A unique exhibition showcasing innovations in 3D technology and their applications within museums will be on display for one night only at The University of Queensland.

The Real to Relic: Museums in 3D exhibit at UQ’s Anthropology Museum has been curated by postgraduate students with the exhibition allowing visitors to explore virtual artefacts on screen and watch 3D printers in action.

Experts from UQ’s School of Earth Sciences, and 3D technologists from Phoenix Finery will be on hand to speak about the displays.

UQ Museum Studies student and co-curator, Beth Hinds says the event will look at the role of 3D technology in museums.

“Real to Relic aims to show the exciting possibilities of 3D modelling and printing for both museum workers, and visitors,” she says.

“Just imagine being able to study an exact replica of a dinosaur bone with no risk of damaging it, or visiting the Louvre from your home in Brisbane.”

Beth says 3D technology will impact things like cultural repatriation, virtual exhibitions, and reproducing valuable, vulnerable or destroyed artefacts.

The exhibition will include presentations by UQ’s Dr Graeme Were, and The Queensland Museum’s Dr Scott Hocknull, who are experts in 3D technology applications in museums.

Real to Relic: Museums in 3D starts at 6.30pm on Thursday 26 May at The University of Queensland Anthropology Museum, Level 1, Michie building. For tickets click here