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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Newcastle Museum celebrates its 2nd birthday! by launching a jam packed calendar of celebrations and special events

Having played host to over 300,000 visitors from all corners of Australia and the world since opening its doors on 4 August 2011, Newcastle Museum has firmly established itself as a leading cultural attraction and is bounding into its third year with an impressive calendar of events and exhibitions.

Launching in Newcastle’s iconic Honeysuckle Railway Precinct two years ago with three permanent exhibitions and a dedicated events space, Newcastle Museum has grown to be recognised as a leading regional museum which presents a wealth of world class travelling exhibitions - attracting visitors from near and far.

In fact, over the past 24 months  Newcastle Museum has presented over 20 travelling exhibitions, with highlights including Hatching the Past and Toys: Science at Play – and according to Newcastle Museum Director, Ms Belinda Betts, the coming year’s schedule is bigger and better than ever.

“Since opening in the iconic Honeysuckle Railway Workshop in 2011, we at Newcastle Museum have made it a priority to provide guests with the most informative, interesting, engaging and educational experience possible. This includes everything from ensuring our permanent exhibitions - which focus on the history the city, the broader Hunter region and its key industries - remain fresh and dynamic, to putting on world-class community events - including talks, presentations and theatre nights, to attracting the best travelling exhibitions,” said Ms Betts.

Commenting on the overall visitor experience, Ms Betts said, “Our visitor satisfaction results speak for themselves – with 96% of visitors saying they would recommend the Museum to others.”

There are currently more than 11,000 objects in the Museum’s permanent collection, which includes three exhibitions – A Newcastle Story, designed to share the true character, colour, grit and beauty of Newcastle across over 200 years; Fire and Earth, focusing on the hot and heavy industrial heart of the Hunter; and Supernova and Mininova, an interactive explosion of science fun.

The diverse array of artefacts included in these permanent displays cover historical industrial machinery such as the BHP ladle, transport relics including The Buck steam engine, religious artefacts such as St Augustine’s pipe organ, fossils, classic cars, delicate century old dresses, sporting memorabilia and more.

Upcoming must-do feature exhibitions and events include: 

Feature exhibition:  7seven (30 May – 25 August)
7seven will visually examine Newcastle through the eyes and experiences of seven people between the ages of 7 and 77: 7 people, 7 stories, 7 ages, 7 pictures, 7 Newcastles.

Feature exhibition:  Deep Oceans (7 December – 9 March 2014)
Dive in and uncover the secrets of the world’s largest habitat as the strange and rarely seen creatures of the deep are revealed. 

Special Event:  Night of Grace (Saturday 3 August, 2013)
When: 630pm start
Where: Newcastle Museum
Tickets: $150 – bookings are essential
All proceeds go towards delivering quality education programs.

A Night of Grace with the Museum’s railway workshops premises transformed into a magical and musical nirvana to celebrate its second birthday, including an exquisite three course meal, drinks and exceptional entertainment. Hitting the stage will be former Eurogliders frontwoman and legendary Australian singer Grace Knight, and astounding magician Bruce Glen.
To book your spot call (02) 4974 1413.

Special Event:  Science Week (variety of events, 15 – 18 August)
From Out in Space astronomy presentations to iconic Aussie film Young Einstein, Newcastle Museum has a number of exciting events on the schedule to celebrate Science Week.

Starry, starry night at Newcastle Museum
When: Thursday 15 August, 5.30pm – 7pm
Where: Newcastle Museum
Free talk
Astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith, currently working at CSIRO on the development of the SKA radio telescope, will present an engaging talk “The SKA telescope – illuminating the darkest corners of the universe
Out in Space
When: Saturday 17 August – various sessions: 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm
Where: Museum Theatrette
Free event
The night sky is an amazing place, but we rarely take the time to stop and enjoy it. ‘Out in Space’ aims to open up the night sky – teaching participants how to find constellations, use the Southern Cross to navigate and more.
No need to book, just drop in.

Young Einstein
When: Sunday 18 August, 1pm science show, movie starts at 1.45pm
Where:  Tower Cinema
Cost: $10 (details coming shortly)
The hugely popular and successful Australian film Young Einstein (rated PG) is back for a one-off Science Week special! See the movie made famous by Yahoo Serious, enjoy a special science show and go home with a Museum goody-bag.
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