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Night at the Museum

National Museum of Australia at night, from across the lake

After dark is different...

Night at the Museum is a great way to enjoy our beautiful building and diverse displays. Throughout the year, we transform the Museum and open our doors on a Friday night for a themed evening of entertainment and participation.


In tune with the season, a current event – or a whim! – each Night has a different theme. The next one – on Friday 8 August 2014 – is Thrill.

Random giveaways to the best-dressed guests!

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Join in!

Night at the Museum is all about engaging with the Museum, not just watching. To give you a glimpse; we can promise the galleries are open, the music is pumping, robots are roaming (yes, robots), games are being played, art is being produced, and drinks are flowing.

Each time there are a range of theme-appropriate activities that will tap into your creative juices and challenge you mentally and physically.

The Museum Game

During Night at the Museum, we host a mini-tournament of The Museum Game, a group iPad adventure in our galleries. It's about exploring the world through similarity, making connections between the objects on display. Be surprising; take a creative leap. Most importantly, be interesting to your competitors – that's how you win.

Compete for a great prize – something new is on offer every time!

We run four simultaneous heats and then one nail-biting final. Register early to play with up to four people in each team.