Culture Up Late: Another View


Feb 28, 2018
05:00 PM until 09:00 PM


A provocation for the curious, Culture Up Late turns the museum inside out. With VR experiences, short and sweet tours, hands-on workshops, live music and performances, enjoy a mid-week diversion with a bit of a difference. It’s also the perfect opportunity to enjoy the latest exhibitions, during its quieter moments.


During this very special evening presented as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, LGBTQI artists explore new museum perspectives through performance, tours and happenings.


The event will include:


Live Music: Lady Sings It Better

Fiona Pearson and Libby Wood have spent 7 years touring the country (and the world) with their particular brand of dry-witted, fiercely feminist cabaret. The two have been described as "comic cabaret gold" (The Scotsman), "proud and unapologetic, beautiful and powerful" (Time Out) and "blisteringly entertaining" (Daily Review).

Performances begin at 6:45pm and 8pm


Live Art with Sam Leighton-Dore

Illustrator (and award-winning filmmaker and writer) Sam Leighton-Dore paints visitors (including you!) live in the Australian Museum. Come by to see Sam in action, and be integrated into his cheeky artwork.


Spot Tour: Wild Queer Sexy Planet

Learn something new on this “Mating in the Wild” tour of Wild Planet, every half-hour. Experience personal favourites and queer hidden stories in these short, irreverent tours.


Tall Tales and True

Have the last word as two “experts” give you differing interpretations of objects from the Australian Museum collection. Credible? Doubtful? Outrageous? You decide. Created for the Australian Museum by Museophilliac. 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm. Portable hearing loop available on request.


ANSTO Science Round-Up

Get up to speed with the latest science news, discoveries and breakthroughs with specialists from the Museum and the Australian Nuclear and Science Technology Organisation in this lively review, then drill deeper into the evening’s topic du jour with our guest expert. From 6.15 to 7pm


Conservatorium Compositions

Short, original musical compositions by Sydney Conservatorium of Music students, inspired by the Australian Museum’s exhibitions. Featuring:

  • Alexis Weaver: 5:40pm, 6:40pm, 7:40pm, 8:40pm
  • Josh Winestock: 5:20pm, 7:20pm
  • Henry Hulme: 6:20pm, 8:20pm
  • Nicholas Theodorou: 5:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm


Weaving and Yarning with Aunty Karleen Green

Have a yarn while making your own creations using traditional Aboriginal weaving techniques.


Virtual Reality: Chasing Coral

Coral bleaching is one of the most visible effects of climate change. See the changes to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with your own eyes in this VR experience: immerse yourself in the underwater seascape of the Great Barrier Reef before it disappears.


Touch Tables

Australian Museum’s knowledgeable volunteers open our collections to you in these intimate, personal and tactile interactions. Touch as much as you want, ask all the questions you can think of, learn something new!


3D Science and Technology

Get up close and personal with the scientists at the forefront of 3D scanning and printing technologies and how they are used by Museums for research, conservation and education.


Magnificent Minerals with Mel Murray

How long does it take to form a diamond? Why are rubies red? What habits to crystals have and can they be broken? Discover the pedigree of perfection with Earth scientist Melissa Murray as she delves into the mysteries of magnificent minerals from one of the top 10 minerals collections in the world.


Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age

Tickets include free access to the entire museum, including temporary exhibition Mammoths - Giant of the Ice Age.


Adults $20, Concession $18, AM Members $16


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1 William Street
Sydney, Australia

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