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Museum as Muse at Melbourne Writers Festival

In 2019, Melbourne Writers Festival has teamed up with Museums Victoria to co-present a selection of sessions across all three museum venues: Melbourne Museum, the Immigration Museum and Scienceworks. Take a tour through the Gut Feelings exhibition with real life medical practitioners; immerse yourself in storytelling, performance and an exhibition at Salon X; take the family along to a scientific wonderland of stories; or dance the night away at a very special Nocturnal x Blak & Bright X MWF event.


Muse in the Museum
Saturday 31 August & Saturday 7 September, 1pm
Explore the connections between bodies, minds and microbes as two authors and medical practitioners share their own reflection on the fascinating collection of items in Melbourne Museum’s exhibition, Gut Feelings. Doctor and winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction Melanie Cheng will host the first intimate tour, while heart surgeon and author Samer Nashef will share his own personal connection.


The Story Experiment
Sunday 1 September, 10am
Reach for the sky through story telling about the natural world. From tales of love at the micro-realm to stories set in the stars, Museums Victoria bring science to life through a wonderland of tales and adventures. There will be a panel discussion available for those that want to dive a little deeper.



Salon X

Thursday 5 September, 5pm
An intimate evening of embodied storytelling and performances from artists including Lay the MysticRyuichi Fujimura and Aniva collective on themes of self-love, body positivity and intersectionality, alongside museum exhibitions that explore tattoo, community and identity from Samoa, Japan and locally.


Hello Possums Story Time
Sunday 1 September, 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm
From hungry caterpillars to thirsty frogs and everything in between, join us as we explore stories and museum collection items that bring the pages to life. Free with Melbourne Museum entry. Recommended for ages 2+.


Nocturnal: Black & Bright x MWF
Friday 6 September, 7pm
Blak & Bright Festival and MWF team up with Melbourne Museum to present a special Nocturnal event. You’re invited to get loose amongst the exhibits while celebrating fresh First Nations beats and bards. Featuring a full set from hip hop hard-hitter Birdz, interdisciplinary artist DRMNGNOW, and electro-tribal pop duo The Merindas. Dance floor mesmerist Soju Gang and DJ KYAANZ spin tunes throughout the night to keep the party going.