The Australian Museum will be remixed by artists, scientists and DJs as an after-hours playground for adults (and dinosaurs) on Saturday 29 October 2016.

The only Halloween party to feature live tarantulas, Jurassic Lounge returns to the Australian Museum (AM) to celebrate the opening of new exhibition Spiders – Alive & Deadly, inviting party-goers to explore an augmented reality cave crawling with arachnids, or dance off against the colourful peacock spider.

Visitors can get close to more than 400 real spiders, as well as see a live spider milked for its venom, try insect snacks with our Bug Chef, plan their own funeral in the crafts room, raise the dead in Alex Nicholls’ drum circle or watch flesh-eating beetles devour a dolphin skull with taxidermist Katrina McCormick.

“We’ve pulled out all stops this year, with some seriously spooky fun” Matt Ravier, Manager of Programming at the Australian Museum, said.

“Immersive experiences include Jetpack Theatre Collective’s secret Trick or Treat room and Loud Light: Slaughter on Canyon Road, where you can direct your own horror story by controlling light levels in a darkened gallery.”

Performances include a giant redback spider from world-renowned puppeteers Erth, horror mash-ups by VJ collective Eightfilters, improvised spider jam by MC Trey and DJ DPAK, live art by Ox King, local ghost stories by Sydney Ghost Tours and a giant Ghostbusters dance lesson by Tootsie Caloola.

A staple of Jurassic Lounge, the Silent Disco returns, featuring DJ Urby and Glenn B Trippin’ battling it out in the taxidermy room as hundreds dance in complete silence... until someone decides to sing along.

Guests are encouraged to go all out with their Halloween outfits for a chance to win great prizes. Make-up artist Katya Lonsdale will be on-hand to add gashes and wounds.

Jurassic Lounge attendees will also have the opportunity to discover the Australian Museum’s new rooftop restaurant and bar, No.1 William, which will stay open until 11pm.

For the full line-up details visit

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Claire Vince, Media Advisor, Australian Museum
P 02 9320 6181 M 61 468 726 910