I’m working for Kraken Crumpets at the Museum of Technology and Transport today, and have the joy of trying to figure out how to get there. No trains are available in this part of town, so I have to rely on the bus. Sheer dumb luck gets me off at the right stop, and I wander round to the service entrance.
Today is Electric Car Day – apparently the last in a week or two of events advertising electric cars in New Zealand. On display are Tesla’s, and the more affordable brands that people are probably more capable of buying. Most of the people running the event are trying to convince people to book a test drive, just to get them to consider buying electrical cars in the future – as well as talking about the cars in general.
Sadly, the weather isn’t all that great. It’s been raining since 6 this morning, which has reduced the crowds somewhat. Most of our customers are only interested in our coffee machine rather than crumpets. Not helped by the fact that the weather means we keep our table wall up and there’s nowhere for people to eat.
Thankfully, the weather does clear up for the afternoon, and those not wanting to spend a fortune at the café wander round our way. Still not the huge crowds expected, but once it’s dry enough to drop our table, we start getting good business.
I get let off around 2:30 when it’s clear it won’t get much busier, and take the opportunity to wander round the museum. Despite the name, this is predominately a museum of technology – not that there aren’t vehicles on display, there’s a tram that runs around the museum and a steam train being stoked by volunteers – but the focus is on communication, how lifts/pulleys and generators used in transportation actually work, and plenty of hands exhibits for kids.
My favourite section however, was the Da Vinchi exhibit. They’d gotten replicas of dozens of Da Vinchi inventions, as well as replicas of his most famous paintings and put them on display. Even now a lot of his work feels advanced – many of the devices really worked, and heavily resemble devices invented in the future. He was a very unique human being.
This is actually a pretty interesting place to visit – though probably best with small children. Met a few families who had the year pass, just because it was such good value for money considering the number of events that happen here. I’m personally thinking of coming back at Halloween as they’ve having some kind of masquerade event – watch this space.