Usually on display at the Shemanovskiy Museum in Yama, Lyuba the 42,000 year old baby woolly mammoth from Siberia has headed down into the Southern Hemisphere for the first time every. Frozen and preserved by lactic acid-producing bacteria, she is the most complete and best preserved woolly mammoth ever discovered. We couldn’t resist heading into Sydney at dusk for a look.
Australian Museum Welcomes Woolly Mammoth to Sydney
‘Lyuba’ the real, 42,000-year-old baby woolly #mammoth has arrived at the AM – all the way from Russia! It’s her first ever trip to the southern hemisphere. → https://t.co/UbCaC7P7FT #Mammoths #australianmuseum pic.twitter.com/ZA3ReBafRT
— Australian Museum (@austmus) November 16, 2017
Mammoths – Giants of The Ice Age
The Kid Bucket List was invited to an incredible education preview of the new Mammoths – Giants of The Ice Age exhibition. As night fell, I explored the exhibit alone, stopping at each section to marvel at the items curated for exhibit.
The Mammoths – Giants of the Ice Age exhibition features over 100 specimens, seven full-scale replicas and six touchable models. At centre stage is Lyuba who is viewable from all angles.
For those of you who have visited a museum or two with kids, you will know that if they can’t touch the exhibit is unlikely to keep the kids focused or interested. The curators behind this exhibit have worked hard to make it quite interactive. You are encouraged to let your curiosity lead you and touch many of the models. There’s even an app for those visitors who like a digital experience!
Whilst the exhibition focused primarily on the Mammoths and their experience on Earth, you will also learn about Paleolithic people of Eastern Europe. You can see how they sometimes built their houses with mammal bones, the tools and weapons they used and their interactions with other mammals during their lives. It’s quite fascinating, although I think the kids will be more excited about all the different activities they can do around the exhibit.
Before you head to Mammoths – Giants of the Ice Age, ask your kids why they think there are no longer any mammoths on Earth? They’ll have a chance to check if their hypothesis aligns with any of the popular theories as you walk around the exhibit.
The Mammoths – Giants of the Ice Age exhibit is currently open and will run right through to 13 May 2018. The exhibition is exclusive to the Australian Museum in Sydney, and possibly your only chance to see Lyuba in the flesh.
Address: 1 William St, Sydney
Open: From 9.30 am every day
Ticket Prices: $51.00 for a family ticket for 2 adults + 2 children