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Seize the night! New season of Nature Nocturne kicks off Oct. 25

Ottawa, October 4, 2019 – Nature Nocturne—the popular, adult-only event at the Canadian Museum of Nature—kicks off its eighth season on October 25 with a moon and space-inspired soirée.                                                                                  

More than 100,000 adults have enjoyed the Nocturne experience since the program’s debut in 2013. Each event offers a different theme. Adults explore galleries, engage in fun and educational activities, socialize and flock to the three lively dance floors. Performers, artists, DJs—and even the chance to touch a live sea creature or unusual insect on occasion—round out the always dynamic event.

“The continued momentum of this program shows that adults are just as eager as ever for an after-hours museum experience that stimulates the mind in a fun, vibrant atmosphere” says Canadian Museum of Nature President and CEO Meg Beckel. “Season 8 promises new themes, new discoveries and new ways to immerse yourself.”

Photo booths are always a popular component of Nature Nocturne. This season will see an enhanced photo booth offering, as well as roaming polaroid artists and other surprises. The museum’s Salon will be transformed into a unique, immersive environment, creating the feeling of stepping into another world—or even into outer space!

The 2019-20 themes are:

  • October 25 – Moon Mission – show off your Moon Walk under a seven-metre-wide suspended moon!  Metallic and space-themed attire encouraged.
  • November 29 – Fire & Ice – an evening so cool, it’s hot!
  • January 31 – Bring the Flavour – pull out your 90s retro wear, get your attitude on and bring the flava! Be gutsy and check out the Museum’s special exhibition, Me & My Microbes: The Zoo Inside You.
  • March 27 – Bright Night – prepare yourself for some illuminating discoveries.
  • May 29 – Momentum – energy and music; the fun just keeps increasing!
  • June 30 – Wild and Free – slip on your red & white or plaid and celebrate all things Canadian.

The radio station JUMP! 106.9 FM returns as the exclusive media sponsor. Their DJs keep the dance floors in the Queens’ Lantern and the JUMP! Lounge in the rotunda rockin’. Beau’s is back as the official beer provider and will keep the Beau’s Lounge in the Stone Wall Gallery (level 0) hoppin’ with great music. Special activities such as a pub-style game, or creative program will make these areas more than just a dancefloor.

Back this year is La Mezz—an exclusive lounge area for groups seeking a private spot to enjoy the evening. Located on the second level of the rotunda, La Mezz offers bottle service, serving staff, and trays of appetizers available for purchase. The purchase of a bottle, Nocturne tickets and food item is required to reserve a booth for up to 8 people.  Advanced reservations are recommended.

Nature Nocturne runs from 8 PM to midnight.

It’s highly recommended that people purchase their tickets in advance, either online or at the door. Tickets cost $27 (taxes extra). For tickets, visit nature.ca/nocturne.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is at 240 McLeod St, Ottawa. Follow the museum on Instagram (NatureNocturne) and at Facebook.com/naturenocturne.


Information for Media

Laura Sutin
Canadian Museum of Nature
(cell) 613-698-7142

Dan Smythe
Canadian Museum of Nature
613-566-4781 / (cell) 613-698-9253