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Art is at the heart of a night out in Sydney, with nine cultural organisations opening their doors after dark in 2023 thanks to a new series of Culture Up Late. 

Culture Up Late

Culture Up Late supports museums and galleries to open regularly to 9:00pm, and includes access to world-class exhibitions, live music and DJ sets, film screenings, workshops and talks, complemented with pop-up bars and dining.  

Running from March to September 2023, Culture Up Late is funded through the CBDs Revitalisation Program and delivered by the Office of the 24-Hour Economy Commissioner and Create NSW. Share your stories #CultureUpLate #CUL2023.

Learn more about what the following organisations are doing for Culture Up Late:

Art Gallery of NSW

Every Wednesday, experience inspired events and exhibitions across the Art Gallery campus, including The End of Imagination by Adrián Villa Rojas, The National 4 and NAIDOC Week.

Australian Museum

The Australian Museum's FREE after-hours culture fix is back, giving you the chance to explore their incredible galleries and exhibitions until 9pm every Wednesday night.


Artist led nights, including live performance, music, local food and behind-the-scenes access.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

On Friday nights, visit exhibitions after-dark, experience evolving programs of live performances, artist talks or workshops, and enjoy food and drink overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour.

Museums of History NSW

Join us after dark for talks, tours, live music, sensory experiences, First Nations discussions, rum tasting and more in our unique historic places and museums.

National Art School

Immerse yourself in multi art form performances, discover the artists of tomorrow and view, interact and make art at NAS NEO. Free program every month.


With unique collaborators each Thursday night, Powerhouse Ultimo comes to life with exhibitions, talks, workshops, performance and music focusing on the creative industries.

State Library of NSW

Experience the State Library after dark with engaging performances, workshops, conversations and debates, plus special events at the new rooftop Library Bar. 

Sydney Opera House

Join Sydney’s iconic Opera House for 50th anniversary after-dark celebrations including live outdoor performances and feature events with the Museum of Sydney and MCA.

Main photo: Courtesy of Destination NSW; Art Gallery of NSW photo: Joshua Morris; Australian Museum photo: Anna Kucera; Carriageworks photo: Jacquie Manning; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia photo: Lexi Laphor; Museums of History NSW photo: James Horan; Powerhouse photo: Nikhil Ninan; State Library of NSW photo: Anna Kucera; Sydney Opera House photo: Cassandra Hannagan