Melbourne: Your guide to museums

Hi Pals,
Recently I was looking at maps [which I have a habit of doing] and noticed that there are a few museums near my work that I’d never even heard of. It got me thinking, how many museums are in Melbourne?

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Wikipedia listed around 40 museums, Airbnb said 30 but only listed 23 and TripAdvisor lists 64 if you tally them all up.
I had to remove the Art Galleries/Museums because it was too much – it’ll be in a separate post.

What classifies a Museum?
The International Association of Museums defines it as follows:
A non-profit making, permanent institution in the service of society and of its development, and open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits, for purposes of the study, education, and enjoyment, material evidence of people and their environment. 

So with that, here’s a list of Museums in Melbourne that are worth some time.

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Ubud-dah add this to your bucket list.

Hello Pals,

I recently went to Ubud for a friends birthday and ‘u bud-dah believe I loved it!’ (sorry.) Ubud was a fantastic time away; fresh food, lovely people and so many sights around that you understand why people want to come and live here. It’s away from Kuta and the party-feel (do the Shaka m8) so although it’s touristy it’s not your typical Australian southern cross tattoo, bin-tang singlet walk around with buckets of alcohol touristy.

 

Read below on some tips for what to do with your time in Ubud.

Monthly Moments: September

Hi Pals,

Thanks for checking in on my September.

I feel like I just started August and now it’s already October???
I ended my month spending time in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia with some of my favourite friends – so look out for my upcoming post on that later.

  • I had dinner with my favourite family member.
  • I made a video for a University class in which I realised I cannot read scripts.
  • I spent some time looking at the The Modern Life, tableware of the 1930s – 1980s currently in The National Gallery of Victoria
  • I didn’t finish a book in September which is a bit of a weird feeling.
  • Spent 5 hours on a Jetstar flight to arrive safe and sound in Bali. Then went and had a big family dinner at a Indonesian ‘Wurung’  (small family-owned business).

Check out my favourite September photo moments below!

Day Trip: Himeji & Kobe.

Hello Pals,
While my friends were off doing something for the day I decided I’d venture off for a day trip to Himeji and Kobe. It’s quite close from Kyoto with a JR pass and to be honest, I didn’t even plan Himeji until I heard it announced over the speaker and decided to continue to Himeji and go to Kobe on the way back.

Here’s how I spent a day trip in Himeji and Kobe.

Monthly Moments: August

Hi Pals,

August was pretty fantastic. I spent my time doing the following;

– Mario kart tour of Tokyo, Japan.
– Seeing my friend who I last saw in Bolivia four years ago!
– Having brunch with my Uncle and Aunt.
– Spending the day exploring The NSW Art Gallery and having great coffee & cake with my favourite gal pal!
– Having a Twitter meet up & winning $10 on a scratchy.

Check out my favourite August photo moments below!

Miyajima

Hi Pals,
When you think about Torii shrines in Japan, one of two places will come up: Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto (check my post here) and the iconic Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima.
Itsukushima is known as Miyajima which literally means “shrine island.” Said that when you die your soul will cross over via boat into the next world.  I can’t suggest going to this little off the track island from Hiroshima enough!  It’s ended up being one of my favourite places within Japan so far!

H I R O S H I M A

Hi Pals,
I was recently able to return to Hiroshima after winning a competition for free flights with Japan Airlines. They’ve just released a new direct route from Melbourne – Tokyo and believe me, it was one of the best flights I’ve taken. A little care package, snacks, decent food and a range of entertainment options (opinion my own).
Last time I was in Japan I wasn’t able to make it to a few places in Hiroshima or Miyajima (at all) due to lack of time and opting to check out Bunny Island instead. This time around, I was ready to have a full two days doing this area.

Picking Podcasts [2]

Hi Pals,

I listen to around 30 hours of podcast material a week as I’m lucky enough to have a Job where I’m allowed to wear headphones. Depending on what I’m working on, I’ll swap it between music and podcasts. To check out my previously recommended podcasts, check here.

So, while you’re waiting for a mate, sitting in the doctors office for an extra 30 minutes or you’re on a long trip – here’s another list to get you through it.

Not all of them I liked, which I’ll elaborate on – and some I loved. Be aware, Sub Category is just the term I’ve put in to shorten “what I believe it’s all about ” not what it might be.

Podcasts can be listened to on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify. All links (no affiliates) take you to their main website.

Osaka: The Cup Noodle Museum

Hi Pals,

If you’ve ever been to Osaka and wanted to get off the beaten path as they say, you’ve probably heard of the Instant Ramen Museum. Located in Ikeda, (a town which loves the Wombat, a native Australian marsupial who has been successfully bread in the The Satsukiyama Zoo) the Instant Ramen Museum makes a great break for something a bit hands on!

So, Here’s all I learnt and did at the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum