The infamous Jurassic Lounge has announced its impending extinction, so we thought it timely to take a final look at the Australian Museum’s acclaimed after hours event. Held Tuesday evenings from dusk, the event transforms the museum into a palace of stimulation where engaging activities entertain and educate.
Weekly themes change and Dinosaur Night presented us with prehistoric themed activities, vibrant music, colourful lighting to complement the museum displays. Visitors roam from room-to-room and explore the collection and partake of the special event activities–lit up dinosaur bones, giant Jenga, a silent disco dance area, food and live music.
We spent our night cutting, stitching and stuffing our own toy bones, playing a game of giant chess and cleaning fossils while chatting with the resident palaeontologist.
Visitors experiencing sensory overload have the option to duck-off into the quieter parts of the museum dotted with pop-up bars providing an opportunity to chat with the museum staff or browse the displays. Activity-wise, we spent our night cutting, stitching and stuffing our own toy bones, playing a game of giant chess and cleaning fossils while chatting with the resident palaeontologist.
Jurassic Lounge began three years ago with the aim to increase museum visitor numbers in the 18 -30 age group. At even a quick glance the event truly attracts this age bracket and has successfully been transforming the Museum into a playground for the young and inquisitive since its launch. The question is what’s next for the Australian Museum in the wake of the Jurassic Lounge?
Tonight, Tuesday November 5h marks the final season of Jurassic Lounge. $16 at the door or online. Check it out before extinction!
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