The Australian Museum is FREE and open until 9pm on Wednesday nights.

Enjoy live music, grab a drink at our pop-up bar and explore incredible exhibitions inspired by our natural history and cultural collections with Nights at the Museum - Sydney’s favourite FREE after hours culture fix!

Visit our special exhibitions Bilas: Body Adornment from Papua New Guinea, featuring photographs by Wylda Bayrón.

Witness the history and diversity of the world’s oldest living cultures in our First Nations Gallery Garrigarrang (Sea Country). Or get up close with Dinosaurs and Australian animals, learn about 100 Treasures of the Australian Museum with stories of 100 of Australia's most influential people in the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum exhibition, and be dazzled by over 1800 spectacular rocks and minerals in our newest permanent exhibition Minerals.

Nights at the Museum will end at the end of September.

Program for Wednesday 27 September

Program Time
Music: The Mighty Bullfrog 5:30pm to 6:00pm
Theatre: Your Planet: Climate & Environmental Short Documentaries 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Museum Through My Eye 6:00pm to 6:20pm
Music: The Mighty Bullfrog 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Museum Through My Eyes 7:20pm to 7:40pm
Music: The Mighty Bullfrog 8:00pm to 8:45pm

The Mighty Bullfrog will be gracing the main stage in Hintze Hall playing Real Funk, Blues, Groove, Afro and Soul. Mixing their own originals music with cover songs from funk classics such as; James Brown, Sly & Family Stone, Tina Turner, and The Meters. The Mighty Bullfrog have come together from diverse backgrounds, multiple bands and decades playing the Sydney music scene. A pure synthesis of all the important elements that make their shows a refreshing and unique experience for audiences. The Mighty Bullfrog are Jade Da Silva on vocals, James Eriksson on drums/vocals, Tristan Fitzgerald on guitar/vocals, Tim Lumsdaine on bass guitar, Dan Parise on keys/vocals, and Gerard Perrignon on sax/vocals.

Presented in partnership with Sydney Film Festival and the Australian Broadcast Corporation, Your Planet: Climate & Environment Short Documentaries will be on show in the Theatre across the night. From wildlife defenders to waste warriors, from valleys to reefs, to powerful stories from First Nations filmmakers, these short documentaries will transport you across Australia and showcase people and communities creating solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our environment.

Museum Through My Eyes is an opportunity to experience, see, and hear the Museum in ways you never imagined.

Join a local artist as they lead you on a 20-minute guided tour of the Museum’s collections and galleries. Artists are given 4 hours to create their tour during the day, with the design and scope entirely up to their artistic vision. Whether it is through storytelling, song, dance, or other forms of creative expression, each tour will be a unique and fascinating insight into how a local artist responds to the Museum. The artist for this week’s Museum Through My Eyes tour will be announced soon.

Ages: All ages

After the Smoke, short documentary.

After the Smoke

Wendy Farmer, housewife turned activist and founder of Voices of the Valley, recounts how the devastating Hazelwood mine fire led her to find her voice as an activist.

Babanil, short documentary


The beautiful lower Martuwarra Fitzroy River, in the Kimberley region, is a place rich in culture that the Nyikina people have cared for over many generations.

For Frogs Sake, short documentary

For Frogs Sake

The story of two female conservationists fighting against time to save the endangered and elusive Giant Burrowing Frogs in regional Victoria.

Mad About Maggots, short documentary

Mad about Maggots

One third of the food produced every year is thrown away. Because of this, food waste makes up 30 percent of global emissions. Luke Wheat has decided to do something about it.

Mamirnikuwi, short documentary


After discovering that her home on the Tiwi Islands is at risk from a huge gas project, Antonia Burke mobilises her community creating the first ever Tiwi Women’s Ranger group.

Nyarrrparala Malaju, short documentary

Nyarrrparala Malaju

Mala (the Rufous Hare-Wallaby) are very important ancestors in Warlpiri people’s Jukurrpa (Dreaming). So what happens when there are no more Mala?

The No. 2 Solution, short documentary

The Number 2 Solution

Brisbane-based scientists build Australia’s first facility to transform human waste into renewable energy and a sustainable product called Biochar.

The Oyster Gardener, short documentary

The Oyster Gardener

Jolie, a grade-12 student and aspiring marine biologist, joins forces with her community to bring back the lost oyster reefs of the Noosa River.

Power to Country, short documentary

Power to Country

A portrait of life thrown into crisis by energy insecurity, Power to Country tells the story of Garrwa woman Shirley’s displacement from traditional homelands and her yearning to return.

Road Kill Warriors, short documentary

Road Kill Warriors

400,000 animals are killed on Tasmanian roads every year. Meet the women who are tackling this issue in unique and sometimes controversial ways.

Wing Threads, short documentary

Wing Threads

Zoologist turned microlight pilot, Amellia Formby, is on a mission to share her love for migratory shorebirds, whilst searching for solutions to the many threats they face.

Discover more programs and exhibitions

More programs to be announced soon.

Nights at the Museum is proudly funded by the NSW Government

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