There are large state museums and then there’s the off-the-radar places quietly doing their thing to educate us all.
The Marine Museum (aka Adventure Education), is one of these places – quietly tucked away, among the caravans and tents at Hastings Point, lies this little marine science treasure gem.
To be honest with you when I walked in I thought we would be there for a quick look around, but the more you look the more you see truly fascinating things…
There are hundreds of preserved specimens, petrified sponges and shells. Detailed personal sketches and drawings, quick displays of interesting facts and microscopes available for everyone to see different details. This may be the largest personal collection in Australia!
We met Ted Brambelby, the marine biologist who founded the museum, and that was when our whole experience changed. We stayed for ages! His passion was visible from the moment we saw him, and he totally grabbed our attention.
I didn’t know anything about Ted before our visit but with a bit of research I found out that he is a remarkable man, passionate about marine life, sustainability and education (what a combination)! HE has turned his life into a mission of creating a generation of ocean conservationists.
His knowledge, easy going attitude and age appropriate approach really made our experience at his museum, We could not believe the plants and animals that make up the marine ecology of the nearby creek and coastal waters.
Ted spent so much time with Noah, combining detailed biological concepts with the fascinating visualisation of stereo microscope projection of live preserved marine specimens onto big screen television.
We used microscopes and magnifying glasses, feel starfish, sea urchin – a true hands-on experience, which is so important for children of any age to have.
We learnt many useful pieces of information about species that live in our area, like what shells we can not pick because they will kill us, others can just hurt us. As a parent this was a great way for Noah to understand what he can do or not do around our local rock pools, which we love to explore. It’s great that days after this adventure, Noah keeps talking about the facts that he learnt and the things we need to do in order to preserve the wildlife at our local rock pools!