The Australian Museum: After Dark

August 13, 2012 by

Festivals & Events, Suggested Itineraries, Things To Do

Sydney's Australia Museum

Sydney’s Australia Museum. Photo courtesy of teamaskins via Flickr.

Forget the straight-laced, classroom personality of the typical natural history and culture museum. The land of fossils, dinosaurs, nature photos and Australian history is normally a daytime world for school trips and curious tourists; but it is taking a turn into the dark at the Australian Museum in Sydney.

In a very successful attempt at grabbing back the dwindling 20s and 30s market, Sydney’s Australian Museum – the oldest in Australia – instituted an evening event in 2011 known as Jurassic Lounge. This summertime hit happens every Tuesday evening during the season and literally puts a spin on what should be considered an educational experience.

With live comedy acts, art installations, an animatronic walking dinosaur (Winny Saur is her name), and live rock music or DJ’s, one could easily spend ‘after work drinks’ time at the Australian Museum instead of the local pub. Did I mention that you get a free drink with your entry ticket (currently just $15) and have the option to refill, at a moderate price, at any one of three bars located within?

Talk on the Facebook page also hints to an upcoming winter session as well.

In addition to Jurassic Lounge, the occasional night talk or evening get-together makes it possible to experience the Australian Museum after dark. One such lecture, starting after standard closing hours of 5 pm, might even include cheese and wine tasting to make it that much more enticing to the Sydney public.

Children, although excluded from Jurassic Lounge, have their own special programs that let them into the after-hours world of the museum. The Not So Scary Halloween Sleepover, for example, is a family program that invites children to sleep in the country’s oldest museum and partake in crafts, movies and other holiday themed fun.

The best way to stay on top of the latest after dark events at the Australian Museum is to check the What’s On page on the official website.

- Brooke Schoenman

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