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After Dark at Queensland Museum 2017

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
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The museum like you've never seen it before - adults only
Question: When is a museum not a museum (well, at least not the kind of museum you're probably used to)?

Answer: When it's a sophisticated after-hours space for over 18s with food, drink and live entertainment on top of a host of permanent and temporary displays and world-class touring exhibitions.


The fabulous Queensland Museum's Brisbane home at the Queensland Cultural Centre at South Bank isn't just for kids. They host regular After Dark events especially for adults, and what a great idea that is. I have loved every minute of taking my own children, and now grandchildren, to the museum, but that experience comes complete with a myriad of unanswerable questions, being dragged on to the next display before you've had a chance to fully appreciate the one before, and toilet stops at inopportune moments.

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Queensland Museum. Image taken by writer.

There's something about hanging around in a museum after dark without children in tow, absorbing the history, enjoying the exhibitions in your own good time, listening to live music and fascinating talks from people who are usually in the background, and having a few drinks for good measure, that seems like an illicit pleasure; and a great pleasure it is, I can say after attending previous After Dark events.

At After Dark at Queensland Museum you'll have access to the entire museum from 5.30pm to 9pm on selected Friday evenings, with particular emphasis on the current major touring exhibition. The hugely successful Hadron Collider exhibition finishes on 25 April but it will be followed by Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum from 23 June 2017 to 28 January 2018. This is a fascinating international touring exhibition and Brisbane is the only Australian city where you can see it. Read more about it here.

The exhibition combines traditional displays with models, as well as multimedia and interactive technology, to create a truly immersive experience where you can get to know the real-life world of gladiators. And you can enjoy expert talks, food, drinks and live music while you peruse its many wonders, all without the kids heaven. Get a group together for a fun, adult night out.

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Image from Expona (co-creators of the touring exhibition) website

After Dark details for the rest of 2017

When: Friday evenings (from 5.30pm to 9pm) on 23 June, 28 July, 1 September, 13 October, 3 November and 1 December.

Where: Queensland Museum, Corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank

Cost: $24 (Adults only - over 18). Food and drink cost extra.

Bookings: Book online here by clicking on the date you would like to attend.

*These are always popular events and sell out quickly. The first Gladiators After Dark event is also the opening day of the exhibition, so get in quickly for this one.*
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Why? Enjoy the museum, with a drink and without the kids
When: Selected Friday nights - see article for dates.
Where: Queensland Museum, Corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank
Cost: $24 - adults only
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Can't wait to go along to this!
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