Museums are typically synonymous with school groups and kid-friendly, interactive features -- but Sydney’s Australian Museum is taking a different approach.
Through 3 April, the museum is joining forces with The Festivalists, a non-profit arts
event company, for an adults-only event called Jurassic Lounge.
Currently in its third season, over-18s can
access the museum after hours on Tuesday nights (from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm) for live
music, comedy performances, talks, art and drinks, all set against a
spectacular backdrop of dinosaur skeletons, precious gemstones and native animals. A winter season will run later in the year.
Acts change weekly, but standard installations
include karaoke, dance tournaments, a silent disco (a room where participants
wear headphones to connect through music), and a walking Muttaburrasaurus named
Winnysaur, the interactive dinosaur who steals hearts in the atrium. There are burlesque
and comedy shows scheduled, as well as photography exhibitions, like Wildlife
Photographer of the Year 2011 which is currently on display.
Each level of the museum contains a bar with
moderately priced drinks and cocktails, including Little Creatures beer and cider
and Innocent Bystander wines.
Light meals and refreshments are available from the museum’s cafe on the ground
Entrance costs 15 Australian dollars and includes
one free drink. While not necessary, booking in advance is recommended in order
to avoid the queues.
Brooke Schoenman is
the Sydney Localite for BBC Travel