Festival Program


Muse in the Museum: Samer Nashef

Sat 7 Sep, 1pm
Melbourne Museum

Explore the connections between our real beating hearts and the rest of our bodies as writer and heart surgeon Samer Nashef takes you on a personal discovery tour examining the inner workings of Melbourne Museum’s Gut Feelings exhibition.

Ticket price includes entry to Melbourne Museum.

Museum as Muse series supported by Museums Victoria


1 hour


Session Artists

Samer Nashef is a heart surgeon in Cambridge, England and is the author of The Angina Monologues, a book of real life stories in heart surgery, and The Naked Surgeon, which deals with risk in health care, a field in which he is a leading authority. He also compiles cryptic crosswords for national newspapers.

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