Today our class went to the Tasmanian Museum and Gallery to help the museum staff make audio guides for visitors to the museum. We were interviewed about what we liked to see at the museum and important things you must see when you visit. Our voices will now be turned into audio guides and people will be able to listen to us talk about the museum. We spent most of our time in the Tasmanian animals, plants and rocks room, but we also went into the Thylacine room as well. Most of the questions we were asked were about these rooms.
While people were being interviewed, the rest of our class explored the Tasmanian Animals, Plants and Rocks room. Some of the things we learnt were:-
The Huon Pine in the gallery was 500 years old – Luca.
One of the biggest trees in Tasmania is taller than the Hobart casino – Diva.
I learnt that when people cut down trees on the inside there are rings and that tells you how old it is – Oliver.
At the museum I learnt …. that trees grow wider every year and they grow rings like we grow taller and every year it grows a new ring. The sliced tree in the museum has 500 rings so it is 500 years old – Gemma.
I saw a snow skink and it was lying on a rock because all lizards (reptiles) are cold blooded so they lie on rocks to warm up – Jude.
The mountain shrimp has been around since the dinosaurs – Amelia.
I learnt that crayfish burrow under water – Liam.
The grass in this picture is called button grass. I learnt about button grass – snakes like to live in it – Spike.
Animals which live in the mountains are called Alphine animals – Vincenzo.
We saw some animals which were alive but have now been stuffed with sting and other materials, to preserve them – Abeeha.
I learnt that artefacts are treated very carefully to preserve them and they get things from other museums on loan – Hugo
At the museum I learnt that a kind of crayfish was the largest kind of freshwater invertebrate -Rosie
I found interest in the Thylacine room because it had its own room because it became extinct – Alex.
I learnt that they could not breed the last thylacine because there was only one – Ruben.
I saw a Tassie Tiger, a Tassie tiger’s skull and skin. The Tasmanian tiger is believed to be extinct but I don’t think it is the case, neither does Mrs Briggs. Mrs Briggs thinks she heard one deep in the bush in south western Tasmania – Michael.
I learnt that every Thylacine has a different set of stripes like we have different fingerprints – Felicity.
I saw porcupine in the Thylacine room. It was in there because it had been swapped for a Thylacine body. the Thylacine was sent to an Italian museum and the porcupine was sent to the TMAG – James.
What did you learn when you visited the TMAG or any other museum?