The miniature doors of Mini Mega Model Museum have opened at Melbourne Museum, where curious kids of all ages are invited to enter the world of the weird, sometimes wacky and always wonderful world of models and miniatures.
Delightfully quirky and irreverent, Mini Mega Model Museum is a playful exploration where imaginations can escape and run free. Showcasing an array of models and miniatures that have been part of the museum’s collection since its founding in 1854, Mini Mega Model Museum invites visitors to slow down, zoom in and take a closer look at the world around them.
With more than 300 objects on display, visitors will encounter models of life-sized objects, small things made big, big things made small and everything in between across three galleries. There are model specimens in the Zoomological Laboratory to investigate, famous landmarks made of everyday items and the marvellous rooms of Pendle Hall – a fully furnished mini-mansion so intricate it took over 40 years to make!
According to experience developer Zoe Meagher, the reasons for model-making are as diverse as the models themselves – but they all share a connection to scale and detail.
“We were curious about how shrinking, enlarging or replicating something through model-making can help you notice details and appreciate the real thing in a new way, or even transform your own feeling of scale,” said Meagher. “It’s something we’re playing with in the experience itself, and we hope visitors will love looking closely at these models and spotting their special secrets.”
Families seeking fun ways to keep busy and spark big imaginations this summer holidays have a wide range of activities to choose from at Melbourne Museum. Kids can get crafty learning the art of model making in the Mini Mega Makers Workshop where they will sketch, paint and create their own models to add to the mini mega showcase.
Mini Mega Model Museum
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Exhibition continues into 2020
Free entry after museum entry
For more information, visit: www.museumsvictoria.com.au for details.
Image: Pendle Hall – installation view at Mini Mega Model Museum – photo by Thomas Holloway