Nocturnal X Midsumma
Image by Cesur Sanli
Nocturnal bounds back this summer with a special evening event in partnership with Midsumma
Headlined by Melbourne’s own ARIA Award winning, neo soul singer, Kaiit, you can expect it to be a night at the museum like no other.
Soak up exclusive after-hours access, experiencing the museum with live music, pop-up bars, museum tours, curator talks, and the chance to explore the Museum's latest exhibitions.
PERFORMANCE | MAIN FOYER | 8–8.40pm and 10–10.40pm
Kaiit is creating waves in the Australian music scene with her shimmery feel-good vibes and nostalgic production. She has sold out national tours, supported international heavyweights, including SZA and The Internet, and even picked up Best Soul/R&B Release at the 2019 ARIA Awards for the sun-speckled bop "Miss Shiney".
The contrast between Kaiit's old soul voice and fierce, contemporary rhymes set her apart, painting a vibrant picture of gratitude and community, amidst honest and relatable storytelling relevant to her generation.
DJ Set | MAIN FOYER | 7–8pm and 8.40-10pm
Kitty kicked off her glittering career after winning an annual talent quest at The Albury Hotel in 1997. Since then, Kitty’s career has catapulted into the international circuit. With her uplifting energy and music, it’s no wonder she has fans all over the world itching for more glitter on the dance floor.
For the Young at Heart
Summer of Play
NOON–11PM | ACTIVATION | MELBOURNE MUSEUM PLAZA
Melbourne Museum celebrates summer with an illuminated Plaza playscape. Drop past for a ride on the I Believe Swings or play a game of ping pong or handball.
Take the Time to Create Something Special
BADGE STATION | MELBOURNE STORY GALLERY | 7–10pm
Be inspired by Museums Victoria's politics and protest badge collection or take a deep dive into Museums Victoria's queer collections online - create your own button badge to share and wear!
FRIENDSHIP FLAGS | SCIENCE AND LIFE GALLERY, GROUND LEVEL | 7-10PM
Create your own friendship bracelet to celebrate the many flags used by LGBTQIA+ communities and their allies. Midsumma and Melbourne Museum have used many flags to celebrate since 1988. We support and love them all!
Explore the Museum
COLLECTION CONVERSATIONS | MELBOURNE STORY GALLERY | 7-8PM
Michael Reason, Curator Leisure and Social Spaces, discusses his favorite objects in the History and Technology Collection and the queer stories they hold.
QUEER STORIES: IN THEIR OWN WORDS | MELBOURNE STORY GALLERY | 7-11PM
Settle in and watch highlights of queer Victorians telling their stories in their own words in the Melbourne Story Gallery.
Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs
EXHIBITION | SCIENCE AND LIFE GALLERY, GROUND LEVEL | 7–11PM
Get lost in the landscapes of a lost world, get to know the creatures of the Cretaceous and come face to face with one of the most awe-inspiring creatures ever to walk the Earth, in an immersive voyage of Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs.
LEARNING LAB, GROUND LEVEL | 7–11PM
Come on a journey which celebrates the life of Victoria’s river environments. This immersive projection experience made in collaboration with First Peoples community members explores their close connections to the land, animals, plants and rivers of Victoria.
Queers In Science Talks
SCIENCE AND LIFE GALLERY | 7-8PM
QueersInScience fosters and champions an inclusive environment for LGBTQIA+ people in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) in Australia, and we are driven by 5 cornerstones: Visibility, Advocacy, Community, Education, and Intersectionality.
- Matt Coleman: Matt is a PhD student at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. His research investigates the genetic causes of epilepsy and brain malformations in children.
- Mohammad Taha: Dr Mohammad Taha is a researcher at the Melbourne School of Engineering and a non-binary queer person of colour who was recognised as one of the top innovative engineers in Australia for their work in novel phase-changing materials and their role in smart-surfaces and the future of climate control.
- Elyas Arvell: Elyas is a non-binary graduate researcher at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and the Events Co-Lead of the Victorian Chapter of Queers In Science. Their PhD research examines how proteins work together to allow neurons to communicate in the brain.
And explore more in all our permanent exhibitions!