Celebrate the winter solstice in style at Scienceworks after dark

Party through the longest night of the year with 18+ Planetarium and museum entry, live music and roving artists and performers.

Pictured: DJs perform overlooking Sportsworks and the Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks.Image by J Forsyth for Museums Victoria.

Scienceworks, Australia’s science museum, invites you to celebrate the winter solstice and party through the longest night of the year at this exclusive 18+ only event: Scienceworks After Dark.

Building on the success of the sellout Planetarium Nights, Scienceworks After Dark is Scienceworks’ answer to Melbourne Museum’s hit Nocturnal and a rare experience inside the beloved Spotswood institution.

For one night only, 6.00pm-10.00pm, Friday 21 June, all ground floor exhibitions will be opened for adults-only access. Embrace your inner child among the fuzz and fixtures of the tactile, sensorily soothing playspace of Ground Up before diving into Air Playground, the smash-hit temporary exhibition featuring the beloved bouncy castle, competitive paper plane hangar and more. Ride the nostalgia wave and test your mettle against Australia’s most legendary athletes in Sportsworks - including the iconic virtual race against Cathy Freeman - before giving the grey matter an equal workout in the timeless technology exhibition Think Ahead.

Roving live music and performers - including DJ Kelsie Cosmic - accompany solstice-themed craft pop-ups and photo booth so you and your companions can memorialise the winter solstice forever. Grab a bite and a drink (or two) from the bar – including mulled wine and hot chocolate – and enjoy!

Scienceworks After Dark includes a seat in the Planetarium to soak up one of three spectacular full-dome film experiences:

6.30pm - What’s in the Sky Tonight: Solstice Edition (40 mins)
Discover the astronomy behind the winter solstice in this specially curated, live Planetarium show. Led by Scienceworks’ expert presenters, learn above the sky above as it really appears that night, before exploring our galaxy and beyond in mind-bending detail.

7.30pm - The Dark Matter Mystery (38 mins)
Join some of Astronomy’s brightest minds on the hunt for the theoretical glue binding the universe together – dark matter – in this enthralling, hypnotic documentary. Perfect for fans of Interstellar and the mysterious side of space and physics.

9.00pm - Space Tour (50 mins)
Tour the universe in a Planetarium cruise through some of space’s most captivating visual marvels in this spellbinding visual documentary. Glorious auroras and nebulae, eerie black holes, spellbinding supernovas and more abound.

Separate tickets are available for those who want to skip the Planetarium and dive right into the museum itself.

Plus, catch dinner and a show: once you’re all partied out, present your ticket to Scienceworks After Dark at foodie wonderland Grazeland – right next door to Scienceworks at 20 Booker Street, Spotswood – for free entry on the night.

For further information visit the Scienceworks website: https://museumsvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/whats-on/scienceworks-after-dark/

Scienceworks After Dark
Open: 6.00pm – 10.00pm, Friday 21 June 2024
Tickets include one of three Planetarium experiences at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 9.00pm.
Location: Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood
Tickets: on sale at Scienceworks and online here.
Price (including Planetarium): Museum Members $28 / Concession $32 / Adults $35.
Entry without Planetarium experience: $25.

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