On The Move And In Style At The Museum Of Sydney

  • Mums & Bubs

I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly on the move… Who has time to stop and smell the daisies when all I can smell is a pile of nappies overflowing from the abyss (nappy bin) and a never-ending pile of plates that are awaiting to be slayed! 

And to top-it-off, running after my four children all-over Sydney makes me think that Bilbo Baggins kind of had it easy with his little ring adventure. 

But what if there was something which made the whole family slow-down, take a breather and learn a thing or two about transportation in the fast lane? Well, may I suggest that you make a pit stop at the Museum of Sydney to see James Gulliver Hancock’s latest interactive exhibition, ‘On the Move’. 

After visiting Hancock’s impressive exhibition last April, ‘How Cities Work’, his latest exhibit is charming and well-worth visiting with the family. It’s not often one will find an exhibition that caters specifically for youngsters as young as 3, but also pre-tweens (around 3 to 8 years of age). Kids will discover how different modes of transportation work and how they impact on the environment.

As soon as we walked into the ‘On the Move’ exhibition, my 3 year old zoomed ahead of me and felt immediately at home. Every station is hands-on, educational, thought-provoking and loads of fun! Kids will also enjoy the humorous jokes placed throughout each of the displays.

If you have a kid who enjoys reading ‘fun facts’, he or she will enjoy the subtle trivia placed sporadically in displays. Bite-sized concepts are demonstrated through the use of Hancock’s clever illustrations and designs which are utilised to demonstrate a point and to assist with children’s thought processes. 

Displays such as ‘Gridlock’, ‘Take Flight’, ‘Fuel Up’ and ‘Test Drive’ (just to name a few) allow kids to construct and test-out and launch paper planes, experiment and examine the effects of a gridlock, play with an illustrated electric car at the ‘Fuel Up’ display and, for those wannabe future engineers, build and test drive your very own LEGO car on various courses.

A little imagination and some elbow grease definitely goes a long way at this exhibition. And I didn’t mind my youngster whittling away some of his super-charged and high octane energy. 

For those who display a creative flair will feel at home and have an opportunity to go-wild and colour, design and display to their hearts content with their very own dream vehicle. For those wondering, only in-style will do for me! 

As a parent, I enjoyed the displays. I was also blown-away by just how much Australians have contribution to the evolution of transportation. Its not a concept I’m familiar with but, thankful that this has been bought to my attention because I now have more of an appreciation and newfound respect for these Aussie pioneers. 

The kids loved their time at the Museum of Sydney and this exhibition. I struggled to drag away my little one when it was our time to be ‘On the Move’ and leave for the day. 

Not only did my children and I walk away with a better understanding of the evolution of transportation but also more of an appreciation for the hustle and bustle of those constantly on the move making way for the future and beyond.

The Details

Where:     Museum of Sydney, Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney 
When:      Saturday 7th November 2019 – Sunday 1st November 2020
Cost:        Exhibition is free with museum entry. Adult $15, Child / Concession $12, Family $38

Free for children under 3 years and Sydney Living Museums Members.

For more information, visit their website

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