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Nights at the Museum

Scope out the Australian Museum's huge revamp, tour its new exhibitions and kick back to live tunes after hours this summer.
By Libby Curran
December 23, 2020
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Nights at the Museum

Scope out the Australian Museum's huge revamp, tour its new exhibitions and kick back to live tunes after hours this summer.
By Libby Curran
December 23, 2020
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Head down to the newly revamped Australian Museum after dark for DJ tunes, dinosaurs, eye-opening discussions and more thanks to its new after-hours summer series. Kicking off on January 7, and running every Thursday evening, Nights at the Museum is part of the NSW Government's Up Late initiative that'll see cultural institutions opening with extended hours. And, it's completely free.

Kidults and kids alike can unleash their creativity in the Prehistoric Playground (open till 6pm), while free hourly tours will give you a close-up glimpse at the new-look museum. There'll also be spotlight tours running every 30 minutes, each visiting three of the Museum's key specimens. Or, you can kick back with drinks from the pop-up bar, matched with DJ sets from the likes of Ayebatonye, Salllvage and Terazatron. And, you can even visit the blockbuster summer exhibition Tyrannosaurs — Meet the Family after hours (paid ticket required).

On Thursday, January 21, the Museum is turning over its after-dark programming to a special celebration of First Nations voices. Titled Ngalu Warrawi Marri – We Stand Strong, the one-off event will feature an intimate live gig with musicians Dobby and Barkaa; workshops on weaving and jewellery-making led by First Nations artists; and a discussion hosted by Sara Khan of FBi Radio's Race Matters. Although the event is free to attend, registration is required and can be done over here.

While Nights at the Museum's February and March programs are still under wraps, you can expect a similar amount of after-dark action to come.

Alistair MacDougall

Nights at the Museum kicks off on Thursday, January 7 and runs every Thursday from 5–9pm over summer. For more details, head to the website

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