This place is awesome. The blurb on their pamphlet says:
"You will walk in and say WOW!"
and I did!
Remember museums before they got all touchy-feely, art gallery sterile, and a bit boring?
(that's how I feel about modern museums anyway. I think they've lost something in their attempt to be user friendly. What do you reckon?)
You might like white walls and bright lighting, but I prefer the museums of my childhood: dark, spooky, and a bit on the daggy side. I like feeling like I should whisper and mind my p's and q's while I'm looking at fossils and relics and dinosaurs. I like that feeling of reverence I felt in museums whem I was a kid on school excursions (not sure if reverence is the right word here, but I hope you get the gist). I reckon museums are far too clean and tidy these days, and that is why I fell in love with this place.
(that, and the fact that it's housed in an old Slavonic Hall, built in 1926, but currently rocking more of a 70's interior: original bar in corner, alpine mural backdrop still on stage, perspex chandeliers (love them!), velvet curtains etc. etc.)
Here are some pics, they're not that crash-hot (actually, they totally suck!) but don't let them put you off - please. It's a really cool place. I know you'd like it, and remember, it won't be long until the July school holidays...
A fleeting glimpse of Annabel,
they're antlers hanging from the chandeliers.
Kangaroo Paws (now you know - if you didn't already!)
I found this exhibit a tad unnerving.
Now I know some of you might find all this taxidermy stuff upsetting (every time there's a cow hide in an interior on Design Sponge, The Design Files, etc. there's always a few comments from outraged readers), but Michael Buzza, Master Taxidermist(!) and the chap behind the museum, only works on animals that have died of natural causes, so don't fret too much, okay.
(and when you've had your fill of the museum, there's always Guildford's antique strip - Curio Warehouse is my fave)
Thanks for reading x