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Friday 22 June 2018 | 6–9.30pm | 18+

Secrets can be dark and dangerous things. What will be revealed under the cover of darkness? Share a secret. Show your secret self at our first Night at the Museum for 2018.

A night of bars, music, talks, art and the unexpected.

Pre-sale tickets: $15 (fees apply) | $12 each for groups of 10 or more (fees apply) | Friends free
Door sales: $18 from 6.15pm



  • Fabulous Fan Dancers – concealing and revealing with a flurry of feathers
  • Psychic Tarot Readings – scrutinise the secrets of the universe with Madame Carole
  • Canberra School of Bollywood – bursting with colour and sparkle
  • Naked Girls Reading – tantalising tall tales with nothing to hide
  • Underground Spirits – cocktail master class with secrets to making favourites


  • Show off your secret talent in our Karaoke Lounge
  • Put your senses to the test in the secret scary touchy feely box
  • Tell a shadowy story – keep your identity hidden and confess a secret
  • Join the Hush Hush Tour with crypto naturalist Tim the Yowie Man


  • House of Secrets – the espionage and intrigue of the Petrov Affair with Campbell Rhodes from the Museum of the Australian Democracy
  • Ask Me Anything asexuality panel –  illuminating the invisible orientation with ACT Aces
  • Secrets and Shame in ’78 – Museum curator Lily Withycombe marches Mardi Gras out of the closet
  • Secrets of the Collection – pop up talks


  • NatureArt Lab – the art of science – seeing the secrets of nature in a new light
  • Secret photo booth stories – tell a tale of intrigue in three photos
  • Secret image – dot to dot or Mr Squiggle?

Eat | Drink | Shop

  • Museum Cafe
  • Pop-up bar
  • Secret sale @ Museum Shop

Never been before?

Don't know what to expect? Check out our highlights reel.


  • Wear something secretive or dress smart casual
  • Check your coats and bags at our Information Desk
  • Parking onsite is free but we suggest you car pool or walk from New Acton to avoid traffic
  • Food and drinks on sale
  • Our galleries are open to explore
  • Pick up a detailed program on the night
  • Most performances are 10–15 minutes

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See highlights from previous Nights at the Museum

Night at the Museum: Uncharted

Visitors pushed the boundaries and discovered the unexpected at the National Museum on Friday 18 August 2017.

Heroes and villains

Heroes and villains

Visitors released their inner alter ego and came disguised as their favourite superhero or scandalous villain at the National Museum on Friday 28 April 2017.


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Visitors explored their origins as they spun through time and around the globe at the National Museum on Friday 11 November 2016.

Play School

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. There were games to play, stories to tell and plenty of old friends as well.

Night at the Museum: Play School photos on our Facebook page


Romance, art, superheroes and sensational guest speakers guaranteed a balance of excitement and obsession at A Night at the Museum: Passion on Friday 13 May 2016. The passion popped as visitors flexed it with Fabio on the cover of a romance novel, tied themselves in knots for giant inflatable Twister and witnessed a seductive burlesque show.


Passion’ album on the Museum’s Facebook page


Night at the Museum: Chance

Visitors took a chance and experimented with the unknown at the National Museum on Friday, 17 September 2015. There were gladiator battles, virtual reality space trips, rock stars, crocs and stilt-walking paparazzi in safari suits.


Check out VR Bits’ 360 degree Chance video on YouTube
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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. About 1200 visitors learned more about some of the mysterious stories and objects at the Museum and enjoyed art, DJs, bars and talks


‘Mystery’ album on the Museum’s Facebook page


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. Fairy floss, giant bubbles, hula hoops, hot rods and roller derby had us jumping for joy.


Joy photo album on the Events at the National Museum Facebook page
Joy album 2 on the Events at the National Museum Facebook page


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.


Fear album 1 on the Museum’s Facebook page
Fear album 2 on the Museum’s Facebook page


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.



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.


Love album on the Museum’s Facebook page

Vegas Instant Weddings album on our Facebook page

Romantic getaways on our Facebook page

Engage and Learn blog on Night at the Museum: Love


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.

Superstition album on the Museum’s Facebook page