Remember Willy Wonka’s ‘chocolate room’ that was decked out with a chocolate river and edible flowers? Anything imaginable was created entirely out of candy. Admit it – you still salivate in pure admiration. 

Now this next piece of information requires you to grab yourself a chair. Let’s just say that you’ll need to be sitting down to hear what’s coming to Melbourne.

A fully-fledged candy museum. Legit!

Described as an interactive insta-dream, Sugar Republic isn’t your average museum. From a classic Aussie milk bar to a cookie house, liquorice playroom, and a giant grown-up ball pit with sprinkles, this is what dreams are made of. 

“It’s Australia’s ‘must see’ exhibition for anyone who ever hit a sugar high, slammed a Tim Tam or jumped for joy at the sound of a Mr. Whippy van,” their website reads. “Sugar Republic is a truly unique experience for adults and kids alike.”

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A homage to the humble Aussie Milk Bar. My first job in Australia was behind the counter of a milk bar in Prahran. It was my introduction to Melbourne culture and to iconic brands like Big M, Samboy and TimTams, New Idea, Cheezels and Four'n Twenty Pies. And mixed lollies. I loved it. The milk bar I worked at is no longer a milk bar, but this year I was able to achieve my dream of creating a traditional Milk Bar at Sugar Republic in collaboration with Melbourne artist @callumpreston. Alongside Callum’s incredible hand-painted art we have also installed a photo wall by Eamon Donnelly, who has spent more than 15 years documenting milk bars around Australia for his @milkbarsbook. And being Sugar Republic, of course we also had to create a 1.5m high Big M carton and a TV playing old snack food ads. Step inside the curtain and go back in time. 🥛🍫🥪🥫🍦🍬 Photo @lucasdawsonphotography Paint by @taubmans #myermelbourne #sugarrepublic

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Whether you want to play in a huge grown-up ball pit, try the fruity swing, jump out of a giant birthday cake, relax inside the bubble gum lounge room or indulge in the honey bear room, Sugar Republic has literally got everything you want. 

The interactive museum will take over the entire sixth floor of Myer Bourke Street from 10th February to 20th March. Tickets for the event are on sale now.