Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Culture Up Late

From 11 January 2017, Sydney’s major arts and cultural venues will all be open late together every Wednesday night throughout summer.

From mummies at MAAS to landscapes at the Library, and everything in between, we’ve got your Wednesday nights covered this summer in Sydney.

Grab your family and friends, and immerse yourself in the country’s largest arts and cultural institutions – you can visit a different participating venue every week, or explore every inch of your favourites.

For more information on opening hours, events, exhibitions and performances, please visit the participating institutions’ websites:

Art Gallery of NSW

Enjoy imaginative tales as part of Celebrity talks, where writers read a piece of their own fiction inspired by artworks in Nude: art from the Tate collection, get swept away by the magical vocal art of Mr Percival (live music!), or take a guided tour and get acquainted with contemporary art highlights at the Gallery.
>> More information about what’s on at the Art Gallery

Australian Museum

Experience the Australian Museum with 2-for-1 entry on Wednesday nights this summer, and get up close and personal with the Spiders – Alive & Deadly exhibition, take part in snail racing in the Creepy Creature Zoo, relax at the Atrium pop-up bar, or immerse yourself in Lynette Wallworth’s Collisions, the first Virtual Reality production to tell an Indigenous Australian story.
>> More information about what’s on at the Australian Museum


Sydney Festival comes to Carriageworks in January with a series of World Premieres and Australian Exclusives. Late night highlights include: Biographica, a new contemporary opera from Sydney Chamber Opera; Champions, an adrenaline-fuelled choreographic match where contemporary dance and soccer collide; and Inheritor Album, an urban-infused dance work set against a backdrop of animations.
>> More information about what’s on at Carriageworks

Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences

Powerhouse Museum

Unlock hidden secrets and uncover unique insight into the lives of mummies in Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, with six mummies from the British Museum collection on display alongside their 3D CT scan visualisations at the world premiere exhibition at the Powerhouse.

Sydney Observatory

The Southern Sky is waiting for you to discover at Sydney Observatory. Look through telescopes for free with the Observatory’s astronomers on their lawns or enjoy a 90 minute family friendly twilight tour taking place at 6:15pm or a two hour night tour commencing at 8:15pm each Wednesday night. Explore the historic grounds, enjoy dinner from local food trucks and enjoy the views across the harbour and the Bridge. Tours must be booked in advance, and all other activities are free to participate.
>> More information about what’s on at MAAS

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Museum of Contemporary Art: Immerse yourself in the Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect With Everything exhibition, join mystery tours of the MCA Collection, get your creative juices flowing with Japanese-inspired workshops and enjoy the sounds of talented performers over dinner and drinks from the prime vantage point of the MCA Sculpture Terrace,
Experience the creativity and passion of some of Australia’s leading landscape designers through a series of specially commissioned photographs of innovative private and public gardens in NSW, at the Grand Garden Designs exhibition.

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