Full program

Friday 7 December: 7.00–11.00pm

Nocturnal waves the rainbow flag this month in celebration of gender, identity and queer culture. Our colourful line-up includes: Sunshine & Disco Faith Choir, Brendan Maclean, Whiskey Houston, Brooke Powers & Dandrogyny.


Main Stage / Ground Floor

Times Band
7.00pm Whiskey Houston 
7.45pm Brendan Maclean 
8.15pm Whiskey Houston 
8.45pm Dandrogyny 
9.00pm Sunshine and Disco Faith Choir 
10.00pm Brooke Powers

Expert Talks / 7.00pm–9.30pm

Science & Life Gallery

Queer Representation in the GLAM Sector

GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) agencies, such as Museums Victoria, newCardigan, Australian Society of Archivists and many others, made statements of support for marriage equality. Have a conversation with librarians, archivists and museum workers who were part of this movement, and hear about other recent projects to improve queer representation in the GLAM sector.

Speakers: Nik McGrath, Amanda Thompson, Hayley Webster

Evolution Gallery

Sex and Gender – a fish eye view!

Fishes have an amazing range of reproductive strategies. Most reef fishes change sex and some can even reverse their sex change.
And, the deep-sea fishes that can produce sperm and eggs at the same time, and the fabulous female ceratioid anglerfishes with tiny “parasitic” males permanently attached to their bodies.

Speaker: Dianne Bray


Queer Collecting

Alice Cannon and Hannah Perkins will display items from the museum’s collection that are of significance to the LGBTQIA+ community, and will discuss preservation of ephemera and badges.

Speakers: Alice Cannon, Hannah Perkins

Frustration, Anger and Progress: A Blak Woman’s Perspective on the Plebiscite

Melbourne Museum’s Senior Koorie Programs Officer, Isobel Morphy-Walsh, will speak to her experience navigating judgement from within the LGBTIQA+ Community based on her response to the plebiscite.

Speaker: Isobel Morphy-Walsh

Activities / 7.00pm–9.00pm


Pronoun badge-making

Installation /Melbourne Gallery


QueerTech.io is a collective of Melbourne-based queer-identifying new media artists engaged in exploring notions of #queertech creative practices. Over the last two years they have presented more than sixty screen-based digital media artworks by queer artists from around the globe and Melbourne Museum’s Nocturnal will be projecting a diverse range of content from their renowned 2018 series.

Exhibitions / Open all night

Ground Floor

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Upper level

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.

Food and Drink

Food trucks available on the Museum Plaza and food and beverage bars available throughout the museum.


What's happening where at Nocturnal 

Ground Level

Map showing where events are happening on the ground floor at Melbourne Museum during December Nocturnal
Ground level floor plan for December Nocturnal at Melbourne Museum

Upper Level

Map showing where events are happening on the upper level at Melbourne Museum during December Nocturnal
Upper Level floor plan for December Nocturnal at Melbourne Museum

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