On Saturday 6 October, we awoke to cloudy skies, misting rain and whipping winds in Sydney. Turns out Chicago isn’t the only ‘windy city’ in the world as we found ourselves doing respectable mime imitations through much of the city as we rounded corners into the teeth of the wind. We’ve had much warmer temperatures since we arrived (90F/30C) and although the temps were around 60F (20C) we weren’t going to be thwarted in enjoying the city. Today would be museum day.
A short walk from our apartment through the Domain had us at the doorstep of the Art Gallery of NSW. It’s certainly hard not to compare it with the very spacious Art Institute in Chicago but we felt it held it’s own with a lovely collection of contemporary and classic art. There seemed to be a great number of people enjoying the museum as well as students and families and we greatly enjoyed all it had to offer.
We wandered through the city to Chinatown for the afternoon and the Powerhouse Museum in the Darling Harbour area. Having been constructed in 1902, the building housed the original power station for Sydney’s tramway system. Many renovations and years later, it houses a wonderful hands-on museum encompassing everything from space and technology to decorative and domestic arts with an emphasis on Australian achievements in all categories. The main spectacle is Locomotive No.1, the first train in Sydney. A beautiful restoration has left the train in pristine condition and the narratives had us picturing what a rather lengthy trip might be like from Sydney to Parramatta in 1863.