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, games are being played, art is being created and the food and drinks are flowing.
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See highlights from previous Nights at the Museum
Visitors pushed the boundaries and discovered the unexpected at the National Museum on Friday 18 August 2017.
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.
Visitors explored their origins as they spun through time and around the globe at the National Museum on Friday 11 November 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.