Do you remember that old pot Bernard spotted on Winston’s stall at the fete, that he thought might be quite old? Well, he’s made an appointment with the curator at the Museum to check. They’ve come early to look round. Vincent’s tagged along too.
Winston’s wrapped the pot up to protect it. Bit of a struggle getting his trolley in up the steps though!
Wow. The first thing you see in the entrance is the huge Vaarkosaurus Rex. Imagine a time when these creatures roamed the earth. Millions of years ago. They went extinct when a meteorite wiped out all the primeval biscuits.
And to think, the Vaarkosaurs laid eggs! How colourful their nests must have been!
These fossils are even older – before the vaarkosaurs even! Vincent reckons they look like the sort of thing Matilda would sell on her crystal stall. Winston thinks they look like raisins.
What’s this? Ah the Natural History section. All sorts of taxidermy. Vincent says the armadillo looks like Bernard’s stripes. And the elephant reminds them of Ernest. Even the seal is a little bit vaarkish, with it’s dumpy body.
But really, human beings are the oddest looking creatures!
Ah now, we’re onto the Vaarks Through the Ages Gallery. Here’s a prehistoric cave vaark. Dressed in fur and wool and feathers. Vincent thinks it’s amazing how they managed to do so much with just axes like that.
Oh! The Egyptian era now. The magnificent Tut-anh-vaark-mun sarcophagus. Awesome. And so much gold!
Bernard explained that the mummies kept their organs in jars like this. Vincent said he’d seen Dim playing the organ and it would never fit in there.
Winston was surprised by the Sphinx. He’d always thought it would be bigger.
What next? Ah, yes, the Romans. A fine recreation of a Centurion. Vincent likes the shield, even if he could barely see over it.
Winston wondered if they’d run out of them little stones for the mosaic? But Bernard explained that it’s very old, and it’s got damaged over the years, probably by drains and such like.
Here is a depiction of Christopher Columvaark. He discovered America, and therefore cookies, by accident. He was trying to find a new route to China by going the wrong way. What luck!
Next, a Victorian crinoline. The chaps looked at it, and agreed it was a frock, and moved on.
Ooh, more up to date vaark fashion and culture now. Vincent said it reminded him of Fury, Winston asked Bernard if he’d ever been a punk…
“God lord no, what makes you think that!”
The last ‘costume’ exhibit is the famous space suit, in which Ratvaark did his space walk. Winston pondered what happened if you flicked the switch. Bernard moved him on swiftly.
What’s next? The Ceramics gallery. Vincent likes this big jug. Careful not to jog the stand Vincent!
Phew! Well caught. Move on quickly!
This exhibit reminds Winston of his suitcase stock. Bernard remarked that it’s because they are all telling different times…. Talking of time, it’s time to go to the appointment with the curator…
Winston and Vincent reckon the chairs in the waiting area are quite grand – but Bernard tells them to get off the Charles Rennie Vaarkintosh exhibit!
Ah, and here’s the Curator. He says his name is Henry, and they should bring the urn into his office.
Henry looks over the urn very carefully, and finally tells Winston that it is indeed a very rare Grecian Urn, and extremely valuable. Maybe thousands of pounds!
Good grief Winston’s fainted! He’s never had anything really valuable in stock before!
Henry fetches him a reviving cup of tea, and says he can recommend a fine art auction house to handle the sale. What a turn up!
Vincent has been trying to practise tricks on his skateboard. He tried practising on the raised beds, but Bernard told him off when he knocked a flowerpot over. And, Bernard said, it was scaring the chicken.