Culture up late at Justice & Police Museum

Culture Up Late

Explore the Justice & Police Museum every Thursday and Friday evening until the end of June. 

As part of the NSW Government initiative Culture Up Late, the Justice & Police Museum will open its doors from 5pm-8pm every Thursday and Friday evening until 25 June, with FREE entry.

With its 1890s holding cells, offices, charge room and courts, the Justice & Police Museum draws you into a world of crime, punishment and policing, from bushrangers, sly grog and razor gangs to forensics. 

Compelling exhibitions, including a vast archive of crime scene photography and mug shots, reveal more than a century of underworld Sydney. Crooks and cops, thugs and judges, locals and drifters – the guilty and the innocent have all left their stories there.

Hear chilling stories of some of Sydney’s most infamous criminals from bushranger Andrew George Scott, alias Captain Moonlite, to Henry Louis Bertrand aka ‘the mad dentist of Wynyard Square’ at our Murder in the Museum talk (adults only). Plus enjoy music, food and drink at our pop-up speakeasy piano bar. 

Please keep reading below for further details on the program for each night.

Culture Up Late is proudly supported by Create NSW.

Upcoming program

Friday 11 June - please note ticket allocation exhausted

Hear a talk at 6pm and 7pm by our Curator of Digital Assets Holly Shulte who will share unseen portraits from our collection, and see award-winning photographer Adrian Cook showcase the wet plate collodian process, a photographic medium developed in the early 1850s. Each image is hand crafted, producing an original direct-positive image on a sheet of glass or aluminium plate. The resulting images are unique and portray a timeless beauty and character not seen in today's digital world. 

Plus performing in our speakeasy piano bar will be Tim and the Heartstrings, fusing pop, classical and fashion to put on an electric performance for audiences. 

Thursday 17 June 

Hear chilling stories of some of Sydney’s most infamous criminals at our Murder in the Museum talk (adults only) at 6pm and 7pm, and enjoy a live performance by jazz collective End Notes in our speakeasy piano bar.

Friday 18 June

Consummate entertainer Monica Trapaga headlines the program accompanied by jazz ensemble The Pocket Trio, a venture that will evoke feel good jazz with tight arrangements and groovy pockets. Monica and The Pocket Trio will perform from 6.15 to 7pm and 7.15pm to 8pm. Seating capacity is strictly limited to 60 persons on a first arrive, first seated basis. 

Thursday 24 June

The evening will feature a special ticketed performance of Stage Fright, an enticing and touchingly twisted, droll homage to Marlene Dietrich by character comedienne Jude Bowler. Please note this performance is not suitable for under 16 years. Tickets to this two-act cabaret style show are $30 per person and must be purchased separately. Buy tickets here

Plus hear chilling stories of some of Sydney’s most infamous criminals at our Murder in the Museum talk (adults only) at 6pm and 7pm, and enjoy a drink in our speakeasy piano bar.

Friday 25 June 

Our final night of Culture Up Late will feature life drawing, a talk by curator Nerida Campbell and a special performance by entertainer and drag icon Minnie Cooper. Minnie Cooper's show Step Back in Time will take you through the decades, from the 1920’s to the 60’s with a slight twist and humour. 


A man and woman looking at a display.

Please note: In line with the latest public health advice, Sydney Living Museums advises that wearing masks is no longer mandatory for visitors to our museums and historic houses, however is recommended. Please also read our Covid-19 Conditions of Entry

Every Thursday and Friday evening from 22 April until end June

Justice & Police Museum

Corner Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000
+612 02 9252 1144

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