Jurassic Lounge - 18 February 2023 - Dinosaurs

Night Owls provides an exclusive, fun night out for those who prefer to visit the Museum in a controlled sensory, relaxed and supportive environment.

Image: Anna Kučera
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Ages: 16+

Night Owls provides an exclusive, fun night out for those who prefer to visit the Museum in a controlled sensory, relaxed and supportive environment. With a curated program designed for an adult audience, Night Owls helps to make visiting the Museum easier for autistic people and for those who have other access requirements.

Program features:

  • A supportive environment with limited visitors after hours.
  • Lighting and sound will be adjusted for a controlled sensory experience with signposted activity times.
  • A designated quiet area for those needing to take a break.
  • A Visual Story with more details on what to expect.
  • Staff trained in autism awareness and disability.
  • Pop-up bar open for drinks and light snacks.
  • A silent disco plus activations in selected gallery spaces.
  • Games, talks and activities.


Night Owls is designed for autistic people and those with sensory sensitivities. Features of this event may also benefit visitors with other access requirements and their families or friends. This event is recommended for people aged 16+.

Night Owls events align with the Australian Museum's Accessibility and Inclusion Action Plan 2018-21 (AIAP) to break down barriers that hinder the full and effective participation of people with access requirements, and create a place where everyone can be inspired to explore and understand our natural and cultural worlds.

Night Owls is a gateway event where visitors become familiar with the Australian Museum in a safe and supportive environment, in order to feel comfortable and confident visiting us again.

During the Night Owls event I may dress up if I would like. Dress up could include costumes such as superheroes or cartoon characters, my best or favourite outfit, or any other clothes that I feel comfortable in.

I will remember my dress up can’t show any of my private body parts, and if I wear something that covers my face, I must be able to remove it so security can see my face on entry.

  • Night Owls events have limited capacity to reduce crowds, queues and associated noise.
  • The Museum will have lighting adjusted and loud unexpected sounds, such as dinosaurs roaring, will be switched off or down.
  • High sensory areas will be indicated on the Museum map and in the Visual Story.
  • Hand-dryers will be turned off and paper towel will be available in toilet facilities.
  • Designated quiet spaces will be available for use to take a break and reset before continuing on your Museum adventure!

The Museum closes to the general public at 5pm and will reopen at 6pm for the Night Owls event. The Museum closes for the Night Owls event at 9pm.

Everything you would do during opening hours and more! You can draw, listen to experts talk about their favourite scientific topics, take dancing lessons as part of our Silent Disco, have a glass of wine (if you're over 18) and snack at the pop-up bar.

This is the Australian Museum's second Night Owls program, and hopefully there will be more to come. To be the first to know about our next Night Owls event, subscribe to our eNewsletter.

You can also come to our Early Birds mornings which happens four times a year.

There is currently no onsite parking at the Museum. We recommend parking at nearby car parks and metered parking in surrounding streets. Enacon Parking on Cathedral Street has 11 accessible spots and is a 3 minute walk to the Australian Museum. This route has no steps. For more information please refer to the Enacon Parking website.

For more information on parking and public transport options visit our parking and transport page.

Yes, more detailed information on the Museum’s accessibility features can be found here.