Night Owls: An autism and sensory-friendly night out for adults [Sydney]
Night Owls: An autism and sensory-friendly night out for adults [Sydney]

Event Information


Friday April 5, 2024
6:00 PM


Australian Museum, Lower Ground
College Street and William Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

Auslan Interpreter/s

A-Jay Stuart & Yasmin Dandachi

Language/ Cultural Consultant


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Night Owls: An autism and sensory-friendly night out for adults

Dress up and visit the Australian Museum after hours in a controlled sensory, relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

Ages: 16+

Auslan interpretation will be provided for selected activities.

Night Owls provides an exclusive, fun night out for those who prefer to visit the Museum in a controlled sensory, relaxed and supportive environment. With a curated program designed for an adult audience, Night Owls helps to make visiting the Museum easier for autistic people and for those who have other access requirements.

For our second instalment of Night Owls, there will be a wide range of fun activities and experiences for visitors. Test your skills with arcade tabletop games, express yourself with face painting and meet the Museum’s resident Muttaburrasaurus, Winny. Museum favourite and dinosaur devotee Mark Radburn will be here to answer all your questions about Dinosaurs (…or Love on the Spectrum).

Science communications celebrity Lee Constable will join forces with Autism Spectrum Australia’s (ASPECT) Thomas Kuzma for “Ask an Expert”. Audience members will have a chance to write, speak or sign their questions to Macquarie University bioarchaeologists Professor Ronika Power and Hannah Vogel, as well as the Australian Museum’s very own Dr Stan Florek.

The Museum will come alive with music from members of the neurodiverse musician collective Club Weld. Tune into the incredible talents of pianist Jonathan Yung in Hintze Hall. In the Theatre, DJ Adoni will be playing along to mind bending videos from the microscopic world of Canadian microbiologist Tardibabe. Those looking to get their groove on, can let loose in Wild Planet with a Silent Disco. For those seeking a more interactive experience, join Silent Dance with internationally renowned Tongan performer Sisi’uno Helu and learn some traditional moves to contemporary bangers.

Expand your Gamilaraay vocabulary with First Nations card game Winambuu. Join a weaving circle with Noongar weaver Jodi Dowd. Explore the fabulous world of phasmids with our stick insect enthusiast Naomi and learn to write your name in hieroglyphs or build your own beetle with our Burra team.

You will be able to buy tickets to see our newest exhibition, Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs. To purchase tickets to see Ramses, you must select the 2024 Night Owls + Ramses ticket option during registration. The exhibition will be adjusted with 50% less capacity and the volume and lights will be turned down. You may purchase tickets at the Admissions Desk on the night unless sessions are sold out prior. Entry to the exhibition is timed and capacities are limited, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

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