Spend a night at The Collection museum with a T-Rex

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Visitors to The Collection museum in Lincoln will have the chance to get daringly close to a giant T-Rex next month – after hours.

On Saturday, May 16, the museum on Danes Terrace will take part in an international event Museums at Night, where museums across the UK and Europe open their doors after hours.

The ferocious dinosaur will be let loose, roaming the halls until 8pm, with lots of additional activities available throughout the evening.

Paul Mason, site co-ordinator, said: “This is a rare opportunity for dinosaur fans to meet a T-Rex in the flesh!

“He’ll be making two 30 minute appearances on the night, at 5pm and 6.30pm.

“We’ll also have other dinosaur-themed activities, including a dinosaur egg trail, story-time, crafts, face-painting, a film, and a fossil talk.

“The Stokes Collection Cafe will be open throughout the evening and will be offering a prehistoric-themed menu.”

The Collection. Photo: Dominic Clark for The Lincolnite

The Collection. Photo: Dominic Clark for The Lincolnite

Between 6 and 6.30pm there will be a unique auction, marking the end of a collaborative art project between two local art groups aged between 14-18 years old.

Usher Young Creative and University of Lincoln’s National Art and Design Saturday Club created concrete sheep that then toured the city, in search of public engagement and interaction.

They collected images and video from this experience, which appeared at The Collection and Usher Gallery alongside the sheep as part of a #Sheepselfie exhibition over Easter.

On the night, these sheep will be auctioned off, with all the money raised being put back into the groups.

Then at 7pm, the museum will also host Recapitulate, a performance by artist Joshua Lockwood, which explores and incorporates the ordinary behaviours of the audience.

Entrance to the museum is free, as are most of the activities (there is a £1 charge for crafts).

Tickets for story-time cost £4 and must be booked in advance, either in person or by calling 01522 550987.

This includes a reading of Molly Idle’s ‘Tea Rex’, an afternoon tea party, and a visit by the T-Rex. Story-time begins at 5.15pm in the Stokes Collection Café.