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Discover the Dimensions of Migration at the Immigration Museum

Australia is known as a nation that opened its doors to thousands of immigrants seeking settlement in their lands over the last decade or two, thus a museum that illustrates the migrations over the years are portrayed within the walls of the Melbourne Immigration Museum.

The museums primary concern is to display Australia’s immigration history to its population and its visitors. This magnificent structure situated on Finders Street, Melbourne was established in the year 1998, to demonstrate the lives of people from various parts of the world that migrated to Victoria due to terrorism, lack of job opportunity and other conflicts.

The immigration museum brings a number of migrant stories to life during an extensive display of memorabilia, tours, moving pictures, documentaries, computer interactive activities, educational programs and travelling exhibitions.

Visitors to the museum will discover the lives, disappointments, achievements and dreams of individuals and families who sort refuge in Victoria from the 1800 – to date. This nostalgic, interactive museum also showcases a number of ancient replicas that carried some of these asylum seekers during the long sea journeys.

Being among the many tourists attractions in Australia, this historic old building is of key value to Victoria’s customs. This traditional museum accommodates a starting point for the Golden Mile Heritage Trail, which is a historical walk that takes in nearly 80 buildings and attractions via the city.

What’s more, visitors who have an enthusiasm for visiting museums and seeking out the knowledge it reveals, should definitely visit the Melbourne Museum, Railway Museum, Chinese Museum, Holocaust Museum, Medical History Museum, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Jewish Museum, Moorabbin Air Museum, Australian Racing Museum and the Victoria Police Museum among many others.

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The World War 2 Museum in Kanchanaburi

The Bridge on the River Kwai was a famous movie made in 1957 detailing the events surrounding the Thai-Burmese railway being built by the Japanese during World War 2. I remember seeing this movie on television as a child, but it wasn’t until I visited Kanchanaburi that I understood its significance.

Go to any guesthouse in the Kanchanaburi locale and you will find a large posters and information books listing activities and prices for day trips to visit some of the only World War 2 memorabilia in Thailand. For a very reasonable cost, you will be transported directly from your Kanchanaburi hotel to a piece of history.

Some tours half and half days involving tours of other favourite Thai and tourist locations such as Erawan National Park before heading for World War 2 submerged afternoon. Be aware that the experience can be overwhelming, especially for those somehow affected by World War 2 directly or indirectly. Those that had family members in the war may want to take extra time to explore history and impending emotions surrounding the controversial and divisive past. If you choose to skip the Erawan National Park portion of your journey, you can opt for a full-day tour of the World War 2 museum and historical counterparts or simply rent a car at one of the many day hire places and take a stunning drive through the Thai countryside.

Roads leading to Thai tourist destinations tend to be relatively easy to navigate. In an effort to increase and support the Thai tourism industry, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has spent quite a lot of money in developing the infrastructure of tourist destinations, even when other parts of the country go to the pits. Maps are also available in English though you will need to be cautious in the roads as motorcycles can often get caught in blind spots and disorient the driver. Some road rules also differ that the West, though the main problem being that Thai drivers sometimes don’t abide by the rules at all. Be particularly careful at cross streets and traffic lights where right of way does not always equal right to drive. Please make sure that your car is fully insured. On the plus side, renting a car or perhaps a personal driver for a very reasonable cost, will give you more time to explore as well as give full attention to loved ones.

To start you will want to head to the World War 2 history museum. Developed with the help of the Tourism Authority of Thailand as well as benefactors from families involved in World War 2, this mature and handsome museum offers a peek into what it was like to be a Prisoner of War during World War 2. Historical and well-preserved photographs line the walls, as do genuine artifacts such as ankle cuffs and work tools. There is even a documentary played for each visit to help inform today’s generation of the gruesome details of the World’s sordid past.

Following the video you will be guided down to winding hillside path, which leads to Hellfire Pass, also known as Konyu Cutting. This was an unfinished portion of the Burma-Siam Death railway where many men lost their lives and suffered severe injuries from torture and endless days of work in spite of cankerous sores covering their bodies. Many died of sepsis; a blood infection from unhealed wounds. Many were also murdered by Japanese camp officers for being weakened and failing to comply with work demands. The dirt solid tunnel is haunting, especially as a quick wind sweeps through what is normally a peaceful and stunning mountainside.

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Alexandria Black History Museum

You may not have known that the Alexandria Black History Museum was established with many different purposes. Firstly, it is built to celebrate the African American experience in America, then to enhance the lives of visitors as well as Alexandria residents and finally to to create understanding and tolerance among different races and cultures. Certainly, the diverse exhibits will inspire the imagination about the lives and experiences of the African American community in Alexandria and Virginia, as well as African Americans in general for any visitor irrespective of their ethnicity.


The museum organizes tours of the museum, arranges lectures and engages in other activities with relevance to the accomplishments and history of African Americans in Alexandria. The museum’s collection includes paintings, books, photographs and other artifacts projecting the experience of African Americans in Alexandra and Virginia from the year 1749 to the present day.


The museum’s building is a valuable artifact in itself, including the earlier Robert Robinson Library which was once the Black public library during the era of segregation. The Robinson Library houses the permanent collection of the museum. In the year 1995 the museum opened the Watson Reading Room situated adjacent to the museum; this too is a historic site as the building was used as a church and early school for the Black community. An array of sculptures produced by famed sculptor and artist Jerome Meadows for the Alexandria African American Heritage Park are also an integral part of the museum’s collection.


The whole collection of the museum is very diverse and encompasses over 3,000 artifacts. Religious objects form an important part of the collection, with items like a century old pump organ utilized at a Baptist church in the region and a church bible of similar age attesting to the religious heritage of the people.


Original documents relating to the lives of African Americans such as those involving segregated schools, military credentials of Black soldiers and documents involving the history of Black organizations are another highlight.


Other notable categories including African objects such as wood carvings, a steadily evolving collection of photographs relating to their experiences and the Moss Kendrix collection, the documents of a groundbreaking Black public relations firm are other major categories of the collection.


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Ghost Hunting At Doncaster Air Museum, Yorkshire With Simply Ghost Nights 20th August 2011

Yet again we have to say a huge thank you to both Alan and Billy from the Doncaster Air Museum for all their assistance in ensuring that the event ran smoothly and professionally. The Doncaster Air Museum is definitely one of the Simply Ghost Nights team favourite venues for spirit activity, the team have witnessed full bodied apparitions, disembodied arms waving to them, and a variety of other activity, would this visit reach those dizzy heights of our previous visits to the Doncaster Air Museum. In a nutshell ‘yes’, our latest visit surpassed all of our expectations on what we were expecting.

In the opening group vigil Martin a first time ghost hunter witnessed to his amazement a figure of a man outside hangar 21 peering through a window and then disappear in front of his bewildered eyes, and Clair, Beth, James all declared that they had heard footsteps from the empty corridor too, this opening gambit of the night definitely got the groups ghost hunting juices flowing, and in earnest we then split up into smaller groups in our quest for spirit communication with bated breath.

In the Main hangar Rosey and a group of brave ghost hunters were conducting a séance when they suddenly heard the sound of stones been thrown in the eerie hangar, and on further investigation of which direction the stones were coming from Stephen, Daz and Karen were even more staggered when a stone literally rolled in front of them which frightened Jacky to the core.

In hangar 19 all groups commented on how active the room was, in one vigil the heavy main door flew open to the astonishment of Olwyn, Susan and Wynn who witnessed it, with a still night and no breeze around this incident showed the strength that the spirit world could display to our ghost hunters. In an ouija board experiment in hangar 19 one group were entertained by the spectral resident of Doncaster Air Museum called Frank, who claimed to have come from Newcastle originally and had served in Doncaster during the second world war. Frank informed the group via the ouija board that he had been a radio operator in the war.

During an attempt at spirit communication using the Franks box, a group of ghost hunters looked in disbelief as they in turn called their names out and asked the spirits to copy, and to their amazement they duly obliged, when Jez called out his name, the group heard ‘Jez’ almost immediately, Daz called his name out the identical response happened again his name was heard from the Franks box. This had the group enthralled so much so that when Stuarts name was called out too it absolutely left the all stunned.

In hangar 21 there was reports of table tipping from some of the vigils and in a ouija board experiment the spirit of a former cleaner called Alice at the Air Museum made her presence known to the group, and informed the group that when she was alive on the earth plane she absolutely loved her job, and at about the same time the group all could smell lavender and a smell similar to cleaning products. When asked if this was Alice making her presence known with the flowery aroma the glass moved to ‘yes’ to the astonishment of those witnessed it.

Another group of ghost hunters were taken a back in hangar 21 when asking out for spirit communication by way of the K2 meter when the green light would spike upto red on request, this event carried on for some time as far as to astound the group altogether.

As our ghost hunting time was coming to an end, our brave ghost hunters concluded that indeed the spectral occupants of the Doncaster Air Museum had yet again provided all of us with so much ghostly activity. The team cannot wait for our return to the Doncaster Air Museum in 2012.

As we said our goodbyes and also said a big thank you to Alan, Billy and the spirit world for their assistance in providing another successful Simply Ghost Night. Finally we cannot thank Mel and Simon enough for their help and support in running the event and also a special mention must be made to Steven and Jo, Simply Ghost Nights newest team members who both showed professionalism and consideration to our ghost hunters during the course of the event and also assisted in the smooth running of the night.




My name is Stuart Dawson, I am a psychic medium. I am also a practicing spiritualist and the owner of an events company called, Simply Ghost Nights. Simply Ghost Nights provides ghost hunting events at some of the reputedly most haunted locations across the U.K. Take part in séances, and use all the latest ghost hunting equipment.

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Xi Museum – Walkthrough – Part 2 of 4

That’s right, Xi is back in most of it’s former glory with the Xi Museum. The Xi Museum has 8 of the old mini games including the Hexopolis, Maximum Tilt and the 4 Mazes and also has 11 collectibles to obtain which I will show you how to get in these 4 part set of videos. Links: Teamwork Maze video guide: www.youtube.com Ghost Maze video guide: www.youtube.com Riddle Maze video guide: www.youtube.com Expert Maze video guide: www.youtube.com