Sydney’s summer of culture to stay up late

Immerse yourself in the country’s largest arts and cultural institutions for your mid-week culture-fix this summer

Sydney’s major arts and cultural institutions launch Culture Up Late this Wednesday night when they turn on the lights and welcome Sydneysiders to top exhibitions and art events.

The Art Gallery of NSW, State Library of NSWAustralian Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney Opera House and Carriageworks will all be opening their doors for the regular weekly summer night event.

Every Wednesday through January and February you’ll be able to head to these venues after work for access to exhibitions and a range of special programs and offers.

Culture Up Late offers an alternative time for Sydneysiders and visitors to appreciate the fantastic offerings of Sydney arts and cultural institutions and on each Wednesday summer night be a part of this city’s many attractions.

The NSW Government’s Arts and Culture Advisory Committee initiative will offer a new time to appreciate the fantastic offering of Sydney arts and cultural institutions.

Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said Sydney by night and day was the place to be as a unique arts and entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike.

“Whether its 400 spiders at the Australian Museum, ancient mummies or twilight tours of the Southern Sky at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, this summer offers a weekly opportunity to experience each of these novel exhibitions,” Mr Grant said.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is staging the installations of contemporary Japanese artist, Tatsuo Miyajima and Carriageworks and the Sydney Opera House showcasing the Sydney Festival.

Sydney’s major arts and cultural institutions will be opening their doors together every Wednesday night until the end of February, for the first time ever.

The Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, Carriageworks, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (Powerhouse Museum & the Sydney Observatory), Museum of Contemporary Art, State Library of NSW, and Sydney Opera House are all participating in Culture Up Late this summer, giving Sydneysiders and visitors more time to explore the exciting exhibitions and events on offer.

Immerse yourself in the country’s largest arts and cultural institutions for your mid-week culture-fix this summer – grab your family and friends and explore a different participating venue every Wednesday night (or keep heading back to your favourite!).

With so many arts and cultural institutions to discover, there’s something for everyone.


Art Gallery of NSW will continue its existing Wednesday-night late-night program, Art After Hours.

The MCA have shifted their weekly Lights on Later series from Thursdays to Wednesdays.

The Australian Museum will offer 2-for-1 entry on Wednesday nights, giving you access to their regular exhibits and current exhibitions, including Spiders: Alive and Deadly and the chance to experience Lynette Wallworth’s immersive virtual reality work Collisions.

The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo is offering for after-hours access to their current exhibition Egyptian Mummies, and to its sister venue Sydney Observatory for twilight tours and night-time star gazing.

Sydney Opera House is spruiking its summer late-night alt-cabaret offering, Club Swizzle, as well as its Western boardwalk pop-up Summer Playground.

State Library of NSW is currently only offering extended hours for their existing exhibitions – which include the Grand Garden Designs photographic exhibition and May Gibbs: Celebrating 100 Years.


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