Visiting the capital of Australia? My top three things to do in Canberra are museums, museums, museums...One of them is actually a minature garden museum - Cockington Green Gardens.
Visiting them is not only instructive but also fun.
And these museums are not like the usual ones where you wander about trying to make sense of the exhibits as you pass along.
If you are not a connoisseur of the museum theme or if you did not consult Wikipedia or read guides before starting your visit, museums are, usually, places where you are likely to see a lot and understand a bit.
Not the ones in Canberra.
They are interactive, full of stories, movies, movement, fun and action. And in all of them you are right in the middle of the action; you are not just a passive watcher.
Plus most of the museums offer visiting tours ran by volunteers who are passionate about what they are doing. And the best thing of all? Usually those tours are free. Just ask the concierge if there is one going while you are there. If there is, don't miss it. It will really make your museum experience so much better.
So which are some of the best museums to visit when you are in the capital of Australia?
Here's my selection:
While not a museum in the true sense of the word, Cockington Green is a garden where its owners display knee-high length replicas of various buildings and items that exist somewhere around the world. Most are in England, but some are representative symbols of various other countries.
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Imagine being a giant and wandering around a miniature town with streets full of people, pushing a stroller, reading the newspaper, mowing the lawn, getting ready for a game of cricket or soccer, visiting the Stonehenge...
And if the house replicas are not enough to blow you off your feet, then the dwarf plant species, the manicured lawns and crystal clear creeks will make your day.
If you haven't been to Europe or if you have and want to see it again, without flying, go to Cockington Green Gardens. Most constructions there are scale replicas of streets and houses in UK and some European regions.
Want to travel further? Why bother?
There's an international section with highlights from around the world: a colourful Argentinian neighbourhood, an Indonesian temple, the famous Machu Picchu, Dutch windmills and many more.
Cockington Green Gardens is definitely one of the top things to do in Canberra. You can spend the whole day there, ride the steam mini-train, have a nice picnic or try the garden cafe.