Enlighten - venues

Take a peek inside our favourite cultural institutions after dark this Enlighten.

Don’t miss the flashing fairy floss or the Best Of the Excited Particles at Questacon, lantern house making and gallery tours of Iconic Houses at the National Archives of Australia, late night openings and a chance to be part of a unique installation at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

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Museum of Australian Democracy

Housed in one of Australia’s most-loved buildings. The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House brings the journey of Australian democracy to life — presenting its past, present and possible futures. Visitors can enjoy a range of innovative exhibitions, tours and public programs that challenge and inspire. The Museum of Australian Democracy will open its doors at after hours from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm on the 3, 4, 10 & 11 March 2017. There will be a tasty treats available from pop up food carts from 6:00 pm on these evenings.

National Library of Australia

The Library holds the world’s greatest collection of material relating to Australia and the Australian people. It ranges from the earliest European works about the Great Southern Land to the most current publications. The collection includes all formats of material, from books and magazines to pictures, photographs, maps, sheet music, oral history recordings, manuscript papers, ephemera and much, much more.



Get ready to ignite the imagination on a visit to Questacon! Questacon strives to promote greater understanding and awareness of science and technology within the community, while maintaining a commitment to making that experience fun, interactive, and relevant.

 Canberra Glassworks

Join us in a series of special late night openings, to celebrate all things glass. While you are here watch Australia’s leading glass artists in action, browse the shop or have a special ‘behind the scenes tour’ of the historical Kingston Powerhouse.

Australian National Botanic Gardens

National Archives of Australia

See the Archives in a whole new light. The National Archives of Australia can best be described as the memory of our nation – collecting and preserving Australian Government records that reflect our history and identity. The Archives’ collection traces events and decisions that have shaped the nation and the lives of Australians.

Australian National Botanic Gardens

The Australian National Botanic Gardens maintains a scientific collection of native plants from all parts of Australia. The plants are displayed to the enjoyment and education of visitors and are used for research into plant classification and biology. A herbarium of preserved plant specimens is closely associated with the living collection.

Australian Parliament House

National Zoo & Aquarium

The National Zoo & Aquarium is Australia’s only combined Zoo and Aquarium. That’s two attractions in one! The National Zoo & Aquarium is situated on seven-hectares of land just five minutes from the centre of Canberra. With a wide variety of both native and exotic animals, as well as the largest inland saltwater tank in Australia, there is something for everyone. Wander in and have a casual stroll around the park, or make a day of it with family, friends and make use of our picnic areas and complimentary BBQ facilities.

Australian Parliament House

The home of Australia’s Parliament and the meeting place of the nation, Parliament House is lovated on a 32-hectare site on Capital Hill and is the focal point of Canberra. Opened in 1988 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the building was designed by Romaldo Giurgola of Mitchell/Giurgola and Thorp architects and was constructed almost entirely of Australian materials. The unique blend of impressive architecture, a stunning art collection and beautiful landscape makes Parliament House one of Australia’s most significant and popular cultural attractions.

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National Gallery of Australia

The National Gallery of Australia is the home of Australia’s national art collection. Collections include more than 100,000 works of art across the areas of Australian art, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Asian art and International art. All the works belong to the people of Australia and are preserved for your enjoyment and education.

Enlighten Main Stage

As the sun sets the air will be filled with deliciously intellectual lyrics, inspiring rhythms and tantalising beats. Presenting an eclectic program of jazz, rhythm and blues, indie, folk and gypsy, some of the finest musical talents will take to the stage during Enlighten 2017.

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery aims to increase the understanding of the Australian people – their identity, history, creativity and culture – through portraiture. The National Portrait Gallery is home to the nation’s portrait collection, displaying some 400 portraits of people who have shaped Australia and who continue to shape our nation.

National Arboretum Canberra

The National Arboretum Canberra features 84 forest of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from around Australia and the world. The Village Centre is the first point of arrival for many visitors at the Arboretum, offering an elegant and memorable welcome.