors, free for children & concession
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by Olga Junek on 13/01/2020
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