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Sugar Republic

A pop-up dessert museum where you can jump into a pink ball pit, climb inside a gumball machine and help yourself to lollies.
By Sarah Ward
September 16, 2018
By Sarah Ward
September 16, 2018

A giant gumball machine that you can climb inside. An adult-sized ballpit in bubblegum-pink hues. A dedicated fairy floss room with its own swing. Throw in ice cream, sweet and snack tastings, plus the ability to jump out of a giant birthday cake — and Brisbane's new pop-up dessert museum sounds like the kind of place that Willy Wonka might own.

Called Sugar Republic, it's actually a short-term exhibition at Valley Metro on Brunswick Street. Originally running from September 23 until October 21 — but adding an extra weekend of sweetness across October 26, 27 and 28 — the pop-up brings sugary delights to folks with a sweet tooth, boasting an array of spaces filled with all things chocolate, confectionery and dessert-oriented. When you're not making yourself a soft serve and showering it in sprinkles, you'll be spinning a wheel o' treats.

Other highlights include a sherbet-filled rainbow bridge, a 'press for confetti' button, an interactive sprinkles wall, a neon art wall and other dessert-centric art. And it wouldn't be a celebration of all things sweet without a huge lolly store, of course.

Basically, if you missed out on visiting New York's Museum of Ice Cream back in 2016, this is Australia's equivalent. Typically these kind of places are designed to be as photogenic as possible, so expect plenty of pics to clog your Instagram feed. If you're keen to take some of your own, tickets cost $35 for adults, which includes tastings over your 60-minute stay.

The exhibition is open from 10am every day. Last entry is at 4pm all days except Thursday, Friday and Saturday, when it's 8pm. 

Updated October 20.

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