The Sydney Museum of Words is an amazing, astonishing, bonza and FREE exhibition. It will educate locals and tourists alike with a collection of only the best words Australia – and Sydney – has to offer.
The museum is a "world first", generously supported by the City of Sydney's cultural grants program, in conjunction with the Sydney Writers' Room.
The exhibition showcases words offered from some of the great names of our generation, including writers, philosophers, actors, business people and others who have "loaned" words to the project. Prominent figures such as Rupert Murdoch, Bob Hawke, Germaine Greer and Julian Assange, as well as "lesser people" whose names I will not publish are among those to contribute words for people to ponder over.
Visitors are encouraged to spend time reflecting on words which are displayed around the exhibition and to reflect on the different meanings they can have, depending on context.
Take FREE, for example. Entry to the exhibition is FREE which means it costs nothing, zilch, zero, gratis and is complimentary. FREE also means without constraints, liberty and loose. It also means allowed, permitted and unrestricted. The exhibition is ALL OF THESE.
The Museum also includes an audio tour, which describes the etymology (that'd be a winner in Scrabble) of each word, telling the story of its significance to Australia.
Adults and kids alike will enjoy the exhibition and will undoubtedly come away having learned something about the Australian language.
More information about the exhibition can be found at the Sydney Museum of Words official website.