Nocturnal: Hot & Bothered

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An immersive night celebrating queer culture and daring activism with after-hours exhibitions, talks, tours and surprises

Step into a world of Museum wonder at Nocturnal, an after-hours Melbourne Museum experience just for adults. Catch up with friends for late night exhibition access, talks and tours, Drag Bingo, music and more.

Collect your boarding pass and discover the human stories behind 200+ artefacts recovered from the legendary shipwreck in Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition, included as part of your Nocturnal ticket.

Start the weekend early, learn something new with friends, and enjoy food, drinks and music until late.

See the full program here: Nocturnal: Hot & Bothered - Melbourne Museum.

Make a night of it and book a screening of the Titanic at IMAX 3D

James Cameron's masterpiece is back on the giant screen and looking better than ever with an IMAX 3D High Frame rate remaster.

Session time: 8:30pm
Book tickets separately through IMAX: TITANIC 3D (1997): THE IMAX EXPERIENCE | IMAX Melbourne

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Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition
6pm – 9pm | Touring Hall, Lower Ground Level | Exhibition
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.

Rainbow Threads
6pm – 9pm | Melbourne Story, Upper Level | Exhibition
Explore the diversity of LGBTQIA+ styles and stories that live within Museums Victoria’s clothing and textile collections.

Unfinished Business
6pm – 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
6pm – 8pm | Bunjilaka, Ground Level | Exhibition
Through the voices and languages of our Koorie community, First Peoples tells the story of Aboriginal Victoria from the time of Creation to today.

Melbourne Story
6pm – 9pm | Melbourne Story, Upper Level | Exhibition
Melbourne Story is packed with 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
6pm – 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
6pm – 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, and see a world of insects, spiders, snails and other invertebrates in Bugs Alive!

Rainbow Threads Entwined
Expert Talk
Discover how LGBTQIA+ identities have influenced and revolutionised fashion styles and stories within Museums Victoria’s clothing and textile collection. Presented by Michael Reason, Museums Victoria Curator of History and Technology.

Sex Diversity in the Animal Kingdom
Expert Talk
Explore the wild and wonderful spectrum of sex diversity in the animal kingdom with Simon Hinkley, Museums Victoria Entomologist.

Fiery Frills and Bearded Beauties
Expert Talk
Museums Victoria Research Institute Gallery, Ground Level | Expert Talk
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon and explore the fiery frills, dazzling colours and captivating characteristics of Australia’s most iconic reptiles, from the Bearded Dragon to the Frilled-neck Lizard. Presented by Jane Melville, Museums Victoria Senior Curator, Terrestrial Vertebrates (Herpetology).

Titanic Tales
Exhibition Talk
Dive into the rumours and research surrounding the forgotten gay and lesbian passengers and crew of the Titanic with Matt Curran, Museums Victoria Visitor Engagement Officer.

Triceratops Tour
Embark on an insider's journey through Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs, unearthing gripping tales of discovery, smuggling, forgery and lost relics, illuminating the hidden mysteries of fossil acquisition. Presented by Dani Measday, Museums Victoria Conservator of Natural Sciences.

Auslan Tour
6:15pm & 7:45pm | Dinosaur Walk | Ground Floor | Tour
Explore the captivating world of dinosaurs and bugs with our knowledgeable guide Selwyn Hoffmann, Museums Victoria Outreach Presenter.

  • The 6:15pm tour is tailored for Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults and led by a Deaf Auslan user. This tour is Auslan only.
  • The 7:45pm tour will offer English interpretation for those interested in experiences Auslan.
  • Spaces are limited. Please book your place in the tour when purchasing your ticket and contact us at [email protected] if you would like to add a companion.

Tactile Tour
6pm to 9pm | Four Tours in One | Whole Museum | Tour
Facilitated by Melbourne Museum experts and Vitae Veritas, explore our collections and exhibitions with a tailored tour of Rainbow Threads, bearded reptiles, Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs, and Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition, all told through stories and touch.

This tour is tailored for adults who are blind or have low vision. Spaces are limited. Please book your place when purchasing your ticket and contact us at [email protected] if you would like to request a sighted guide and/or add a companion.

6pm – 9pm | Foyer, Ground Level | Music
JARV!S is a local queer DJ whose musical soundscape traverses many decades and genres, bringing a vibrant fusion of disco and house tracks from around the world to the dance floor.

Protest Badges
6pm – 9pm | Galleria, Upper Level | Make & Take
Make a statement and design your own protest and activism badge to wear loud and proud.

Friendship Flags
6pm – 9pm | Foyer, Ground Level | Make & Take
Create your own friendship bracelet to celebrate the many flags used by LGBTQIA+ communities and their allies.

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Auslan Interpreted
Tactile tour Tactile Tour
Wheelchair Access
Vision Rating less than 50%

Dates & Times

WHEN Thu 8 Feb 6pm
AUSLAN Thu 8 Feb 6pm
TACTILE Thu 8 Feb 6pm: Tactile/Touch Tour available
ACCESS For assistance with any access requirements you may have for this program, please contact the Melbourne Museum team on 13 11 03 or email [email protected] to discuss how they can support your Museum visit.


FULL $35.00
CONC $30.00
COMPANION FREE - please email [email protected] to arrange


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