First opened in September 2011 for The Wiggles’ 20th anniversary, The Wiggles Exhibition has been a museum favourite for almost 10 years, especially among its younger visitors. The exhibition tells the story of the world’s most popular children’s entertainment group and ― in the same way that The Wiggles construct their performances and songs ― was developed with early-childhood learning outcomes in mind. Now, after 30 years of The Wiggles, the exhibition is not only popular with prior-to-school age children and their carers, but with visitors wishing to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
More than 100 Museum collection objects in displays revolving around The Wiggles and their world can now be viewed in the exhibition. For Anthony’s love of fruit salad, there is a display of model apples created between 1880 and 1905. Meanwhile, Lachy’s tin-can telephone sits alongside phones covering a span of 100 years in telecommunications technology. As Emma sings ‘I’ve got my glasses on!’ visitors can inspect spectacles of all different shapes, colours and sizes, then head across to meet Wags the Dog’s new canine pals ― that is, ornamental and toy dogs that usually reside in the Museum’s collection store. On the other side of the exhibition is a showcase of little red cars chugging along wiggly roads, while on the SS Feathersword visitors can discover nautical navigational instruments, a whimsical mermaid scene, a pirate map, ships in full sail and much more.
Alysha Buss, Assistant Curator, 2021