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School holiday program: Discovery Space

Drop in to our Discovery Space program during the school holidays. Have fun creating your own take home piece inspired by our exhibitions, or join in our group activities.

Past programs

Horse toys and Big Spirit, September-October 2014

Horse toys

Children have always loved horse toys. Inspired by the large metal horse sculptures and small bush toys in the Spirited: Australia's Horse Story exhibition, children made their own miniature horse out of wire and other hardware materials to take home.

Bush toy consisting of a figure on a black and white horse made from painted coiled wire and fabric
Horse and cowboy bush toy, Tristan Young. National Museum of Australia.

Big Spirit

Working with sculptors Andy Townsend and Suzie Bleach, children helped to create a dynamic life-size horse sculpture. Similar to their large work Adrift in the Museum Hall, this horse evolved over the course of the program as children stuffed, lashed, bound and tied a range of materials to its framework. 

Metal sculpture of a horse.
Big Spirit, sculpture by Suzie Bleach and Andy Townsend. Courtesy of the artists.

Discovery Island, July 2014

In the July 2014 Discovery Space program children got into the swing of the Torres Strait Islander gallery Lag | Meta | Aus by  exploring aspects of island life. They created their own island style headdress, danced in a virtual tropical island scene and made a woven fish to add to a colourful seascape.


See children's responses to Discovery Island

Museum Maestros, April 2014  

Children made and played musical instruments crafted from everyday materials in our Discovery Space during the school holidays. The maestros were inspired by musical objects from the Museum’s Journeys gallery, including the dàn tre.

Participants joined the Museum’s orchestra, led by Matthew Armstrong from Drummers not Plumbers, and tempted their musical curiosity by playing recycled musical instruments in the Garden of Australian Dreams.


See children's responses to Museum Maestros and hear them play their musical instruments.


See visitors making and playing musical instruments at the Museum.


Check out the Museum Maestros photos on Flickr

Young Masters, January 2014

Inspired by the Old Masters exhibition children had fun creating collage masterpieces and documenting their journeys, histories and family stories in our Discovery Space during the January 2014 school holidays.


See children's responses to Young Masters



Check out the Young Masters photos on Flickr

Check out photos, videos and feedback from our other past Discovery Space programs

Fun at home

Be inspired by our Discovery Space school holiday program, download our activity sheets and craft your own creations at home.

Upcoming events

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