While Man is but a student trying to emulate Nature, the ultimate Master, there is something only Man can create - namely, concepts. Only Man can resize, rearrange and rethink existing things in order to render them a new meaning.
That relatively small exhibition, located in the basement of an ordinary building in downtown Victoria, is a whole world combining just about everything: history, literature, daily life, you name it! At the exhibition, medieval London is rubbing shoulders with modern one, and WWII armoured vehicles are right next to a neat train running down the recently created Pacific Railway, while Napoleon’s soldiers in tricolor uniforms seem to be saluting their counterparts from the Allied Forces descending on the same German town a century-and-a-half later...
The variety of that – I have to repeat myself – relatively small exhibition is quite stunning, but so is its precision. Social historians could probably write a big article (if not a small book) about English manors in the times of the Tudors, their only source of information being the 20 or so exhibits depicting one such manor in every imaginable detail. Likewise, architects and city planners could study medieval building styles and materials, or various layouts of medieval towns, just by looking at respective exhibits. All in all, the presumably “children’s museum” turns out to be yet another microcosm of our whole world at large – and a very special experience for anyone who appreciates talent, creativity, and imagination.