Review : Dove Elixir Hibiscus & Argan oil!

Hey guys!

About 2.5 months ago, I bought Dove’s Nourished Shine Hibiscus & Argan oil. One of the first things that attracted me to it is ofcourse the brand. I love Dove plus I haven’t come across this Dove product in the UAE. There are three variants and I got the third one which is the Hibiscus and Argan oil one, both of which are great for the hair.

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The oil is light and non greasy. It says ‘Precious oils with real ingredients’ on the outer box and the bottle. You can see golden yellow flakes floating inside the bottle and those are Rose flower petals (according to the ingredients list). These have lost it’s color since it’s completely infused in the oil. I love it’s beautiful smell. It’s so divine. Since it’s a very light oil, you can use it to simply run through your hair even just before heading out, just to keep your hair looking well groomed with no flyaways. I mostly use it at night before heading to bed though.

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The oil comes in a solid glass bottle fitted with a nozzle. I love the bottle since it’s so pretty and can be reused once it’s empty. The nozzle is tiny though, almost as if it was designed to pump a serum product, not oil. Anyways, I use about 10 pumps each time I oil. In the above pic you can see some rose petals have lodged itself in the tube that leads to the nozzle. That’s actually a nuisance. That plus the tiny nozzle makes it tough to pump the oil out. Sometimes tiny pieces of petals makes it’s way through the nozzle but large ones get lodged in the tube.

This was actually an impulse buy. Of late, I research a lot before buying a product. But this one was more like a “Saw it, want it” situation. I grabbed it just before heading to the payment area. Once I got home, I did my usual research, went through the ingredients etc and found something pretty disappointing… 78% of this oil consists of mineral oil!. Like what the hell!. Mineral oil is a cheap, base oil that some companies use. There are debates as to whether mineral oil is good or bad. Some say it’s plain bad while some say it’s good to pull moisture in, especially in hot climates. Whatever the case, 78% of this oil is mineral oil, man.. That means only the rest of it are Hibiscus and Argan and other ingredients.

I can’t say I don’t recommend it. You could maybe buy it and give it a try. But, for me, definitely not a repeat buy.

Price : Rs. 185 (AED 10.34) for a bottle containing 90 ml.

I bought this from Navaratna Hypermarket, Moonnupeediga, Kerala.

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Giveaway & Book Blast : The Fox and the Snowman by Angela Muse!

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for a new picture book by author Angela Muse, “The Fox and the Snowman” (November 2 to 4, 2015).

The Fox and the Snowman

About the Book

Title: The Fox and the Snowman | Author: Angela Muse | Illustrator: Helen Wu | Publication Date: October 5, 2015 | Publisher: 4EYESBOOKS | Pages: 28 | Recommended Ages: 0 to 8

Summary: This is a story of a lone fox and his journey through a year of changing seasons. He discovers friendship and family in this colorful winter tale.

Also check out Lil Glimmer, The Nutt Family: An Acorny Adventure, The Pig Princess, The Bee Bully, Eager Eaglets: Birds of Play, Cactus Charlie, Suzy Snowflake, Monsters Have Mommies, The Christmas Owl, The Cat Who Lost His Meow, Caterpillar Shoes & Ten Thankful Turkeys by this author.

Grab a copy of the ebook, available for a limited time at the introductory price of 99 cents! (REG $2.99)

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About the Author: Angela Muse

Angela Muse

Angela Muse was born in California to a military family. This meant that she got used to being the “new kid” in school every couple of years. It was hard trying to make new friends, but Angela discovered she had a knack for writing. In high school Angela began writing poetry and song lyrics. Expressing herself through writing seemed very natural. After becoming a Mom in 2003, Angela continued her storytelling to her own children. In 2009 she wrote and published her first rhyming children’s book aimed at toddlers. Since then she has released several more children’s picture books and released her first young adult romance series, The Alpha Girls.

Angela’s husband, Ben Muse writes suspense/thriller books that can also be found on Amazon.

Check out what else she’s working on by visiting

Website  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads  |  Twitter


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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Angela Muse and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Introducing the new Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer!

New Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Offers Category Changing Innovation with a Continuous 360° Targeted Spray New Lotion That Moisturizes and Absorbs in Seconds, So Women Can Put Their Clothes Right On

Most women have lotions at home, but don’t use them on a daily basis as their biggest barrier is “lack of time.” Women know they should be using body lotion every day, but skip it because it takes too long to apply and absorb, slowing down their morning routine.

Vaseline introduces the Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer, a quick and continuous 360° spray lotion that moisturizes deeply and absorbs in seconds, allowing women to put their clothes right on after moisturizing and get on with their day. It leaves the skin instantly soft, not sticky or greasy!

Unlike traditional bottled lotions, new Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer delivers category changing innovation through the union of three special elements:

1. External Structure: Consists of an expertly-engineered, twist-lock actuator that is easy to press and prevents spills, as well as a contoured aluminum can that fits nicely in the hand

2. Internal Structure: Utilizes bag-on-valve technology for 360° non-aerosol spray delivery, using only compressed air

3. Formulation: Thin enough to spray, while utilizing the right balance of humectants and occlusives to deliver a non-sticky sensory experience, and effective moisturization. The formula contains multi-layer moisture complex and infuses moisture across all layers of skin – at the top, the core and deep down.

These features unite to deliver a targeted spray (approximately the width of a woman’s wrist) that spreads easily and evenly, and absorbs quickly with a few quick rubs.

“We know the number one reason women don’t use lotion more regularly is because of the wait time that comes with normal lotion application,” says Sabeen Fazli, Marketing Director, Personal Care, Unilever Gulf “That’s why we’re excited to be launching new Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer, a breakthrough innovation that offers women a quick and convenient moisturizing solution. Our goal is to make it easy for more women to incorporate lotion into their daily morning routines and keep their skin healthy.”

The Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer line includes three variants, each available in a 190ml can:

1. Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Essential Healing: contains pure oat extract leaving the skin feeling healthy


2. Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Aloe Fresh: contains pure aloe leaving the skin feeling fresh


3. Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Cocoa Radiant: contains pure cocoa butter  for glowing skin


Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer is available at all major supermarkets starting at AED 24.

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Review : September Glambox 2015!

Hiya beauties!

Here are my thoughts on September 2015’s Glambox. There are some lovely products in it :

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1 & 2) L’OReal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner : Though these products have been around for a while, I had never tried it. So I was pretty delighted to find two of these full sized products in this box.

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The shampoo is really lovely. It suits my hair so well. It doesn’t dry it out at all unlike most other shampoos. This shampoo is meant for Normal hair with tendency to dry. It has a really lovely scent since it has 6 precious & rare flower oils incorporated in it. I love the way my hair feels after using this shampoo. This could very well be one of the best shampoos I have used recently. I am glad to have discovered it through Glambox. It’s transparent and has a light consistency. It lathers mildly. One negative though that I need to highlight is that it contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate. What a bummer!. But unlike other shampoos with SLS, it doesn’t dry out my hair at all.

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The conditioner is quite lovely too and has the same scent as the shampoo. It’s consistency is more creamy than most conditioners by other brands. It’s golden colored with a sparkly look. It’s so pretty. I like this product a lot too. It leaves my hair looking healthy and really lovely. The smell lingers on the hair lightly for quite a while.

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3) L’Occitane Dry Skin Hand cream : L’Occitane is a brand I quite love. This hand cream contains 20% Organic Shea Butter. It has a thick consistency and is white in color. It has a light scent and I believe it can easily be used by those who only prefer fragrance free products due to skin sensitivity. It really takes away dryness, revealing soft, nourished skin.

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The sample came in a 10 ml tube. Also included in the box is a little leaflet that lists several of L’Occitane’s popular products and a coupon code for 15% discount while shopping on L’Occitane’s local website!.

4) Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E : This is not a new product for me but still I am glad I got a sample, because it’s one of the most moisturizing cocoa butters out there. It’s thick, smells deliciously of cocoa and is simply indulgent. It’s creamy yellow in color and gives amazing hydration to the skin. Goodbye dry skin!. I even have my own big bottle of this Palmer’s product, which has a pump on it.

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The sample in the box contains 50 ml. I can’t say am a fan of the bottle that it comes in. Once you reach mid way through, it’s hard to get the product out of it. My suggestion is to keep it upside down at all times so that it’s easier to use.

Two perfume samples

I can never get enough of perfume!. It’s one of my most favorite things in the world. There were 2 samples in this September’s box!

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● Mon Parfum by M. Micallef – This parfum has a very strong scent of Tangerine & Orange Blossom that gradually settles into a charming scent of Vanilla & Musk. The first hit is so strong, it almost feels like this is a men’s perfume. However, it isn’t. But I passed this onto my father and he is quite a fan of it. The scent lasts long even when you wear it in hot climate. The sample in this box came in a little spray bottle that contains 1.6ml.

● La Panthere by Cartier – Ahh what can I say about this scent!. It is without any doubt one of the most sensual scents I have ever come across. It is soft and delicate, yet can be quite a statement. Such a classy scent, I can’t get enough of it. I really wish it came in a bottle. However, it came as a scented card which has floral designs on it and an artistic cut out of a panther’s face. This card was inserted in a little envelope that also had a golden panther’s face artistically printed on it. So classy!.

One another thing included in the box, is a pretty transparent pouch with a golden border and zip. It’s courtesy M. Micallef Parfums. It’s so pretty, perfect to carry in your hand bag.

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Usually I note the prices of all products, for their full sized versions. However, this time around the card that displays all these information, was omitted from the box.

Overall, what a lovely Glambox. Of late, Glambox is upping the ante by partnering with awesome brands. I am already looking forward to the upcoming boxes. Why don’t you look at the three subscription options and subscribe to Glambox today itself!. ♡

Stand a chance to win November’s Glambox or a random Glambox as part of my birthday giveaway!. Ends November 12th, 2015. Enter here ♡.

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Note: This Glambox was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Movida Dubai Ball of Horrors!

Movida Dubai will be weaving a tale of fright and fun this Halloween with their Ball of Horrors.


With the dance floor decorated in the ultimate nightmare fantasy; it is the perfect time to indulge in your darker side – who says you can’t be both scary and sultry? The doorkeepers will refuse entry to all those who are NOT wearing a costume for that is the law on St Hallows eve. Get your Vampire two-step and werewolf shuffle on to the evilly hypnotic Jean B and a special guest on the decks. An added bonus is this all falls on ladies night so ladies drink for free.

At the Ball of Horrors there will definitely be safety in numbers!

About Movida Dubai

With an illustrious history that includes a string of awards and a dedicated following across Europe, Movida Dubai is the club that Dubai has been longing for. A clubbing pioneer, Movida Dubai set a new level in club experience when it opened in London in 2005, and was the first to bring a sophisticated blend of St Tropez service and European styling to the marketplace. Movida Dubai is located in one of the city’s best sites, set against the dramatic backdrop of Sheikh Zayed Road. Located on the 1st floor of the Nassima Royal Hotel, the club boasts two bar areas, 28 VIP tables. Most tables look out onto the club floor, playing perfectly into Dubai’s mantra of “See and be Seen”. Open from 11pm -3am Wednesday to Saturday with a dress code of smart casual.

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Review : OPI’s Color of the Month – You Don’t Know Jacques!

If you don’t know how trendy this taupe is, then “You Don’t Know Jacques!”.

Hey what’s up!




This is OPI’s Color of the Month for October. Acessorize your nails with this must-have classic taupe – the perfect touch to any outfit!. This is a really gorgeous flesh color that would look flattering on any skin tone. The above three photos are clicked in different lighting. Also, if you don’t know already, OPI is a 3-free brand, meaning they don’t contain the three toxic chemicals DBP (dibutyl phthalate), toluene and formaldehyde.


Price : AED49 for a bottle containing 15 ml.

Point of Sale : Wojooh,, Lifestyle, Sephora

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iHerb Haul #7 – Skincare products!


Here is another haul from my absolutely favorite shopping site, iHerb. Unlike my previous iHerb hauls, this one won’t have mini reviews, since I placed this order for my brother and sister in law. However, since I suggested these products for them, I will be writing more about why I decided to choose these products.

iherb haul 1

Click the above picture to add all four products to your shopping cart in one click.

1) Certified Organic Shea Butter by Now Foods – Shea Butter has a rich, luxurious texture that penetrates deep to condition and moisturize every type of skin. It is a wonderful emollient that’s perfect for daily use. It can also be used as a scalp moisturizer. My SIL told me it has a hard texture. However, it melts when rubbed between the palms. This is a lovely product that gives intense nourishment and hydration to even the driest of skin types.

Price : $9.93 (AED 36.47) for a tub containing 207 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 24% lesser than the market value!.

2) Certified Organic Jojoba oil by Now Foods – This is my SIL’s favorite oil. She once bought this from iHerb itself and this is her second bottle. This is great for usage on both skin & hair.

Price : $9.93 (AED 36.47) for a bottle containing 118 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 34% lesser than the market value!.

3) Apricot oil by Now Foods – Apricot oil is the oil derived from apricot kernels, that will naturally nourish and moisturize your skin. Rich in essential fatty acids, this gentle oil has excellent restorative properties. I suggested this to my SIL because just like Jojoba oil, this is a multi purpose oil. It can be used to soften fine lines & restore a healthy glow to the skin while also bringing radiance to the hair. I have actually placed an order for this very same bottle for myself, but that will be shown in another haul post :).

Price : $3.18 (AED 11.68) for a bottle containing 118 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 36% lesser than the market value!.

4) Lift & Firm Cream with Hyaluronic DMAE by Andalou Naturals – Recently my brother suffered from a really bad sun burn. He asked me to look for a cream that is hydrating but at the same time non – greasy. I searched high and low and finally found this cream which fit the bill perfectly!. It has Hyaluronic acid in it that gives intense hydration. This product contains age defying, fruit stem cells. Also, Andalou Naturals is a crueltyfree / vegan brand. After using it, my brother said that he hasn’t used anything like it before and that it really is an awesome product. Since I have normal / dry skin, I’ve added this cream to my wishlist for a future purchase.

Price : $19.96 (AED 73.30) for a tub containing 50 ml. iHerb’s price for this product is 20% lesser than the market value!.

iherb haul 2

Discounts Received & Shipping

I placed this order on Oct 6th. At that time, iHerb had the offers of $8 shipping fee via DHL and 5% discount for every order above $40. So, I was able to avail both offers. The 5% discount came to $2.15 (AED 7.90). Shipping fee was $8 (AED 29.38), which is great value. Within 4 hours of placing the order, I received an email saying it’s shipped!. In 4 days, it reached my brother’s office in Abu Dhabi from US. Also, along with the order, iHerb sometimes keeps freebies and this time it’s a cute green and white cloth pin.

FYI : From now until Oct 31st 2015, iHerb is offering a flat shipping fee of $8 via DHL, $6 via Premium Airmail & $4 via Regular Post, irrespective of the bill total amount!. Usually you get the best shipping price only when the bill total is $40 or above. It’s a great offer and you should definitely take advantage of it.

Also, if you are in UAE and wondering if you can order from iHerb, the solution is to ask someone else in another country to place the order for you but give the delivery address in UAE. That way you will still get your favorite products to your doorsteps.. I placed this order from India and got it delivered in Abu Dhabi.

Use the code SCZ695 at checkout to receive upto $10 off your first transaction with them!

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Book Review : Gorgon by Geoffrey Saign!


Today I am reviewing a Middle Grade / Tween adventure book titled Gorgon by Geoffrey Saign. This is the second book in WhipEye Chronicles. More about the author:


Geoffrey Saign can often be found looking for interesting critters, and magic, while swimming, snorkeling, sailing, or hiking in the woods. His passion for nature and wildlife led to his nationally endorsed book, Green Essentials: What You Need to Know About the Environment, as well as his books African Cats and Great Apes. He has a background in biology, assisted in field research with hummingbirds and humpback whales, and sailed as far away as Australia. With more than twenty years of experience working in special education, he has taught adults and children everything from sailing to novel writing. He won the Shabo Award in 2010. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Book Summary


Samantha and Jake have two days to save their poisoned parents, and only Gorgon—the cruel and scheming leader of Amazon Lessers—can help them. But Gorgon is planning to destroy KiraKu, and he pits Sam against Jake. Worse, Sam feels controlled by the supernatural staff, WhipEye, and Jake gains a dangerous weapon. Can their friendship survive its greatest test? Can Sam and Jake stop a war and save their parents? Mysterious creatures, dragons, and Gorgon force them into a life or death adventure that some will not survive… 

…a story about love, nature, wildlife, intuition, and trusting yourself…

My Review

The book cover is nice. It shows the villain, Gorgon and some of the dangerous dragons he has as his followers. Gorgon’s figure is quite awe inspiring especially since he has writhing tentacles on his head!.

The story begins where it left off in the first book but it’s 14 months later. It’s quite evident that Samantha and Jake, the main protagonists of this story, aren’t getting along well. The story takes a complete twist right away when a Komodo dragon, gives them a visit demanding the WhipEye from Sam, who is the guardian of it. WhipEye is the magical staff that’s very powerful and helps Sam and Jake do things such as transport themselves to other places, call for help from the Great ones of the magical world, Kiraku and much more. However, Sam doesn’t give away the staff, showing how much of a stronghold the staff has over her. This results in the Komodo poisoning Sam’s father and Jake’s mother. If they don’t get a cure for this poison in 2 days, they will die!. The ensuing plot is everything that happens in these 2 days.

This time around, there are many more characters, introduced by the author. They are quite interesting, some of them mutants and some exaggerated in size when compared to how they should be in real life. Personally Gorgon is an awesome villain. He is that guy who smiles while talking but stabs from the back when he gets a chance, which makes him all the more dangerous. He takes advantage of the rift between Sam and Jake and pits them against each other in a battle.

It’s a race against time. More about Lessers (who have left Kiraku long time ago), Great Ones and Originals are revealed this time around. Their history and the anger they have in them is all expressed well. Some characters have double characters whereby they seem friendly but have hidden agendas. All in all, it’s interesting to know the powers of each character. They can transform into humans and do much more at their own will. One of the best parts I like is the training of Sam & Jake by two dragons who can convert themselves into ninja warriors. The learning is set at the right pace and is very exciting to read. Charlie, the thousand year old parrot, introduced in the first book is still the wise cracking parrot he was before. Some of his talks are inappropriate for the situation, while at other times they are pretty funny :)

I like the author, Geoffrey Saign’s, imagination in creating such characters and furthering the plot after the first book. This book definitely will capture the interest of the audience that it’s meant for, that is anyone above age 10. One thing I have to say is that this is not a stand alone book. You definitely need to read book one, WhipEye, to understand everything in this book. The ending of this book leaves you wanting to know more. The next book, Drasine, is coming up in 2016!.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars which by Goodreads standards mean I ‘really liked it’!

Links to the book

Goodreads ~ Amazon

Source: I was provided a complimentary ebook copy for review purpose. All opinions are 100% my own.

Please note that WhipEye has won three prestigious awards. They are WINNER of International Book Awards (2015), WINNER of Outstanding Children’s Fiction (2015 & Top Choice (2014). I am super glad to let you know that as part of my birthday giveaways, I am giving away an ebook copy of WhipEye. If interested, enter here!.

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Unique Orientalist Glass Exhibition Comes to Sharjah!

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization showcases rare collection of historic Austrian glass influenced by Islamic art traditions

Sharjah residents and visitors will have the chance to see an outstanding collection of 19th century Orientalist glass inspired by Islamic art traditions at a new exhibition coming to the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization.

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The exhibition, entitled Orientalist Glass Art – Masterpieces from the Museum of J&L Lobmeyr, Vienna will feature almost 90 items of glass art created over the last 200 years by the family firm of J&L Lobmeyr, one of Austria’s most historic and famous crystal glass manufacturers, established in Vienna in 1823.

Running from 21st Oct, 2015 until 16th Jan, 2016, it will be the first ever exhibition of 19th century Orientalist glass to come to the region.

Most of the designs on the glassworks are inspired by the Islamic art traditions of Mamluk Egypt and Syria, Nasirid Spain, Ottoman Turkey and Mughal India. One of the most spectacular highlights in the exhibition is a chandelier in the Arab-Islamic style made for the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah al Munawwara.

The artefacts, together with their original work drawings,  all come from the Lobmeyr family’s private museum and most have not been displayed publicly since the 19th century.

Manal Ataya, Director General of SMD, said: “The exhibition offers a rare glimpse into a fascinating dimension of 19th-century European Orientalism and glass design, reflecting both the artists’ dedicated creative engagement with the Arab-Islamic world and their deep respect for its technical and aesthetic accomplishments.

“Our partnership with J.&L. Lobmeyr, Vienna, demonstrates SMD’s ongoingcommitment to international collaborations that enable us to bring inspiring and thoughtprovoking  art from around the world to Sharjah, for the educational benefit and enjoyment of UAE residents and visitors alike.”

Since its foundation, the family-run company of J&L Lobmeyr has substantially influenced the development of glass art and lighting design in Europe and around the world.

About the Sharjah Museums Department

The Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, as an independent government department. SMD includes 16 museums covering Islamic art and culture, archaeology, heritage, science, marine life and the history of Sharjah and the region.


To be a cultural beacon that enhances Sharjah’ s identity locally and internationally and contribute in nurturing a community aware of museums’ importance as a cultural, educational and enjoyable destination. 


Deliver the highest museum standards to preserve collections & enhance an appreciation of culture and learning through our exhibitions, educational and community programs.

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