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Nights at the Museum

  • Museums, Natural history
  1. Nights at the Museum
    Photograph: Australian Museum/Anna Kucera
  2. Three people look into a tall glass cabinet that contains taxidermy monkeys of different varieties.
    Photograph: Anna Kucera
  3. Nights at the Museum
    Photograph: Australian Museum/Anna Kucera
  4. Two people look down at a basket display in a clear cabinet. Lots of woven artefacts can be seen in the foreground. In the background several people are wandering through the museum room.
    Photograph: Anna Kucera
  5. Lots of people sitting on leather couches in purple lighting. A photographic exhibition can be seen in the distant background.
    Photograph: Anna Kucera

Time Out says

There's more time to explore the newly renovated Australian Museum after dark on Thursdays – and live music to boot

The Australian Museum is keeping its lights on late till the end of June with a stellar lineup of beats and exhibitions to explore after hours – and general admission is free. Look no further for the perfect weeknight catch up or date night.

Nights at the Museum is back on, which means that every Thursday you can gain after-dark access to the museum’s fascinating collections and exhibitions. There'll also be a pop-up bar, atmospheric lounge area and live music acts sending celebratory vibes throughout the recently refurbed halls of the country’s oldest museum. Hopefully you won’t be feeling too dusty after getting down with the dinosaurs and exploring curiosities from Australia’s past and present. Budding palaeontologists can get creative in Prehistoric Playground, a creative playspace where kids (and the young at heart) can design their own dinosaur or make a paper pterodactyl. 

In January you can check out the illuminating exhibition Unsettled, in which First Nations artists and spokespeople reveal the hidden stories of devastation and survival. You can also go deeper into the exhibition by booking a guided tour

On January 27, there is a special edition of Nights at the Museum called Ngalu Warrawi Marri (We Stand Strong), an evening of live music, talks, workshops, tours and performances celebrating the continued resistance and ongoing resilience of First Nations Peoples.

The event runs from 5pm to 9pm, entry is free and tickets are not required. Check the Australian Museum’s website for the full program.

Want more? Check out the best things to do in Sydney this week.

Alannah Maher
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