A real Curio
Anyone curious about Australian history, and New South Wales in particular, will find a fascinating and extensive resource in the State Library of NSW, located in the heart of Sydney. Over 180 years old, its various and ever-evolving collections are dedicated to helping visitors explore the region’s past.
Permanent exhibits include exhibitions of maps and literary manuscripts and the newest attraction has an interesting way of helping people learn as they explore. The AMAZE Gallery, alongside the existing Greatest Wonder of the World and Discovery Tour wing, now features a smartphone app called Curio with an Indoor Positioning System (IPS) which tracks you as you wander.
Among the attractions on display at AMAZE are an original ‘Wanted’ poster for Australian outlaw Ned Kelly and hand-drawn maps of New Zealand made by Captain Cook.
Install Curio and the app will monitor exactly where you are and introduce you to interesting facts, figures and images about what is nearby, both on the screen and through your headphones. Furthermore, it will remember what you’ve seen and let you review your tour any time you like at a later date.
Even better, you get to have a look at what you missed so you can go back another time and catch any highlights that you may have missed. Don’t worry if you don’t own a smartphone- the museum has tablet computers available to borrow for your tour. The app has become a popular way of getting the most out of one of Australia’s cultural highlights.
To download the app:
iPhone users: iTunes
Android users: Google Store
To explore the gallery before you arrive, visit Curio’s website here.