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Programs and events

Programs and events

Glorious Days: Australia 1913 was on show at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra from 7 March to 13 October 2013. 

These special programs and events were presented as part of the Glorious Days: Australia 1913 exhibition in Canberra.

Door to store: Caring for your collection

Inspired by objects currently on display in the Museum, programs in the 'Door to store’ series highlight how to care for a collection — whether it is our national collection or your private one at home.

Thursday 14 November 2013: Watercolours and paintings

Audio and transcript of Door to store: caring for your watercolours and paintings

View earlier programs

Glorious Days lecture series

This series explores what was happening in Australia 100 years ago, inspired by our Glorious Days: Australia 1913 exhibition.

Links to the audio and transcript from each lecture in this series.

Peninsula tales tours

Sunday 6 October 2013, 2–3pm
Friday 11 October 2013, 2–3pm

Join our guides Ernest and Catherine, wearing period costumes, as they share the history of Acton Peninsula on a one-hour walking tour. 

Cost: Adults $10. Concession $8.
Numbers per tour are limited. Bookings essential. Book online through Eventbrite
Group bookings can be made by arrangement. Please telephone (02) 6208 5021 to discuss your requirements.

Tour information

We recommend you wear comfortable shoes on this outdoor tour. Our tours are conducted at an easy pace, however participants must be fit to walk and stand for an hour. If you have any special needs please advise us at the time of booking. The tour may be cancelled in the event of severe weather and refunds or transfers will be made available.

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Australia 1913: a dramatic year - CANCELLED

Friday 27 September OR Saturday 28 September 2013, 7.30–8.30pm

The year 1913, Australians saw their new nation as progressive and free to make its own future in the world. One hundred years on, join us for an evening of entertainment inside the Glorious Days exhibition. Experience the stories of 1913 at an exclusive dramatised reading that will have you asking yourself ‘how much has changed, and what has stayed the same?’ Scripted by Peter Copeman.

Please note that this event has been cancelled.


Discovery Space: Board games and battleships

1–4 and 8–11 October 2013, 10am – 1pm

The Glorious Days exhibition features two amazing board games from 1913 that reflect the times — the arrival of the Australian Navy Fleet and the exploration of Antarctica. Celebrating the final weeks of Glorious Days, children and their families can play a range of board games together and, using their imagination, make their own board game that reflects life in Australia in 2013.

Children can also participate in a giant group game of battleships in the Hall.

More information on the Discovery Space

Drop in activities. Donations welcome.
The Hall


1913 Country Fair

Saturday 13 April 2013

The 1913 Country Fair held in the Garden of Australian Dreams was a glorious day out for all. More than 2400 visitors enjoyed activities and demonstrations typical of a country fair from 100 years ago.

1913 Country Fair video

Highlights from the Country Fair, featuring the Canberra Roller Derby League, Canberra Woodcraft Guild, South East Axemen’s Association, Royal Australian Navy Band, the Gramophone Man, Tango Social Club of Canberra, Great War Association, Australian Costumers Guild, Animals on the Move and Task Force 72 model ships.

Country Fair timelapse

A bird's eye view of the 1913 Country Fair, recorded from high on the loop outside the National Museum, on 13 April 2013.

Discovery Space: Bunting, badges and bowties

15–26 April 2013

Young visitors took a step back in time and created costume accessories from 1913, then struck a pose for a 'vintage' photo.

Bunting, badges and bowties photos on Flickr

Glorious Days: Photography in 1913

23 May 2013

National Museum curator Anthea Gunn led Friends and visitors on a special tour of the Glorious Days exhibition, with a focus on photography in 1913.

16-frames per second video workshop

11 May 2013

Aspiring young filmmakers and actors put together this black and white silent film, 'Follow Your Dreams'.

This workshop was inspired by the National Museum's Glorious Days: Australia 1913 exhibition.

'Follow Your Dreams' includes 1913 film footage from the National Film and Sound Archive, and objects and props from the Glorious Days exhibition.

Stamping on yourself

3 May 2013

An access program looking at stamps, banknotes and coins from 1913, to inspire adults with a disability to make their own personal stamps using rubber, lino and ink. Facilitated by artist Ali Aedy.

Pink silk tango shoes

5 April 2013

An access program to revamp old pairs of shoes with a variety of materials. Inspired by a pair of stylish tango shoes and other fashionable footwear of the era in our Glorious Days: Australia 1913 exhibition. Facilitated by artist Ali Aedy and developed for adults with a disability.

Mother's Day package

11–19 May 2013

A glorious Mother's Day at the Museum treat for mums with tickets including:

  • Glorious Days: Australia 1913 exhibition entry
  • the Devonshire tea special in the Museum Cafe
  • 25% discount in the Glorious Days exhibition shop.

National one and two-cylinder vehicle rally

11 March 2013

A national rally held to celebrate more than a century of one and two-cylinder vehicles in Australia. Hosted by the Veteran and Vintage Car Club of the ACT, the rally included early petrol, steam and electric cars that would have graced Australian roads in 1913.Entry to our Glorious Days exhibition was free on the day, in celebration of Canberra's 100th birthday weekend. The rally was supported by the ACT Government and part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations in 2013.

More on 'Big birthday celebrations'

Glorious Days: Australia 1913 Friends preview

5 March 2013

Senior curator Michelle Hetherington's exclusive tour of the Glorious Days exhibition, followed by wine and refreshments in the Hall.

Glorious Days exhibition launch

Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of Australia, launched Glorious Days: Australia 1913 at the National Museum on 6 March 2013.

Ms Bryce highlighted the role of women in Australia and the importance of Indigenous culture as she took a retrospective look at the past 100 years and outlined her hopes for where Australia may go in the next 100 years.

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