What's more fun than visiting the museum during the day time? Visiting the museum at night, obviously! Knowing this fact all too well, the Queensland Museum are opening their doors on select evenings to coincide with their latest blockbuster exhibition, Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul.
This exhibition is a stunning and moving display that allows you to get up close and personal with some of the most exceptional archaeological finds from Central Asia, dating to centuries past. Looking at the dates on these pieces is mind-blowing in itself, not to mention the chance to stand in the same room as all of the exquisite jewellery, artwork, and relics of past lives. It is a magical glimpse in to the ancient Silk Road. But it also tells the emotional story of the curators and historians at the National Museum of Kabul, who risked their lives to save these treasures when the Taliban began destroying such priceless objects.
After Dark allows you entry to the exhibition (do take advantage of the film at the start of the display; it provides an excellent overview of the history and back-story of the exhibition) and a whole raft of other curated experiences. You'll hear live music, see Afghan cooking demonstrations, relax in the 'Silk Road Lounge', and grab a drink or two from the 'Collector's Bar'. And did I mention there's late night access to the Museum store? Hello, last minute Christmas shopping!
And if all of this wasn't enough to justify the $26.50 ticket price, the entire Museum is also open for viewing during the After Dark event.
There are two more After Dark nights coming up in 2013. The next is just around the corner, on November 15, with the final one happening December 13. For details, and to book your tickets, head here.
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