Friday, December 11, 2020

Then and now, old and new..

 

I confess to being anxious that the magnificent flight of stairs leading up to the second floor of the museum might somehow in the construction of the new WA Museum Boola Bardip be replaced. Thankfully here they are super polished and dressed up with golden handrail albeit minus the green carpet..   

The last time I took a few pics of this grand old staircase was back in 2015 below before construction began and as much as I love the new museum and I really do, the romantic part of me will always miss stepping up the elegant green carpeted stairs leading to...

... these guys in the Mammal Gallery. 'Many of the display cases and specimens here dated back to 1890/1900's when the Museum was still young'. It did indeed feel like stepping back in time but we need to move forward and encourage a younger generation to learn about the past in a way they understand, which seems to include many interactive activities :) Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..


25 comments:

  1. Glad they kept the staircase. They do look better without the green carpet.

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  2. Dearest Grace,
    That is a majestic staircase in wood. It looks like Mahogany... but nowhere I could find any info.
    The renovated stairs look far better to me, without the green carpet on.
    Maybe I have our own staircase in mind, that used to have green carpet and now is just gorgeous solid oak, risers and all.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  3. Fantastic staircase! Looks nicer without the carpet. It is probably much quieter with the carpet.

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  4. A magnificent staircase. I agree with the others that it looks great without the green carpet.

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  5. What an amazing staircase. I'd enjoy that museum.

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  6. An impressive museum Grace...thankful that very little changed except the green carpet.

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  7. stairs always remember me Hitchcock's movies,cool picture! ew :)

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  8. ...the staircase is gorgeous!

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  9. What a beautiful staircase. The exhibits are dinosaurs today. I love them though.

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  10. Very cool and clever shots, Grace!
    Looks slippery, though 🤣.
    Oh! Very well done, so sad we cannot come over, glad you show this!

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  11. That's a superb staircase, what workmanship! I suppose we have to keep our bigger museums up-to-date, though I have a soft spot for those cranky old museums that remain unchanged since Victorian times. There's a splendid one in Keswick (I hope it's till there) which included among it's exhibits a set of musical stones, a mummified cat and a pair of William Wordsworth's gardening gloves. Priceless!

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  12. What wonderful staircase photos. Having built stairs for Habitat houses, I am impressed with the craftsmen's skills in these old fashioned stairs. This is quite an impressive museum.

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  13. Hello Grace,
    That are many stairs..!! A long walk.
    Great to see the historical skeletons of the animals.

    Greetings, Marco

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  14. Time marches on, Grace! I love those old display cases though.

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  15. The timberwork is a wonderful colour. The green carpet looked ok and I might reinstate but not right to the edges of the stairs. But as it is now, it is perhaps safer.

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  16. Gorgeous wood and outstanding workmanship. My vote would have been to find a way to keep it, but I love old construction. At the very least, I hope they were able to repurpose the wood.

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  17. Few daily trips up and down those stair would get one into shape.
    Stay Safe and Coffee is on

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  18. But it still looks great and it shines like a mirror.The museum must have a great cleaning team to get that effect.(Don't hope its lack of visitors due to corona).

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  19. A stair fit for a King and Queen to walk slowly downstairs.

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  20. They did a great job maintaining those stairs. They look super. That is quite a collection of mammals in those showcases.

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  21. Marvelous! Like our Bishop Museum. Perth & Honolulu have many historical/Architectural similarities I think.

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  22. Oh wow,I would love to visit here. Stay safe Diane

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  23. I think it looks much better without the carpet. I hope the floor stays shiny though.

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