This Sydney Museum Is Transforming Its Waterfront Into A Bar For Summer

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We’re willing to bet that shipwrecks, submarines and historic exhibitions spring to mind when you think about the Australian National Maritime Museum—that is until now. The iconic Darling Harbour museum has announced that they’re turning their stunning waterfront location into a bar for summer, and we’re all kinds of excited.

Dubbing it ‘Summer Lates’, the Australian National Maritime Museum is keeping its doors open late on Friday and Saturday nights throughout January and transforming its picturesque waterfront into a brand-new Sydney hotspot to enjoy whilst the weather stays warm. Throughout January, entry to the Museum and its waterside bar will be free for Summer Lates.

And we’re not just talking a handful of tables and a half-hearted wine list. Oh no, the Summer Lates line-up boasts a live DJ, stunning sunsets, fresh food by the plateful and flowing drinks. The Museum will welcome Surry Hills salad favourite, Fishbowl, into the mix as the team prepare to set up shop at the waterfront on Friday and Saturday nights in January only.

The Australian National Maritime Museum’s Chief Revenue Officer, Jimmy Busteed, said the move to keep the Museum open late was an obvious one; allowing visitors to soak up the summer sun at a waterside location that’s usually off-limits at night. 

 “We are delighted to offer a whole new range of unique sights to see and experiences to try at the Museum this January.

 “Whether it’s exploring the incredible art installations from local and international artists or trying a fresh sashimi salad from our friends at Fishbowl, we hope that these summer sessions are the first of many at the Australian National Maritime Museum,” said Mr Busteed.

Amen to that, Mr Busteed! We’ll be dropping by and checking the bar out after we’ve given the ‘On Sharks & Humanity’ exhibit a good once over. This powerful exhibition showcases the importance of shark preservation, and how the overall health of the world’s oceans is rapidly declining; it’s an indoor-outdoor exhibition is the perfect precursor to an evening at the bar, we’re sure you’ll agree!

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