12mar6:00 pm9:00 pmSmart Bar - Melbourne Museum

Event Details

It’s our first SmartBar of 2015 and it’s going to make you queasy.

Our experts will be out with diseased body parts, venomous critters, mysterious tales of heart-stopping poisons and stories on the disarming fictions of leprosy.

See live leech feeding and have a meet and greet with some of the live animals that call Melbourne Museum home including Olive the Murray Python.

Get hooked up to an electrocardiograph (ECG) as it records the sound of your heart while jazz musicians turn it into a tune.

Check out the first taipan that was milked for venom and hear the story of the animal biting and killing the very famous herpetologist (Kevin Budden) who collected it.

Our expert stars of the night

  • Dr Johanna Simkin with her talk on mysteries of the human heart
  • Dr Ryan Jeffries and Dr Chriss Hopkins from University of Melbourne showcasing pathology specimens
  • Nick Clemann on the creation of the Victorian Venom Bank here at Museum Victoria
  • Ken Winkel’s talk ‘Venomosity: A History of Venom in Ten Objects’
  • Kate Chmiel with ‘Have you heard the one about the leper?’
  • Tom Lang on how to extract your DNA
  • Blaire Dobieski & Shane Hughes surrender themselves for live leech feeding
  • Di BrayMel MackenzieKatie Smith and Martin Gomon talk and discuss their display table, showing critters that poison, sting or bite
  • I Heart Jazz Music – The Museum of Illness and Disease of NSWelectrocardiograph machine with Mirko Guerrini and Paul Williamson
  • The museum library will be displaying gruesome medical history books from its collection




(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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