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Experience DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition after dark. Explore the exhibition, play a game, learn about animation and storytelling, and stay to watch a free DreamWorks Animation film.

Animated fantasy to animatronic reality – with Philip Millar

Friday 17 January, 6–9pm | $25 adult, $20 concession, $15 Museum Friends | Bookings essential (fees apply) | Gandel Atrium

Join puppet designer Philip Millar as he discusses bringing fantasy creatures to life using puppetry, animatronics and complex hydraulics. Learn about the nature of movement design for the giant dragons by Creature Technology Co. from the How to Train Your Dragon – Live Spectacular and discover the unique challenges of these productions.  Afterwards, visit DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition and take off on a Dragon Flight, or challenge your friends to a game in the inflatable lounge.

The night comes full circle with a free screening of How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

* Run time 1:38 minutes

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Philip Millar is one of Australia’s leading puppet artists, with 30 years of experience as a performer, designer, maker and director of puppetry for theatre, film and television. He has worked on projects such as How to Train Your Dragon – Live Spectacular, Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, King Kong and Radio City Music Hall’s, Lady Liberty and is currently the Artistic Director of Melbourne-based puppet company, Puppetvision.

Program (times subject to change)


Doors open


Broadbean Catering bar


DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition


Lecture: ‘Animated fantasy to animatronic reality' with Phillip Millar


Film screening: How to  Train Your Dragon

Pre-purchase picnic

Hungry? Plan ahead and pre-purchase a picnic that can be picked up on the night. Order your picnic when you book your tickets.

Please note: This menu item will NOT be available to buy on the night. However, there will be a range of drinks and snack options available at our onsite bar.

Gippsland & South Coast Cheeses
House-made baba ghanoush
Turkish carrot yoghurt dips
Marinated olives
Cured prosciutto
House-made sesame lavash
Pide bread


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