Nocturnal program

Friday 6 March 2020: 7pm–11pm

After a massive event in 2019, Nocturnal and Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival come together again to celebrate the best of music and fashion at Melbourne Museum. 


Main Stage / Ground Floor

Times Band
7.00pm Purple Sneakers DJ Set
7.50pm Rainbow Chan
8.40pm Purple Sneakers DJ Set
9.10pm MO'JU DJ Set
10.00pm Banoffee
11.00pm Event ends

Melbourne Story Stage / Level One

Times Band
7.30pm Pania
8.30pm Feels
9.30pm SaD


7.30pm–8.30pm | Hey Drums

Wild Atrium

8.30pm–10pm | Chunky Move

Learning Lab

7pm–10pm | VR Fashion Film Experience

Show and Tell talks

Volumes in vogue: women, readership, and fashions

Science and Life Gallery, Ground Floor / 7.00pm–9.30pm

Did you know that books were "the hot new accessory of 2019"? Join our librarians Hayley Webster and Gemma Steele for a chat about books as fashionable objects, and representations of women as readers throughout history.

Speakers: Hayley Webster (@hayleybwebster) & Gemma Steele (@museumbooks)

Out of the closet

Science and Life Gallery, Ground Floor / 7.00pm–9.30pm

Highlights from Museums Victoria’s Melbourne fashion archive with a focus on the prim and punk creations of local designers Prue Acton and Jenny Bannister, including celebrity worn pieces and choice picks from fashion history.

Speakers: Hannah Perkins & Michael Reason

A flutter of butterflies

Science and Life Gallery, Ground Floor / 7.00pm–9.30pm

Come check out and get up close and personal with some of the butterflies from the Museum’s insect collection.

Speakers: Kylea Clarke, Lauren Timms, Mark Nikolic & Simon Hinkley


Ground floor

Level one

Food and Drink

Food and Bar will be available on the Lower Ground.



Ground Floor / Open until 11pm

Exhibition entry with visitors looking at language map

First Peoples

Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre

This major exhibition celebrates the history, culture, achievements and survival of Victoria’s Aboriginal people.

Various sails within Te Pasifika gallery

Te Vainui O Pasifika

Te Pasifika Gallery

Within a soaring gallery filled with natural light, Te Vainui O Pasifika presents watercrafts and other objects from nearly every Pacific Island nation.

Tarbosaurus bataar dinosaur skeleton model on display in exhibition

Dinosaur Walk

Science and Life Gallery

Skeletons of 17 prehistoric animals parade through the centre of this soaring exhibition: ten dinosaurs, three pterosaurs, one mammal-like reptile and Australian megafauna.

Head and skin detail of Qantassaurus animatronic dinosaur

600 Million Years

Science and Life Gallery

The origin of life in Victoria told through fossils, models, animatronics and animations.

Colourful minerals display at the Dynamic Earth exhibition

Dynamic Earth

Science and Life Gallery

Learn about the Earth's structure from hundreds of specimens from Museum Victoria's geological collections.

Spider in web in red light

Bugs Alive!

Science and Life Gallery

In Bugs Alive! you'll see, hear and smell the world of insects, spiders, snails and other invertebrates.

Birds on display in Wild.


Evolution Gallery

Wild features over 600 animals in a spectacular vertical array; many of these specimens have been in the museum's collection for over a century.

Front view of mounted display shark

Marine Life

Science and Life Gallery

Accompanied by brilliant photos, underwater footage and rare specimens, check out the wonderful life of marine Victoria.

Upper Level / Open until 10.45pm

Miniature Cole's English Dictionary with its magnifying case and mini knife on display

The Melbourne Story

Melbourne Gallery

The Melbourne Story is packed with icons of the city's past and present. There are tales of heroes and scoundrels, growth and decline, and the changing ways Melburnians live, work and play.

The Mind

Mind and Body Gallery

Through this exhibition's immersive experiences, artworks, and historical psychiatric objects, you'll think about the workings of your own mind and the minds of others.

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