Strange things, eclectic things, random things – all wonderful things! As Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum celebrates its 40th Anniversary, an exhibition ‘Wonderful Things: Celebrating 40 Years of the Gold Museum’, pays homage to its vast collections, showcasing everything from taxidermy, fashion and art, to pharmacology and weaponry.
On now until 10 June 2019, Wonderful Things is a mix of the wonderful, historical and downright strange.
“Since 1978, the Gold Museum has been collecting objects and stories that relate to Ballarat and the Victorian goldfields. This new exhibition represents the museum’s unique role as custodian for the almost 150,000 objects that underpin the Sovereign Hill experience and represent the unique heritage of the area,” says Sara Quon, Sovereign Hill CEO.
The exhibition also features a special partnership with the Ballarat Arts Foundation and composer Daniel Tusjak who produced a whimsical and quirky soundtrack inspired by the museum’s eclectic collection, which can be heard in the exhibition galleries.
The museum’s oldest costume piece will also be on display at the new exhibition – an elaborate dress dating back more than 200 years. The hand-stitched dress is embroidered with crimson foliage pattern, and is just one of fashion items that is on display as part of the exhibition.
The exhibition also features a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ filled with a strange and eclectic mix of objects, including a carpet beater, which was used before the invention of the vacuum cleaner when rugs and loose carpet were hung outside and struck with a carpet beater, as well as a hot water urn and lid, which is said to arrived in Ballarat with its owner John Holloway in 1854.