Celebrate International Museum Day with FREE events at Queensland Museum

16 May 2018

Queensland Museum will be celebrating International Museum Day on Friday 18 May and visitors get to join in the fun with FREE entry to the brain-bending travelling exhibition Perception Deception at South Bank.

Based at the Museum until July 2018, Perception Deception is a collection of 28 hands-on exhibits and 60 interactive multimedia experiences to challenge the sensory signals that create our perceptions of the things and people around us.

Queensland Museum Network Acting CEO and Director Dr Jim Thompson said International Museum Day is an annual celebration to highlight the important role museums play in communities and is driven by the International Council of Museums.

“Across the globe, museums are bringing history and science to life, enabling millions of people to engage with our scientific and natural heritage, and to view precious objects usually only seen in history books or online,” Dr Thompson said.

“We are proud of the world-class exhibitions and programs we offer visitors across the network, and we remain committed to ensure our institutions continue to service our communities, offering unique and dynamic experiences and places to enjoy, learn and explore.”

In addition to Perception Deception, visitors can stop by the Lost Creatures gallery, which introduces some of Queensland’s long-lost inhabitants, including dinosaurs, giant marine reptiles and megafauna; and also learn more about Queensland’s unique wildlife in the permanent Wild State exhibition.

The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich, which is part of the Queensland Museum Network, will also offer FREE entry on International Museum Day, where you can explore more than 15 larger than life exhibitions, including the Tiny Worlds Photographic Display that uses a collection of microscopic images and biomedical illustrations to see the most hidden parts of the body under the microscope.

Then as the sun sets, enjoy a night under the stars and explore the natural luminosity of Ipswich’s beautiful night sky with World Science Festival Brisbane’s FREE stargazing event. This event was initially scheduled to take place during the March festival, but was postponed due to weather conditions at the time. Telescopes will be provided so you can look up to the stars from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Cobb + Co Museum in Toowoomba and Museum of Tropical Queensland (MTQ) in Townsville will also open their doors with FREE ENTRY.

Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said International Museum Day was the perfect time for people to visit their local museum to explore the fascinating exhibitions and displays, and take advantage of free activities.

“Museums hold important stories that connect communities, commemorate our history, capture memories and help us shape our identity,” Ms Enoch said.

“They are also places where families, friends and the community more broadly can see the legacies of the past brought to life.”

International Museum Day is now in its 40th year and this year’s theme is “Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics”, to raise awareness that museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, and cooperation and peace among peoples.

For more information on all events visit www.qm.qld.gov.au

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