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Update August 19th 2015
Tickets for this event are now sold out
How could you resist an invitation like this?
Updated 20/8 - Please note this event is sold out
While modern museums are, quite rightly, places of high tech wizardry, interpretive trails and interactive displays, there's a little part of me that stills yearns for the museums of my childhood. I remember them as Aladdin's caves of wonders, full of carefully labelled specimens behind glass, and realistic stuffed and mounted animals that could be quite scary, in a pleasant kind of way.
Well, if you remember museums like this or are just fascinated with the intricate art of taxidermy, then Melbourne Museum has an event for you. You are officially invited to Get Stuffed at their next Smart Bar event on Thursday 20 August. How could you resist an invitation like that?
Taxidermy (from the Greek taxis 'arrangement' derma 'skin') has been around since ancient times. Embalmed animals have been found in Egyptian tombs along with their equally embalmed owners. Mounted animals were also all the rage as interior design statements in the very best homes of Victorian times. You've probably seem some as props in productions of Oscar Wilde's plays.
At Get Stuffed you will actually be able to watch the experts prepare specimens for mounting, so the squeamish amongst you should probably give it a miss. But if you're made of the right stuff you can enjoy talks, digital media and of course, some drinks, and maybe develop an appreciation for this extremely intricate art form. You can be the first to see some previews of a documentary that's recently been made by an intern, detailing the world of taxidermy at Melbourne Museum. And you can even engage in philosophical discussions about collecting and mounting, and the role of museums in this modern age.
Early bird prices of $16 for adults and $14 for concessions finish on 13 August. After that prices will be $18 for adults and $16 for concessions. The evening runs from 6pm to 9.30pm.
There's something about hanging around in a museum after dark, enjoying the exhibitions, listening to 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 you should definitely take advantage of this while you still can. Melbourne Museum's Smart Bar, one of its Adults Only experiences, is unfortunately going the way of the dodo and this is its penultimate performance. It will officially become extinct at Smart Bar: Extinction on Wednesday 7 October. Details about the final Smart bar will be available closer to the date.