Night Lab returns to the South Australian Museum

The sold-out, award-winning Night Lab returns for one-night only at the SA Museum, this time with a nautical theme. This is an 18+ event.

After the success of their sold out Adelaide Fringe Night Lab event, the South Australian Museum dives into another adults-only night of frivolity and discovery!

The South Australian Museum is pleased to announce the return of its award-winning late-night program, Night Lab. The next iteration, The Night Aquatic, on Friday 14 May will feature all things nautical with a particular focus on Pacific Islands cultures through storytelling, hands-on activities and musical and dance performances in partnership with the Pacific Islands Council of South Australia.

South Australian Museum Head of Public Engagement, Justine van Mourik, says, “We are thrilled to be able to bring our adult audiences another night of action-packed fun as we explore the deep blue ocean with our scientists’ and to be able to offer them an opportunity to experience the richness of Pacific cultures.”

The event’s theme celebrates marine and aquatic science, history and cultures. Night Lab: The Night Aquatic invites attendees to grab their first mate, don their lifejacket and dive into an adults-only night of Museum-wide activation featuring exclusive performances, interactive activities, marine-themed floor talks, games, food and cocktails, and more.

Your captain for Night Lab: The Night Aquatic will be science communicator and performer, Michael Mills, who will regale guests with maritime tales of a bygone era as the Ship’s Doctor and perhaps perform a sea shanty or two. Guests will be able to attend Deep Dive Floor Talks in the Museum’s newest exhibition, Wonders from the South Australian Museum; hear from SAM Senior Collection Manager Dr. Andrea Crowther and Senior Research Scientist  Dr. Rachael King, as they discuss the surprising lives (and deaths) of marine invertebrates; and join Aboriginal Education Coordinator, Mirning woman Eva Wilson as she discusses aspects of aquatic life in Kaurna culture within the setting of the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery and much much more.

Discover a night of fun and intrigue on the high seas set to the wavy tunes of DJ Ruby Chew and purchase food and drink from the Museum café together with an offering of bespoke cocktails by our talented mixologists. Prizes will be on offer for the most swashbuckling and tentacular costume efforts and dressing up is definitely encouraged.

Ms van Mourik attributes the success of the previous Night Lab events to the intrigue of being in the Museum after hours and sans minnows.

“The Museum is historically a place that families come to learn. We often hear people say that they haven’t visited since they were a child, so we wanted to remind people that the Museum isn’t only for children. We want to show adults that the Museum is just as fun when you are a grown up, especially with a cocktail in hand and no kids in tow,” Ms van Mourik says.

“The Night Aquatic will offer intrigue and enchantment as we sail the oceans blue, visit tropical islands, experience the richness of Pacific culture and explore the briny depths for one night only. What really takes place under the deep blue sea? Well, you’re about to find out.”

Night Lab: The Night Aquatic
Friday 14 May, 6-10pm
Where: at the South Australian Museum,  North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost: $38 General admission, $33 Museum Members. Tickets include a welcome drink, entry, and access to all activities.
Tickets: Tickets are available from the SA Museum website
Night Lab is an adults-only event for ages 18+.

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