Children can draw on the walls at the Museum of Brisbane

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Forget what you know about a traditional museum experience in a new interactive exhibition.


Step inside a life-sized story book, add your unique sunflower to the handmade sunflower field and help a flock of feathery ibis take over Brisbane when creativity, colour and crafting chaos takes over Museum of Brisbane (MoB) in The Storytellers: Next Chapter.

Children of all ages are even being encouraged to draw on the walls when The Storytellers goes interactive in this one-of-a-kind museum experience throughout the school holidays, opening 9 December.

MoB’s award-winning exhibition, The Storytellers, will be transformed into a community installation as kids and adult visitors to the space are being called on to harness their artistic imaginations in a guided making experience that is a celebration of community creativity.

MoB Director Renai Grace said the exhibition would break down traditional barriers of a museum experience.

“We are so excited for the opportunity to transform our award-winning exhibition The Storytellers into a cool, creative playground this summer and invite our community to leave their own creative mark on our walls,” Ms Grace said.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said a visit to The Storytellers: Next Chapter exhibition was a fun family day out.

“Museum of Brisbane is one of our city’s true hidden gems and a must do whether you’re a long-time local or just passing through,” Cr Schrinner said.

“The museum plays an important role in giving Brisbane a voice by bringing art, culture and history to life, so this is a unique opportunity to add your story to the walls of a city treasure.”

Activities in The Storytellers: Next Chapter include adding graffiti to a tiny cell inside Boggo Road Gaol, planting a handmade fabric sunflower in the field of sunflowers and stepping inside a life-sized colouring-in book where you can add colour and pattern to the black and white interior of a dilapidated Queenslander, bringing back life to an old beauty, inspired by a Nick Earls short story.

Other highlights include Flood Memories, where you can take a quiet moment draw a memory of when the water rose and add it to the depiction of river waters around Kangaroo Point, and Retro Interior, a collage of everything retro in a mash-up of mid-century pattern and colour.

The Storytellers: Next Chapter runs from 9 December-23 January.

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