"Nature Nocturne" transforms Museum of Nature
A man looks at the prehistoric dinosaur called Giganotosaurus as they take in the new exhibit called Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. (The Canadian Press/Nathan Denette)
Published Friday, January 25, 2013 11:27PM EST
The Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa’s Centretown neighbourhood was transformed Friday night for the first-ever “Nature Nocturne” event.
The adults-only event allowed visitors to check out all of the museum’s galleries plus other one-night interactive art installations by artists including the Luminartists, heARTbeatgal and Greta Grip.
“You get the classy aspect of the museum but you can still have fun and be among people your age,” said Alison Mackenzie.
“We looked at what's happening in some of the larger centres: London, New York, Toronto and they're starting to open the museum after hours for adults and making it a place that's entirely comfortable for adults so we decided to give that a try,” said Cynthia Iburg with the museum.
Two lineups of people waiting to get in stretched from one end of the museum to the other.
“It's hearty, there's some people dancing in line here which is kind of cool, but I think we're toughing it out,” said Mike Grigorieve.
The VIP lounge featured a signature cocktail named after a tarantula: the Mexican red knee. Ottawa-based DJ Tdot provided the music, along with Chris Milne who played a classical guitar.
The event will happen on the last Friday of the month until April. Staff plan to reassess the program and bring it back again in September.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Katie Griffin