Yesterday I took my son to Auckland Museum to see the Tyrannosaurus Rex ‘Fossil Skeletons’.
The first thing you see as you approach the main entrance to the museum is a rainbow flag flying in parallel with the New Zealand Flag.
A bad omen, for it bares testimony to the fact that The Museum is operating not by objective truth, but under the Woke Political Agenda.
It was quite a sight to see Two Tyrant Lizards on display.
On an interactive screen one of the things you could check was ‘How much of these skeletons are real fossils’… and it turned out to be ‘Not much’.
So most of what was on display was ‘fabrications’ based upon ‘expert opinion’… and from ‘replicating fossils found elsewhere’. From looking at the displays themselves the fabricated portions were seamlessly blended, weathered, ‘aged’, etc so as to be unperceivable from the real portions.
This is intentional.
Think about that.
‘Creating the desired perception’ has taken precedence over the honest representation of bare facts… which could have easily been achieved by making the fabricated portions conspicuous by employing a slightly different hue.
At least they admitted the truth in the interactive interface.
I enjoyed the display, appropriate for primary school children to be awed.
I could not shake the sense that given how little of the skeletons were real fossils, that the display was disingenuine.
I think what has been done with the T Rex on display is an example of how the Woke staff contemptuously treat history in general… like it’s theirs to play charades with.
They do not allow the artifacts to speak for themselves but arrogantly impose upon visitors the radical far left interpretation of events.
This Political indoctrination acts like the carefully crafted artificial scaffold that supported the Tyrant Lizards upright.
The experts impost their own posture onto the bones of history to control the perceptions of the visitors.
Cringe Wokeness is everywhere.
Despite overt virtue signaling, there is indisputably a dearth of real ethics and integrity going on there.
It is apparent to me that the Museum’s current management are more focused upon presenting Politically correct ideological narratives than History as historically understood.
The Rainbow Picture above is from here: Auckland Museum recognised for Rainbow Excellence in inaugural awards.
Much of what is on display at the Museum today is fake… the degree of fakery has become extreme…
After seeing the Dinosaurs my son wanted to look at the War artifacts, and when we reached the gallery for the New Zealand Wars of the Mid-late 1800s, what was not on display was as conspicuous as what was on display.
What was being fed the public was barely history… Sir George Grey was not there… nor any of the Colonial heroes who defeated the Rebel Maori. Von Tempsky was not there.
Yet they had on display such villains as Kereopa Te Rau, who murdered the Missionary Carl Volkner in 1865 and ate his eyes (they did not mention this).
The only quote I saw from ‘King maker’ Wiremu Tamihana was deceitful in that it painted the Pakeha as the ones in error and the Kingites as doing the right thing.
I am not disputing the authenticity of the quote (though that is the only time I have ever herd it), I am disputing it’s lack of context and obvious bias involved in it’s selection for the display. Without context the quote is used to beguile.
It was selected from among thousand of his utterances, not for true history’s sake, but to push a specific modern day political agenda, for Tamihana was a very complex person who said many things at different times much of which is conflicting.
The Woke Staff at the Auckland Museum are presenting a heavily skewed version of events that is dishonest, revisionist, and Quazi.
So IMO the Museum is no longer a repository of history, but an engine of Woke propaganda… and it is shameful.
Like much of the fossil T Rexs on display, The history section about the New Zealand wars is also largely artificially scaffolded fabrication carefully crafted to appear real.
When I was young the Auckland Museum was one of my most favorite places to visit, the displays were plain, and only bare facts were put on small tags. In the silence visitors were left to their own thoughts.
People were free to wander about and chose how and what they wished to see.
Today things have changed, and not for the better. Now visitors must walk prescribed ‘tour paths’, and the Museum takes it upon itself to impose the official narratives upon visitors at every step. The displays have more ‘Props’ and ‘mock ups’ than actual artifacts.
I wonder How many truly wonderful artifacts are stacked in dusty boxes out back… removed from display to make room for all the Politically correct fakery???
There is so much phoniness about the museum these days, and unwitting people are more likely to emerge indoctrinated rather than educated.
That is by design.
You feel less like you have had an encounter with the relics of history and more like you have attended a woke political workshop.
This is not ‘inclusive’, but exclusive and narrow minded.
For a lover of History it is nauseating, and I could not wait to get out of there.
Update: 7-2-23 The Woke folk did exactly the same thing in Australia!
This smacks of WEF Globalist Agenda …..
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