A woman points in excitement at the insects on display at Melbourne Museum.

Nocturnal: Bells & Whistles

Museum After Dark

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This event ended on 11 April 2024
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This event ended on 11 April 2024.

  • Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition

    6 to 10pm | Touring Hall, Lower Ground Level | Exhibition

    A man and woman in a 1914 period dinner party attire pose on the grand staircase of the Titanic
    Get you picture taken in your finest attire!

    One of the most famous tragedies in modern history, the story of the Titanic and its ill-fated maiden voyage continues to enthral, more than 110 years since she sank to the bottom of the ocean. Book your timed session with your Nocturnal ticket.

    Unfinished Business

    6 to 8pm | Bunjilaka, Ground Level | Exhibition 
    An exhibition of photographic portraits revealing the stories of 30 First Nations people with lived experience of disability from across Australia. 

    First Peoples

    Through the voices and languages of the south-eastern First Peoples community, the First Peoples exhibition celebrates the cultures of First Peoples with its rich traditions of performance, storytelling, artwork, and knowledge sharing, set against the history of survival throughout the ongoing impacts of colonisation.

    Melbourne Story

    6 to 9pm | Melbourne story, upper level | Exhibition
    Melbourne Story is full of icons of the city's past and present – tales of heroes and scoundrels, growth and decline, and the changing ways Melburnians live, work and play.

    Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs

    6 to 9pm | SCIENCE & LIFE GALLERY, GROUND LEVEL | Exhibition
    An immersive voyage into a lost world to explore the landscapes of the Cretaceous and get to know the creatures that thrived there.

    Science & Life Gallery

    6 to 9pm | SCIENCE & LIFE GALLERY, GROUND LEVEL | Exhibition
    Walk past the skeletons of 17 prehistoric animals through Dinosaur Walk, discover the origin of life in Victoria told through fossils, models, animatronics and animations, learn about the Earth's structure from hundreds of specimens from Museum Victoria's geological collections, and see a world of insects, spiders, snails and other invertebrates in Bugs Alive!

  • A woman in front of a screen displaying a blue-tongued lizard gives a talk.
    Hear about our exhibitions and collections from those that know them best.

    Wheels of Time

    6:15pm & 7:30pm | Melbourne Story, Upper Level | Expert Talk
    Journey through the history of Melbourne's twentieth century transportation and the bells and whistles of a bygone era with Museums Victoria History and Technology Curator Matthew Churchward.

    Dressed to Kill

    6:30pm & 7:45pm | Research Institute Gallery, Ground Level | Expert Talk 
    Explore the opulence and excess of the plumage trade and the profound ecological consequences of this feathered fad with Gemma Steele from Museums Victoria’s Library.

    Symphony of Nature

    6:45pm & 8:15pm | Research Institute Gallery, Ground Level | Expert Talk 
    Explore the enchanting world of bird calls, and avian communication with Liam Meredith, Research Assistant in the Birds and Mammals team at Museums Victoria.

    Triceratops Tour (CANCELLED)

    7pm & 8:30pm | Triceratops, Ground Level | Tour
    Embark on an insider's journey through Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs, exploring the fascinating world of ceratopsian ornamentation, unearthing the secrets behind their iconic frills, formidable horns and curious crests. Presented by Justin Wright, Museums Victoria’s Programs Officer.

  • Drag Bingo

    A bingo wheel is turned as seated players look on.
    Get lucky and win fantastic prizes!

    6:30pm, 7:30pm & 8:30pm | Museum Café, Ground Level | Bingo
    Pop-in for a game of bingo with Isis Avis Lauren and Jemima Handful for your chance to win heaps of prizes.

    Mini Masterpieces

    6 to 9pm | Foyer, Ground Level | Make & Create

    Fold, crease and create your own paper fan inspired by the stylish accessories that graced the decks of the Titanic and some of our favourite naturalist illustrations from Museums Victoria’s Rare Book collection.

    Draw Me Like One of Your French Girls

    6:15, 7:15 & 8:15pm | High Tea Lounge, Lower Ground Level | Life Drawing
    Capture the elegance of the Edwardian silhouette in a 30-minute Titanic inspired figure drawing class with Louise Klerks, from Life Drawing at Coates Community Arts.

    All materials provided, no experience necessary.

    Best Dressed

    8pm | Foyer, Ground Level | Best Dressed
    Strike a pose and get ready to turn heads as our esteemed panel of judges’ award prizes for the best dressed individuals, couples and groups of the evening.

    DJ Mon Franco

    6 to 9pm | Foyer, Ground Level | Music

    Mon Franco’s sound takes great influence from her Filipino culture and upbringing and the underground dance culture of the LGBTQIA+ community to present agile cross-genre sets blending house, disco, funk and soul.

  • A closeup of dumplings being passed to a customer.
    Learning can be hungry work, so we have you covered.


    Portobello mushroom burger with jalapeno mayo and vegan cheddar on a pumpkin bun (vg | gfo)
    Classic cheeseburger with grass-fed beef patty, pickles, burger sauce and cheddar on a seeded milk bun
    Chicken katsu burger with panko chicken, tonkatsu sauce and slaw on a seeded milk bun
    Loaded chilli dog with cheese sauce and guacamole
    vg - vegan | gfo - gluten free option available

    Enjoy food and drinks across the ground floor.

    Please note: to protect our collections, food and drinks are not permitted in gallery spaces.


We can assist with any access requirements you may have for this program, please contact our team on 13 11 02 or email us at [email protected] to discuss how we can support your Museum visit.


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