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Culture Up Late at Sydney Living Museums

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Two people sit in a video projection installation.
Photograph: James Horan

Time Out says

Enter three museums after dark on Thursdays for free entry and some extra-special installations

This winter all your favourite Sydney arts and culture institutions are keeping their doors open for extended hours at least one night each week. Sydney Living Museums is joining the after work fun with three museums keeping their doors open late on Thursdays and offering free entry. Head to the Museum of Sydney, Hyde Park Barracks and the Justice & Police Museum for exciting temporary exhibitions, permanent faves and special experiences until late.

Museum of Sydney will be extending their opening hours on Thursday nights from 5-8pm. This gives you a chance to catch the exhibition honouring the work and vision of architect Marion Mahony Griffin, Paradise on Earth and an opportunity to experience the newly-installed Narcissus Garden by Pop Art legend Yayoi Kusama. There will also be craft activities and film screenings over the Culture Up Late period to look out for.

Apart from the fantastic After Dark events on February 25 and March 11, Hyde Park Barracks will offer free entry on Thursday nights from 5-9pm. Step back in time with a self-guided immersive tour that includes a family-friendly activity book and audio guide. Culture Up Late provides a rare opportunity to experience this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site after hours.

As for the Justice & Police Museum, you'll get to explore Sydney's criminal past from 5-8pm every Thursday evening with free entry also. Head to the museum after work for an adults-only 'Murder in the Museum' talk, a fascinating film program, a speakeasy-style piano bar and exhibitions made all the more thrilling after hours. On March 18 and 25 the program will also include an escape room experience in the historic courtroom and cells.

Where to find these three museums for all your Culture Up Late fun:

Museum of Sydney, cnr Phillip & Bridge Streets, Sydney 

Justice & Police Museum, cnr Albert & Phillip Streets, Sydney

Hyde Park Barracks, Queens Square, top of Macquarie Street, Sydney

Written by
Claire Finneran


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