The Museum hosts regular festival days, with performances, demonstrations, conversation and craft. Check our online calendar for a full range of fun activities for families and children.
Australia Day festival
26 January 2014
Inspired by the exhibitions Old Masters and On Country, visitors enjoyed dancing with Move it Mob Style, bush tucker cooking with Mark Olive, singing with Yamba the Honeyant and Jacinta Price, as well as sand sculpting and printing activities.
View video highlights from the festival
Come Alive Festival
28 October to 1 November 2013
The fourth annual Come Alive Festival of Museum Theatre drew together ACT secondary students to present a variety of theatrical performances designed to bring the Museum's collection to life.
NAIDOC on the Peninsula
7 July 2013
NAIDOC on the Peninsula – an annual event presented as part of a week of celebrations across Australia. Featured local and national music and dance performances, community stalls and delicious food outside in the forecourt, plus craft activities and tours inside the Museum.
1913 Country Fair
13 April 2013
The 1913 Country Fair celebrated the Glorious Days: Australia 1913 exhibition. More than 2400 people came to see a range of performers and activities typical of a country fair from 100 years ago.
Museum on the move26 January 2013
Inspired by the planes, trains and automobiles and Big objects on show in the Hall, we celebrated the ‘Museum on the move’, with live performances, demonstrations and fun craft activities themed around the different types of transport people have used to travel around Australia.
NAIDOC on the Peninsula
1 July 2012
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the National Museum of Australia hosted NAIDOC on the Peninsula. It was a great day of music, performances and stalls to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
15 April 2012
A day of festivities to officially open the exhibition Travelling the Silk Road. Featured cultural performances, belly dancing workshops, camel rides, pattern printmaking activities, puppet shows, sand animation and more.
Chinese Lucky Dragon26 January 2012
The National Museum's Lucky Dragon family festival was supported by the Chinese community, with performances and demonstrations at the Museum on Australia Day. Visitors celebrated the success of the exhibition
Future Gen3 October 2011
This festival was inspired by the Museum's Kspace futuristic 3D virtual reality theatre and took place in the Museum's Hall. Visitors enjoyed art, craft, transport and entertainment with a futuristic twist. Kids made vehicles of tomorrow and repurposed recyclables to make jewellery and accessories to take home.