One of our Museum Studies students tells us what she thought of the recent Museum Late: Ice and Fire:
The University of Aberdeen Museums recently hosted their first Museums Late: Fire and Ice, an evening event catering to the 18+ crowd. Hosted in the Zoology Building, this event wonderfully combined all the fun of a night at the museum with an adult evening out.
Guests were able to take part in all the activities which included animal handling, face painting, object handling, science experiments and more! So often, I find that at similar events we, as adults, are not able to participate in some of the activities. Either we allow children to do them first and never get a chance or we feel a bit awkward taking spaces away from the kids to play with animals or get our faces painted. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that we often do not get to partake in as many activities as we would like. This event was a wonderful chance to release our inner child and guiltlessly partake in all the activities provided, which I most certainly did.
The activities themselves were engaging and captured my attention for the majority of the evening. I greatly enjoyed animal handling where they had a great mix of the cute and cuddly as well as the scaly and slightly creepy. The science experiments in the foyer were fantastic and great fun to watch. The academic side such as the glacier and volcanoes talk was also good fun; presented in an accessible and engaging manner so as to not just educate, but entertain. The object handling also added to the usual museum experience as you were able to touch and experience museum pieces in more detail, from Inuit carvings to the core of another planet!
The ability to buy and drink alcohol at the event also added to the evening; themed hot and cold cocktails were a fun (and tasty) addition and I can’t forget the amazing food on offer from the outdoor barbecue!
As a student of the university, it was a great experience to be able to spend time at the university after hours without any academic stress. At the price of only £4 for students it was a very reasonable night out. As several of my friends and fellow students also attended, it was a wonderful opportunity to let our hair down and enjoy some museum related fun. All of us had a wonderful time and we all plan on attending the next event.