Culture up late at Justice & Police Museum

Culture Up Late

In light of further COVID restrictions announced today by the NSW Government, Sydney Living Museums is cancelling the Culture Up Late event at Justice & Police Museum, scheduled for Thursday 24 June and Friday 25 June 2021. If you require a ticket refund for the booked performance on Thu 24 Jun, you can contact our Bookings team on 02 8239 2211 or email

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 18 June - online ticket allocation exhausted

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 - CANCELLED

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. 

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.

Image of a person dressed like Marlene Dietrich

Stage Fright cabaret show by Jude Bowler.

Friday 25 June - CANCELLED

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. 

Photo of drag icon Minnie Cooper

Minnie Cooper. Photo © John Mcrae.

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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