If your memories of museums date back to school years, Melbourne Museum will lure you in to pay a long-due visit with its Nocturnal series – adults-only after-hours events, boasting live music performances, DJs, pop-up bars, curator talks, and admission to its current exhibitions. Implementing a smart strategy to appeal to all the big kids out there, Melbourne Museum put on an impressive line-up for 2018’s first Nocturnal.
Strolling across the ever-delightful Carlton Gardens, walking by the grandeur Royal Exhibition Building and vigilantly passing through rowdy skateboarders, nighttime visitors are welcomed with un-museumly vibes – dimmed lights, deep house tracks, multiple bars serving delicious cocktails and snacks.
We started our night by visiting the museum’s brand-new exhibition Inside Out. Accompanied by a human-like playful audio guide throughout the tour, the collection takes the visitors on an immersive journey of Victoria’s recent and distant history via a few hundred museum objects that had been held behind closed doors for decades.
Upstairs, the party was getting started with a carefully curated lineup. As we were making our way to the stage located near the Dinosaur Walk with our orange bitter bubbly Chandon S cocktails in hand, the Melbourne duo LOSSLESS was in duty. Brainchild of Melbourne’s hip-hop scene HTML Flowers and Oscar Key Sung, they have an endless energy and a magnificent stage presence. Following this impressive performance, we were in the hands of Billy Davis & The Good Lords. Keyboardist and composer Billy Davis and his band busts a mixture of tunes of hip hop and RnB peppered with contemporary jazz and funk. What a privilege to dance to great tunes at a museum close to midnight hours.
Nocturnal at the Melbourne Museum certainly offers a one-of-a-kind and one of the most special experiences that our amazing city offers. Book your tickets to the next one in line and make a night of it. Nurture your curiosity, quench your thirst and hear something new. Welcome to the adult way of museum-going.
Busra crossed the oceans and made a comeback to her beloved city to let herself loose in Melbourne’s refined arts scene.