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Melbourne Museum’s, Nocturnal Is The Grown Up Excursion You Always Dreamed Of

May 15, 2018

Take a trip to the museum, add the mood and lighting of your favourite live band venue, drop in a nail bar and some string lights, and you’ve almost got a picture of the May Nocturnal event at The Melbourne Museum.

Don’t be too sad if you missed it, this unique and charming event is run monthly!

This 18+ affair held on the first Friday of each month was everything it promised to be; a night out to listen to both established and emerging artists while drinking your favourite beverages and schmoozing amongst the State’s Collection.

On seeing the string lights, bar tables and mood-setting lighting on entry, the Melbourne Museum foyer is almost unrecognisable. The live music helped create the ambiance and the relaxed feel of the event. It would have been rude not to head straight for the bar and get a drink to help relax into the evening and enjoy the tunes and beats from live bands and DJs alike (there’s even a disco ball to help get you in the weekend zone).

This month’s musical line up featured live music sets from Totally Mild, Jess Ribeiro, RVG and Jade Imagine whilst keeping the punters bopping in between sets with tunes from DJs. A nearby merch stand selling t-shirts and tote bags helped support the featured bands from the evening and share the love alike for emerging bands.

There’s something completely thrilling and mysterious about visiting the museum at night. It was a joy to tour the displays only to catch a glimpse outside a window and remember it’s evening time – a far cry from the school excursion experiences most people associate with the Melbourne Museum.

Image Credit: Melissa Cowan

For a small extra fee, Nocturnal ticket holders could view the current Vikings: Beyond the Legend Exhibit. Learning about this fascinating and misunderstood culture while the deep bass from upstairs was pulsing through the air was a truly unique and enjoyable experience.

The nail bar was open until 9pm so guests could treat themselves with a quick coat of polish to help kick off the weekend before exploring a little further. All exhibits throughout the Museum were open, from the Top Designs showcasing VET and VCE students to the You Can’t Do That fashion exhibit. Revellers could engage with Museum experts who were wandering around the event throughout the evening. While adventuring, visitors were bound to stumble across the many other demonstrations, showcases, and interactive experiences.

Although the event is for over 18’s, Nocturnal appeals to a broad demographic, and people of all ages seemed to be enjoying the evening in the radically transformed museum space. Whether it’s for a unique date spot or to view an exhibit you’ve been meaning to get to, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the next Nocturnal.

First Friday of the month,
7pm to midnight

Melbourne Museum,
11 Nicholson Street, Carlton

Tickets -
Nocturnal – Early Bird $25 / On the Door $35
Nocturnal + Vikings – Early Bird $39 / On the Door $49
Discounts for concessions apply

Click here for more info


Feature Image Credit: Melissa Cowan 

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