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School holidays: Discovery Space

Join our Discovery Space school holiday activities. Have fun creating your own craft piece inspired by our exhibitions or join a group activity.

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History of you

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017
10–11.30am and 11.30am – 1pm

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How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule to take home.

We also invite you to bring along a small, special object (less than A4 size) from home. Objects tell a lot about ourselves and the times in which we live and drawing objects can help us understand the world around us.

Artist and educator Naomi Zouwer is leading a project called the Taxonomy of Australian Children’s Objects, to help remember the children of 2017. Learn some cool 'how-to-draw' techniques, then contribute your drawing to a group display. Created by children, each image and story about the object’s significance will be recorded for posterity online.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

Your Discovery Space ticket also entitles children to half-price exhibition entry ($4) and two accompanying adults per child entry at the concession rate ($15). Show your Discovery Space ticket at the Information Desk to gain this discount on the day.

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
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Afternoon play space

Weekdays 9–20 January 2017, 2–3.30pm

Play, read, relax or try a self-guided activity.
Children must be accompanied by an adult

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Find your photos

Check out the full collection of Discovery Space photos on Flickr

Upcoming events

Visit our online calendar for details and the full range of fun activities for families and children.


Medieval Space

Children helped build a medieval village and created their own crown and shield in spring 2016, inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Video reflections

Medieval village time lapse


Discovery Space: Medieval Space photos on Flickr

Fun at home activity

Make your own medieval crown or shield at home

Play School – What’s behind the Windows?

Children helped us celebrate 50 years of Play School in July 2016. They shared their favourite songs and stories in our Play School studio and made their own episodes on box TVs.

Video reflections

Museum Designer

Inspired by the National Museum’s architecture, children designed, made and drew their own museum in April 2016.

Video reflections

Continuing Culture

Children made wearable art and learnt string games, inspired by the Museum’s Encounters exhibition in January 2016.

Video reflections


Continuing Culture photos on Flickr

Fun at home activity

Free online instructions to make a piece of wearable artThe Canberra Times

Discovery Space was proudly supported by The Canberra Times.