Santos Museum of Economic Botany: Adelaide, Australia

If you’ve ever had an interest in the history of food, clothing, and textiles,

and how they became a part of a region’s economy, you’ll want to visit the Santos Museum of Economic Botany when you’re in Adelaide, Australia.

The museum has educated the public on the sources of food, drugs, and clothing that entered the economy of Australia during the 19th century.

Unearthing the Past

When you visit, you’ll learn about the historical uses of food, seeds, and other plants that were used in Australia during the Industrial Revolution. Believe it or not, at that time it became a priority for emerging industries to hide where their products came from. In addition, for more than a century, the Santos Museum of Economic Botany was instrumental in revealing contributions made by populations of Aboriginal peoples which would have otherwise remain hidden from public consciousness.

The Pomological Collection

Many consider this feature the highlight of the collections which you can see at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. The Pomological Collection includes models of 129 pears and 192 apples, and serves as an intriguing look into the history of economic botany as it contains varieties which no longer exist today. The models were acquired for the museum in the late 1800s and are made out of papier-mâché. 

Santos Museum of Economic Botany: Permanent Exhibits

If you visit the Santos Museum today, you’ll be able to see permanent exhibits like the Fungi Model Showcase, which features over 200 models depicting fungi in different stages of growth. You’ll also see authentic fruit models from Germany that were used in the 1880s to educate farmers in setting up their crops.  

Although interest in the Santos Museum waned during the 20th century, the museum was renovated in 2009 and is capturing the interest of the public once again. The museum is now part of the Adelaide Botanical Garden, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore over 3000 items, many of which are presented with their original labels;

If you’re visiting Adelaide, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to explore this intriguing aspect of Australia’s past. For more information about the Santos Museum of Economic Botany, please contact us.

Museum Tours and Rare Diseases?

Located in Kensington, New South Wales, the heart of Sydney, is the Museum of Human Disease.

You can find over 2,700 specimens of disease filled human tissue.

What to Know When Visiting

If you’re planning a visit to witness firsthand all of the interesting pathology that’s been studied, get excited for the low cost of touring. You’ll find that it’s only a $10 charge per adult to go through the museum and enjoy the historical platform. Teachers, UNSW staff and students get in for free, and holiday and event programs run year round. Being the only publicly accessible medical pathology collection, you’re certain to learn a thing or two.  

The museum originally opened in the 1960s to provide education to the public, regarding the importance of managing your health and lifestyle choices. Viewing displays, you’ll find diseases that no longer exist, are rare and reflect changes in our society in the present-day, as well as potential future threats when visiting. Learning about all of the diseases we have faced and are facing, gives you the upper hand at knowing your enemies. 

Rare Findings at The Museum of Human Disease

You may find specimens obtained via autopsy or a surgical removal while walking around. Each display offers information on abnormalities, history and clinical descriptions that are available. From inflammation of a gallbladder to brain tumors, heart attacks and close-ups of chronic ulcers – there are plenty of organs on display to showcase the impact we have on our bodies as well as diseases. Learn about unique diseases from around the world and what we’ve accomplished in curing them.

Before planning your visit, check out the interactive images offered by the museum online. 

You may want to leave the cameras and snacks at home though, as they are not permitted inside the museum. You can choose to settle for concessions close by, or branch out to various restaurants in the city to enjoy after finishing your tour and learning all of the amazing ways the pathology field progresses daily. 

Sources: 

Interactive Images and history – http://web.med.unsw.edu.au/pathmus/default.htm

Pricing, general rules, and booking – https://www.diseasemuseum.med.unsw.edu.au/visiting

Take a Ride Through Time at the Sydney Bus Museum

Looking for a bit of historical fun on your trip to Sydney?

The Sydney Bus Museum is home to a collection of retired buses that date back to the 1920s. What’s even better than that… You can ride them!

Here’s what you need to know:

The Museum Basics

Headed up by a team of history-loving volunteers, the Sydney Bus Museum is open to the public on the first and third Sunday of each month from 10 am to 4 pm. With your entry ticket, you get all-day access to the museum and unlimited rides for the day on the running buses. The bus ride takes visitors 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) to the Queen Victoria Building and then loops back to the museum in Leichhardt.

What’s in the Collection?

There are twenty-six New South Wales (NSW) government buses, eighteen buses that were previously privately owned and operated, and fourteen additional international buses and smaller vehicles such as tow trucks and training cabs.

The oldest bus in the collection is the Ruggles from 1924. The Ruggles was operated as a private bus by The Riley Brothers until it was retired in 1946. It took on a new life as a food truck in the 1960s and 1970s and was unused for some time until its discovery and restoration by the museum in 1978.

Buy a Piece of History

The museum gift shop has the usual items you’d expect such as model trains and collectible t-shirts, but this “Bus Shop” offers so much more. There are many original historical pieces for sale such as vintage signs, ticket machines, destination rolls, and conductor bags. Check the website for the latest items available as they are subject to change.

Volunteers 

“Working together as a team to preserve and promote Sydney’s road transport history.”

The mission of the museum is clear, and the volunteers work together to make it all possible. Every position, from the drivers and conductors, to the guides and administration, is filled on a volunteer basis. Each volunteer follows a strict code of conduct with the aim of preserving these wonderful historical treasures.

The Sydney Bus Museum is definitely worth the trip, so be sure to plan ahead to view and ride these historical buses.