Saturday, 26 April 2014

A history of the world in 100 objects

Nathan was flying again last night, and after a quiet morning at home waiting for him to wake up, we did a a little bit of a drive-by sightseeing (it's very hot in the afternoons), around Saadyiat Island.

They have just opened a new exhibit at the Manarat Al Saadiyat, in collaboration with the British Museum - "A history of the world in 100 objects".

We weren't allowed to take any photos inside this exhibit, but it was quite superb. The story told spun two million years of human history. It told about our beginnings, the first cities, power and philosophy, ritual and belief; about trading and invading, innovation and adaptation and encounters and connections. It told us about the world of our making, and the world of today.
We got an opportunity to learn more about where we come from, and ultimately who we are. It was pretty cool.

We could take photos outside, in the rest of the museum. They had this funky chair sculpture..:

... and this very odd looking Porsche:

We also visited their exhibit about Saadyiat Island, and their vision and plans for the years ahead.

This place is going to be the cultural center of the region in just a few years time, with both the Guggenheim, the Louvre and the Zayed National Museum.

These exhibits were all free to visit. The "A history of the world in 100 objects" is on until the 1st of August, so if you are in the region, make a visit!

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