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 are flowing.
Night at the Museum: OriginsFriday 11 November 2016, 6–9.30pm
What makes us human? Join us for fun after dark as we explore two million years of human history, inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.
Over 18s only
Pre-sale tickets: $15 on the Eventbrite website (booking fees apply), Friends full members free
Tickets at the door: $18, on sale from 6.15pm
Night at the Museum: Play School
Grown-ups joined us for the biggest kids’ party as we celebrated 50 years of Play School at the National Museum on Friday 17 June 2016.
Night at the Museum: Passion
A balance of excitement and obsession delighted the passionately curious at the National Museum on Friday 13 May 2016.
Night at the Museum: Chance
Visitors took a chance and experimented with the unknown at the National Museum on Friday, 17 September 2015.
Night at the Museum: Mystery
Things aren't always what they seem after dark at the National Museum, as visitors discovered when they took part in a night of mystery and the unexpected on Friday 31 July 2015.
Night at the Museum: Joy
Visitors frocked-up and frolicked as we unleashed the joy and turned our Garden of Australian Dreams into a wonderland full of surprises on Friday, 27 March 2015.
Night at the Museum: Fear
Fear is one of the most powerful of human emotions. Faced with impending danger, your hair stands on end. Blood runs cold. Flesh creeps. It is one of the intense emotions explored in our Eternity gallery. We challenged visitors to push their panic buttons and join us for Night at the Museum: Fear on Friday 31 October 2014.
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. We played with fire, rode bucking broncs, tried unicycling, sent in the crocs and mixed it with acrobats for Night at the Museum: Thrill on Friday 8 August 2014.
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.
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.