Sydney’s favourite FREE after hours culture fix is back! The Australian Museum will be open until 9pm on Wednesday nights. Enjoy live music and a drink at the pop-up bar. Explore our incredible galleries and exhibitions and be inspired by our natural history and cultural collections.

Visit our new free exhibition Barka: The Forgotten River, developed by Uncle Badger Bates and Justine Muller with the Barkandji community. Barka (the Darling River) is more than a body of water; Barka is a mother, an Ancestor, a life source, and in peril, along with everyone that lives along it. Find out more in this exhibition which focusses on the stories, culture and people who have Barka running in their veins.

Witness the history and diversity of the world’s oldest living cultures in our First Nations Galleries, Bayala Nura (Yarning Country) and Garrigarrang (Sea Country). Get up close with dinosaurs and Australian animals and learn about the 100 Treasures of the Museum and hear the stories of 100 of Australia's most influential people in 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum. Be dazzled by over 1800 spectacular rocks and minerals in Minerals.

Program for Wednesday 21 June

Program Time
Music: Lo Carmen & Peter Head 5.45pm to 6.30pm
Museum Through My Eyes Tour: Cloé Fournier 6.30pm to 6.50pm
Music: Lo Carmen & Peter Head 6.50pm to 7.20pm
Museum Through My Eyes Tour: Cloé Fournier 7.30pm to 7.50pm
Music: Lo Carmen & Peter Head 8pm to 8.45pm

Live music from Lo Carmen & Peter Head

Lo Carmen and her dad, legendary pianist, singer/songwriter Peter Head, present a bewitching excursion through lyrical lounge, country soul and honkytonk jazz, drawn from their own pen or their repertoire of crowd pleasers, heartbreakers, and curveballs, from the songbooks of Willie Nelson, Peggy Lee, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton and Tom Waits.

Museum Through My Eyes

Museum Through My Eyes is an opportunity to experience, see, and hear the Museum in ways you never imagined. Join a local artist as they lead you on a 20-minute guided tour of the Museum’s collections and galleries. Artists are given 4 hours to create their tour during the day, with the design and scope entirely up to their artistic vision. Whether it is through storytelling, song, dance, or other forms of creative expression, each tour will be a unique and fascinating insight into how a local artist responds to the Museum. This week’s Museum Through My Eyes tour will be led by Cloé Fournier, a French-born Australian multi-disciplinary artist currently based on Gadigal Land (Sydney). Cloé works as a dancer, physical theatre performer, choreographer, director, actor, dramaturg and curator. Cloé has performed in major international festivals in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. She has worked for acclaimed companies, including Branch Nebula, Dance Tank, Legs On The Wall, Stalker Theatre, Strings Attached, Sydney Chamber Opera, The Living Room Theatre and Youmove.

The Museum’s galleries and exhibitions will be open throughout the night.

Upcoming programs

Be transported by the soulful voice of Gari Guru, a 22 year old multi-faceted singer/songwriter. Gari hails from the Papuan region of Papua New Guinea but has resided in Sydney since the age of 4. Gari flows between Alternative Pop and R’n’B to share his stories through music. Being able to draw inspiration from other PNG artists whilst being based overseas, Gari hopes to pave the way for other talented Papua New Guineans - to show that it’s not crazy to dream of becoming a songwriter or a musician.

This week’s Museum Through My Eyes tour will be led by Bedelia Lowrencev (they/she), a groovy disabled actor, dancer, singer, and theatre maker, with heritage from Russian-Siberian Eastern European and the Northwestern European Isles. Bedelia frequently collaborates with her deaf, twin brother Jeremy, with their current work COLLISION exploring the intersection of queerness, disability and deafness. Most recently, Bedelia performed in her new work, COLLISION for Sydney WorldPride at PYT Fairfield, choreographed their first solo dance work at Bold Festival, and was a lead soloist for the new show in development, REVERENCE by Rose Riebl and The House That Dan Built. She does advocacy in a wide range of contexts around increasing access for disabled people.

More programs to be announced soon.

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Nights at the Museum is proudly funded by the NSW Government

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