Nocturnal program

Friday 3 May: 7.00–11.00pm

This May Nocturnal partners with WAT Artists who have curated a killer line-up featuring a DJ set from Cut Copy's Dan Whitford plus Millú, Krakatau, and Merve.


Main Stage / Ground Floor

Times Band
7pm Merve
8pm Krakatau
8.45pm Millú
9.30pm Dan Cut Copy (DJ Set)


Expert Talks / 7pm–9.30pm

Picture this: the magic lantern, the photograph and motion film

Matthew Churchward & Lorenzo Iozzi | MELBOURNE STORY GALLERY, LEVEL 1

Ever wondered what life was like before the smartphone? Come along and see how pictures were made, viewed and shared from the earliest photographs to today’s digital world.

Ice Age predators in Victoria


Vertebrate Palaeontology experts show off ancient fossil remains of extinct (and surviving) predators that lived in Victoria during the last Ice Age

Fatberg ahoy

Elizabeth McCartney & Dani Measday | SCIENCE & LIFE GALLERY, GROUND FLOOR

What does it take to put a fatberg on display? Join conservators Lizzie McCartney and Dani Measday to talk about how to choose, handle, transport and preserve a fatberg – and how to keep toxic mould growth and live fly births in check. MV's fatberg is on display in Gut Feelings.


Food and Drink

Food trucks will be out on the Museum Plaza until 10pm and food and beverage bars available throughout the museum.


Exhibitions / Open until 10pm

Ground Floor

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.

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.

Upper level

E. coli bacteria

Gut Feelings

Mind and Body Gallery

A stunning new display exploring revelations; that your gut can talk directly to your mind and body via trillions of microorganisms.  Meet your helpful gut microbes. 

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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