You are in site section: Engage & learn

Night at the Museum

After dark is different ... join in!

Night at the Museum is all about engaging with the Museum, not just watching. Our galleries are open, the music is pumping, robots are roaming (yes, robots), games are being played, art is being created, and the food and drinks flow.

We tap into your creative juices and challenge you mentally and physically. We also host a mini-tournament of The Museum Game, a group iPad adventure in our galleries.

Highlights

View some highlights from the National Museum's Night At the Museum events in Canberra.

Coming up

Night at the Museum: Fear

Night at the Museum: Fear

Friday 31 October 2014, 6pm to 9.30pm

We are going to have a fright night with a difference as we mess with the darkest of your fears. In a night of music, bars, talks, games and the unexpected, what would make you hit the panic button?

View more details about Night at the Museum: Fear 

Tickets
Over-18s only
Cost: $10 entry. $60 to register a team of 4 to play The Museum Game (includes entry).
Free entry for Museum Friends (full members)
Buy your tickets online through the Eventbrite website or at the door.

Previously

Night at the Museum: Thrill

Night at the Museum: Thrill

The Museum is full of stories of risk-takers and people who have tried and done new things, made unexpected connections and achieved extraordinary things. It all sounded like it was pointing towards something, well thrilling. On Friday 8 August 2014 we played with fire, rode bucking broncs, tried unicycling, sent in the crocs and mixed it with acrobats for Night at the Museum: Thrill.

Check out photos and video highlights

Night at the Museum: Love

Night at the Museum: Love

Friday 14 February 2014 was also a Friday night – how serendipitous. We didn't want St Valentine or any of his cheesy cards. Night at the Museum: Love was an exploration of what it meant to love something, anything, and how inclusive and accepting love is. We told stories of incredible Australians that have come before us and truly loved something. We sang and danced, heard your declarations of love, rocked out at the silent disco and had a great time just sharing the love. 

Check out photos and videos highlights

Night at the Museum: Superstition

Night at the Museum: Superstition

Friday 13 September 2013 seemed like a good day to open up after dark – we had nothing else on and thought it might be fun to explore the concept of superstition for our first Night at the Museum. It turns out there's lots of items in our collection linked to superstitious beliefs and practices. So we opened our doors and tested whether you were superstitious or a skeptic, smashed mirrors, opened umbrellas inside, walked under ladders and no bad luck came our way.

Check out photos and video highlights