Nocturnal

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Head along to an adults-only dance party at the Museum

If the last time you visited Melbourne Museum was on a school trip to see the hall of taxidermy animals, you're definitely long overdue for a return. Luckily, the museum runs Nocturnal – a monthly adults-only event series. 

Nocturnal transforms the museum into an after-hours adult playground on the first Friday of every month. Punters have access to the museum long after the last school group have left the building and can expect a lounge bar serving drinks and bar snacks. The event's crowning glory is the stage in front of the Forest Gallery where Melbourne's best music acts perform.

As part of the MEL & NYC festival, Melbourne Museum will be transformed into the vibrant streets of Harlem for one very special edition of Nocturnal on August 3. 

The night will include a dance-off in the museum's plaza, with soul food served by Gumbo Kitchen. The Rakiem Walker Project big band will be performing jazz, RnB, soul, hip hop, gospel, reggae, blues and Latin music in collaboration with some Melbourne musicians.

Throughout the museum you can find Melbourne dance duo Glitter & Snatch, who will be performing throughout the museum's galleries before hitting the main stage alongside MzRizk‘Round Midnights and feel-good rapper 1/6.

The museum will be open for partygoers to explore, with special talks and experts on the night.