Sydney, 7 January 2023: Get ready to roar with delight as Jurassic Lounge: Pride Edition takes over the Australian Museum this February! Presented in partnership with Pride Amplified as part of Sydney WorldPride, the prehistoric party promises a night filled with comedy, community and science that will celebrate the queer heroes of STEAM.

Jurassic Lounge Pride 2023 - hero banner.

Jurassic Lounge, Sydney's iconic adults-only museum party returns in 2023 with a WorldPride special edition.

Image: Australian Museum
© Australian Museum

Whether a Jurassic Lounge loyalist or first-timer, this night is for everyone as an epic line-up of DJs, comedians, and scientists from all the colours of the rainbow descend on the AM. Take a walk on the Wild (Planet) side and be entertained by the queens of Sydney Drag Royalty as they strut their stuff among the lions and tigers and bears (oh my!). Marvel at gemstones with more sparkle than a drag queen’s closet in Minerals, or dive deep into the blockbuster exhibition Sharks. Plus, you can meet the online sensation, Progress Shark, in person!

Get your party started with a cheeky drink, then join in the fun with the stand-up comedians, party games, drop-in drawings and much more! Our host and DJ Aunty Jonny will keep you moving with an upbeat playlist of bangers that have underscored the LGBTQIA+ scene for decades. Get dressed to impress, as awards will be given for the best-dressed and the largest choreographed dance in the museum's history.

For those interested in science, Queered Science hosted by Associate Professor Alice Motion will celebrate the LGBTQIA+ champions of the science world. The STEAM Room will have scientists from Scary Strangers presenting their research in a comedic and informative light, exploring the science behind spider orgies and hydroponic lettuce start-ups. The good folk from Scary Strangers will also present (LGB)T.rex Autopsy, a comic yet informative take on the world's most famous predator.

Don't miss the chance to join paleo artist Celia Curtis for drop-in drawing classes on the rainbow lorikeet and the Silent Disco with the female & non-binary vinyl DJ collective, Queen Bee DJs featuring Dessert. The popular party favourite “Sticky Bits” will be hosted by Queers in Science with a scientific twist.

Gather your mates, allies and LGBTQIA+ family and get ready for a night of frivolity and fun as the Australian Museum puts the YAS in JurYASsic. Tickets are on sale now.

Event Details

What: Jurassic Lounge: Pride Edition. Age: 18+

When: Saturday 18 February 2023. 6:30pm – 10pm

Where: Australian Museum, 1 William St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Cost: $36 Members, $45 non-members (tickets price includes entry to Sharks exhibition)

Australian Museum WorldPride celebrations also include:

First Nations Pride: Intersectional Visibility

When: Friday 3 March 2023

About: Performances and conversations by special guests acknowledge the many achievements and contributions to equality and visibility by First Nations gay, lesbian, bisexual, Sistergirls, Brotherboys, queer and non-binary individuals.

Cost: $20 Members, $25 non-Members, $22.5 concession

First Nations Pride: Intersectional Visibility.
First Nations Pride: Intersectional Visibility. Image: Dylan Mooney
© Dylan Mooney

Family Day: Pride Edition

When: Saturday 4 March 2023

About: Join us for a free, Museum-wide day of live performances, drop-in science workshops, storytelling, dancing, dress-ups, and cultural activations to celebrate the diversity of families.

Cost: Free

Family Day: Pride Edition
Family Day: Pride Edition. Image: Australian Museum
© Australian Museum

Into the Light: Pride Museum Trail

When: Throughout WorldPride

About: To complement the Australian Museum’s program of WorldPride events, the AM Pride Into the Light digital trail will allow visitors to explore diversity and inclusion in nature and culture through a self-guided trail of the Australian Museum’s collection.

Cost: Free

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About the Australian Museum

The Australian Museum (AM) was founded in 1827 and is the nation’s first museum. It is internationally recognised as a natural science and culture institution focused on Australia and the Pacific. The AM’s mission is to ignite wonder, inspire debate and drive change. The AM’s vision is to be a leading voice for the richness of life, the Earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific. The AM commits to transforming the conversation around climate change, the environment and wildlife conservation; to being a strong advocate for First Nations cultures; and to continuing to develop world-leading science, collections, exhibitions and education programs. With 22 million objects and specimens and the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI), the AM is not only a dynamic source of reliable scientific information on some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges facing our region, but also an important site of cultural exchange and learning.

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