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
Go behind the scenes of ARTEXPRESS 2017 with exhibition talks, delve deep into the archives of Andy Warhol, Max Dupain and Frank Hinder, be swept away by the talent of local young musicians as they perform live, take a guided tour of the Gallery’s collection or simply sit back and enjoy a free film screening in the latest series celebrating Asian cinema.
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.
Get your Culture Up Late at Carriageworks with a free program of close arts experiences, including an exclusive screening of The Rehearsal, Alison Maclean’s vibrant screen adaptation of the debut novel by The Man Booker Prize winner, Eleanor Catton.
Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
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. If you’re yet to check out the first exhibition to explore the work of internationally acclaimed Australian fashion designer, Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced (exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney), get in quick before it closes on 29 January.
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 and enjoy the views across the harbour and the Bridge. Tours must be booked in advance, and all other activities are free to participate.
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.
State Library of NSW
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.
Sydney Opera House
BARBU brings a bellyful of cheeky humour and brazen eccentricity. It’s a circus of exceptionally strong men and women, delivering edge-of-your-seat entertainment set to a rollicking electro-trad soundtrack from a frenetic live band.