I’m proud to say that I have finally visited all the attractions along South Bank, Queensland. It’s funny that I have lived in Queensland for six years and have not been to the Maritime Museum sooner.
The Queensland Maritime Museum is a boat museum. It has famous boats on display as well as other seaside paraphernalia like historical navy equipment, lighthouse lights and buoys. What I loved about the museum was that we could walk around and touch everything. A museum is more entertaining when there is interactivity.
One of the big attractions in the museum is the HMAS Diamantina, a naval frigate from 1945. You get to walk on all the levels of the ships, from engine room to bridge. There are many pictures and plaques explaining how the naval staff use to live aboard the ship. It’s pretty cosy in the walkways but I imagine it must have been very crowded when it was an active ship.
Another famous boat at the museum was Jessica Watson’s Ella Pink Lady. Jessica Watson is an Australian girl who sailed around the world by herself when she was sixteen in 2009.
I enjoyed going to the museum and I recommend it to everyone. I’m going to take my dad there one day when he has a day off. He likes boats and I can imagine him inspecting stuff and saying “They don’t make them like that anymore” or “back in my day…” My dad always says stuff like that.
I also think the museum would be great for a school field trip. It would really help students to get an understanding of Australian history. When I was studying a history course, I learnt that an artefact always helps students to realise that history is about real people. Personally, I feel that it’s a much better approach to learning history than just learning about facts and figures.
Do you like to visit museums?