Friday, 8 April 2016

#67 Rocks Discovery Museum

Thankfully, this is not a museum about discovering rocks.  That would be a very niche attraction, and not one that would tickle my fancy.  Instead, it is a small museum about the history of The Rocks area of Sydney.

Unsurprisingly, it is located in The Rocks, but you could easily miss it if you weren't looking for it.  It is on Kendall Lane, which of one of the lanes that is easily missed if you are just wandering around the area.  It's in an old sandstone warehouse building, and doesn't look like much from the outside.  It doesn't advertise itself too much, and we were a bit unsure if we had the right place at first.

Inside the small but well organised Rocks Discovery Museum
However, the inside is a very nice and well designed museum.  It only has about 4 different rooms, each of which houses a different exhibit.  The rooms are not huge - even if you read every description and take your time, it shouldn't take much more than an hour to get around it all.  It contains pictures and various bits and pieces from the past in The Rocks.  Things like clothing, crockery and tools.  There are also some touch screens, and there was a video playing in one of the upstairs rooms while we were there.

Another of the five smallish rooms that make up the Rocks Discovery Museum
For an ignoramus like myself, some of it did get a bit boring, but I don't think I have ever been to a museum where I didn't feel that way.  If you actually have the mental capacity to maintain interest in these things for longer than about half an hour, then you will really enjoy it.  However, the really fantastic thing about this museum is that it is free.  This meant we were quite happy to go in, have a quick half an hour look around, and then leave, without feeling like we had wasted our money.  It's a really well run and organised museum, so given the free entry, it is definitely worth a quick look around, unless you hate museums even more than me.

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