Nasa: A Human Adventure, is the current exhibition at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane.
On a tranquil Sunday morning, our family jumped on the Airport train at the Coomera train station with destination South Brisbane. After about 50 minutes we disembarked at the beautifully restored station and, mum’s and dad’s bodies in dire need of caffeine, we popped in at the Charming Squire, virtually 50 metres to the left of the train station.
After some dark brew for us and some fruit juices and breakky for the kids, we started the short walk to the Queensland Museum, which only took about 5 minutes. Once at the museum there was a bit of a queue to purchase tickets, but after 10 minutes, tickets in hand, we climbed the stairs to level 3 where the exhibition starts.
We entered the first hall and were welcomed by what my children called the Dr. Who’s Tardis. In effect, it reminded me very much of the trusted Doctor’s companion during his travels through times and space. Here we were presented with some information about those who first dreamed of space travel, and ow their ideas sparked great interest in the field.
After this, the exhibition focusses on the space race fever of the 1950’s between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.
Some very cool original objects can be seen and photographed (but no flash), like the lunch box here shown.
Then we’re shown what the pioneers of space travel managed to make: here you can learn about the first rockets upto the most successful rocket ever made, the Saturn V. Some real engine pieces are showcased in this section. Also there 1:1 scale replicas of the cockpits, where you can see how small these were. I felt a bit claustrophobic just looking at them, can you imagine spending days inside one of them? Ethan and Stefy were very impressed to say the least.
At this point we exited the hall on the third floor and went down to level 2, where the exhibition continues. Here we were welcomed by artifacts and information about the endurance needed to travel through space. There are some very interesting, to say the least, gadgets and tools needed just to carry out normal body functions that some will find surprising (hint: where do you go to the toilet in space?).
Finally, a replica of the section of the Space Shuttle allows to get a glimpse into this fascinating machine who, despite some tragic accidents, has been so successful in humans’ quest to explore our orbit.
The Nasa exhibition in Brisbane is open until 9 October 2019. Ticket price are $21 per adult and $12 for children aged 5-15. Children younger than 5 are free. If you’re a family of four like us, you can purchase the family ticket for $58. There are some discount if you hold a concession card or if you’re a student.
To get there I highly recommend using the train if you live on the Gold Coast: it’s so easy to arrive at the station and not have to think about parking. Also, our children enjoy travelling by train and it allows for some good quality time with some nice chit chat going on.
In conclusion, should you go to see the Nasa: a Human Adventure exhibition? I really think so. If you have kids aged 5-15 they will definitely love all the objects on display and learn more about space travel.
If you don’t have children but are even somewhat interested in space or just human achievements you will undoubtedly spend a nice morning or afternoon at the Queensland Museum.
What about you? Have you already been at this Nasa: a Human Adventure exhibition? Is there anything you’d like to add? Can you suggest any other event around the Gold Coast or Brisbane areas that is worthwhile visiting? Please feel free to share your comments below.
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