Last weekend we went to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 exhibition. This exhibition features a selection of winning and commended entries to the annual competition of the same name. Owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife, the photography competition has been running since 1964.
In previous years, we attended the exhibition in its home at the Natural History Museum in London. Since moving to New Zealand, however, that obviously became impractical and we missed the 2012 competition.
Needless to say, we were super excited when we found out that the 2013 exhibition was on loan to the Auckland Museum. We made it to the Auckland Domain with enough time to walk through the Wintergarden Pavillion – who would have known that Auckland had such beautiful built environments?
Much like libraries, museums are the most tranquil places. You can always trust that you will find calm inside a museum even if you are in some of the busiest places in the world (e.g., National Gallery in Trafalgar Square).
What I like the most about Auckland Museum is the fact it is not just a depository of historical artefacts (like those beautiful outfits from the 1970s).
It is an historic place in itself (first museum in New Zealand) and a war memorial that tells a bit of the story of New Zealand and its people. Often, the stories it tells aren’t just about keeping a memory of the past. Exhibitions like Moana – My Ocean embody the true purpose of History – to learn from the past and shape a better future.
We had a truly enjoyable afternoon at the museum and left with plenty of time to enjoy the sunlight on a mild Autumn day.
It was so pleasant we decided to walk home across the city – a luxury we now have since we are no longer locked away in the suburbs!
Hope you had a wonderful week and have plans to enjoy life where you are – be it indoors or outdoors, around town or just at home!
Leather sandals – Bought in my hometown at Sapataria Vassalo (Santarém, Portugal)
Handbag, jeans, trench and foulard – Mango
Navy jumper (not picture) – H&M