The South Australian Museum will allow visitors rare access to its collections while enjoying food, drink and conversation. At night.

Night Lab will tie in with the museum’s Curious Beasts exhibition; a series of prints from the British Museum, which will be on display alongside taxidermy specimens.

“We asked our resident scientists, ‘What’s the strangest thing you have in your lab?’ and managed to get our hands on it for a Cabinet of Curiosities,” says event organiser Lara Torr. “Night Lab is going to feel a bit like walking into a strange Victorian club.”

There will be a number of presentations and talks on the night to sink your fangs into as well. Local printmakers, including Simone Tippett of Union Street Printmakers, and contemporary taxidermist Jo Bain will give demonstrations of their respective practices. You’ll even be able to create and take home your own screen-printed work … probably not anything furry and stuffed, though.

Along with drinks, nibbles and DJs, you can also take part in an adventurous tasting event led by local food writer Rebecca Sullivan (Dirty Girl Kitchen). Ever wondered what crocodile tastes like? If you’d rather not know, there will also be plenty of vegan options.

“It’s obviously quite an investment having a museum open after hours,” says Torr. “So we thought, ‘Why not go all out?’”

Night Lab will be held on November 11 at the South Australian Museum at 6pm. Tickets are $25–$35 and available here.

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