After Dark at Justice & Police Museum

Join us every Friday in May and June for After Dark. Within the richly storied walls of the Justice & Police Museum, guest speakers, artists, performers and filmmakers will delve into the world of crime, social alienation and obscenity.

This lively and thought-provoking adults-only event series will explore Sydney’s criminal underbelly – from sly grog to the femme fatale, crime photography, social outsiders, censorship and freedom of expression. Grab a drink from the bar and settle in to enjoy talks, performances, interactive experiences and after-hours access to the museum and its fascinating exhibitions.

Event details

  • Sly Grog: Razor Gangs
    Friday 6 May, 5pm–8pm

    The sale of alcohol was highly regulated during World War I, creating opportunities for Sydney’s gangsters to make a fortune selling ‘sly grog’.

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  • Witches, Criminals & the Femme Fatale
    Friday 13 May, 5pm–8pm

    Spend Black Friday exploring the story of Rosaleen Norton, an artist, bohemian and occultist with an interest in ‘sex magic’.

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  • Crime on Film: Forensic & Police Photography
    Friday 20 May, 5pm–8pm (SOLD OUT)

    Delve into the world of forensic photography, mugshots and original glass-plate negatives.

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  • (Un)Censored: Sex & Obscenity
    Friday 27 May, 5pm–8pm

    Spend the evening exploring the concept of obscenity and censorship in popular culture and the arts with our expert panel.

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  • Outsiders
    Friday 3 June, 5pm–8pm

    Join author Dr Rachel Franks to discuss the ultimate outsider, the public hangman Robert ‘Nosey Bob’ Howard.

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  • Bordellos & Bruisers
    Friday 10 June, 5pm–8pm (SOLD OUT)

    Join historian and raconteur Max Burns-McRuvie as he delves into the dimly-lit underworld of Tilly Divine.

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  • The Femme Fatale
    Friday 17 June, 5pm–8pm (SOLD OUT)

    The female criminal is sometimes presented in the alluring guise of the ‘femme fatale’ – sexy, sinful and dangerous to know. 

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  • Drag
    Friday 24 June, 5pm–8pm

    On the 44th anniversary of Sydney’s first ever Mardi Gras, held in 1978, join us as we celebrate some of Sydney’s fascinating drag history.

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Booking essential

General: $30

Member: from $5 (includes a free drink)

Ticket includes museum entry.

18+. This is a licenced event.


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