Year 7 Excursion to Melbourne Museum – Carrum Downs
On Tuesday the 14th of August, the UTE7 Students invaded the Melbourne Museum to see the Mesopotamia Exhibit. In History we are studying the Ancient World. It was amazing to see the understanding, that they had gained during UTE lessons, as shown by students when asked questions by the presenter. During the exhibit, the students were broken up into groups to gather information on the Cities, Religion, War and Writing. The students had an amazing time and didn’t want to leave. Some of their reflections on the day are found below.
“Before we could go and learn about Mesopotamia we got to opportunity to go and explore the rest of the museum. My class went to two different parts of the museum. One section was about Melbourne history and we saw Phar Lap which is a famous horse who had a giant heart which made him run faster than any other horse in history. It was all very interesting and I liked all of the hands-on activities. The second part of the museum was about bugs. Lots of people were freaked out when they saw the little creepy crawlies but I personally liked it. They were interesting and cool to look at.”
“There was one really fantastic thing that happened at the Mesopotamia Exhibit. I was looking for my last answer. Before I could find it this lovely male senior citizen asked me, “Would you like to know some helpful and interesting trivia?” I gladly said yes and then he told me that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon are one of the Ancient Wonders of the World. It really was delightful to find out such a riveting piece of information. I really found it truly wonderful.”
This tablet is part of a chronicle of the main events of the years 605 – 595 BC. It is especially important because it records Nebuchadnezzar’s first capture of Jerusalem in 597 BC and the deportation to Babylon of Jehoiachin, the king of Judah, his family and other prominent people. This is described in the Bible and marks the beginning of the Babylonian captivity. (Source: www.museumvictoria.com.au)