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Jurassic Lounge at the Australian Museum 31 Jan 12

altJurassic Lounge is like walking onto the set of the next Night at the Museum movie, so much energy and fun, I was half expecting to see Ben Stiller at any moment. I went along with a group of friends to this little gem of an after work outing on the opening night of its third season. 

Every Tuesday night, after the Museum closes to the general public, Sydney’s best emerging artists, musicians and performers take over the galleries and exhibition spaces. With a drink in hand you’re free to explore the whole museum; it sure was a bigger experience than I had imagined. 

The theme for the evening was Chinese New Year and as we strolled into the Skeleton Hall we found uber-talented artist Brett Chan live painting a papier mâché dragon to the sound of some lovely laid back tunes. In the Indigenous Australians space we found a Chinese lantern making workshop, DJ Daniel R Muller and a Jurassic photobooth, all the while taking in the interesting and emotional permanent Indigenous collection. 

Up on the top floor we found a very handy bar to take a pit stop before exploring the fantastic Surviving Australia exhibits of creepy clawers and extinct Aussie animals. Amongst the penguins we danced in the silent disco but ducked the karaoke room.  

We took in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition which was awesome, listened to a live band for a while, checked out the stunning bird specimen gallery; even watched a live taxidermy demonstration – yes of course that sent us back to the bar. Back down in the main foyer people mingled, enjoyed drinks and were generally entertained by a very groovy singer and some standup guy. 

Only element that stops this experience be five stars were the disappointing choices served up in the Museum Café. Such a pity that who ever runs the café never got the memo – just not on the same page as the whole group of young people putting everything in to making this a truly fun Tuesday night in Sydney summer. 

Grab a group of friends and take this experience any Tuesday until April 3 between 5-30 and 9-30 pm, cost $15 which includes your first drink. Different theme and artist each week – go to www.jurassiclounge.com for all the goss.

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