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In Canberra these holidays

School holidays are here again and we’ve extended our opening hours!

We hate to see anyone miss out, so to help make sure that everyone has the chance to see the beautiful objects on show in Rome: City and Empire, from the British Museum, we have extended our opening hours from Boxing Day. We’ll be open 8am to 7pm every day until the exhibition closes on Sunday 3 February 2019.

A woman is looking at three sculpture heads which sit individually on plinths.

From Thursday 27 December 2018 the Museum Cafe will be open from 8am for breakfast and coffee too. Here’s a few more tips to make the most of your visit.

Tip 1: Park and ride, using the free Culture Loop shuttle bus

Avoid car park hassles and get dropped off at the front door when you ride on our new, free shuttle bus service. The bus will come past the Museum on an hourly schedule from the city. You can catch the bus from the Canberra Centre on Akuna Street.

Tip 2: Choose the right time

Check our social channels for the latest information to help plan your visit, or give us a call. January can be a busy time, causing pressure on car parking and increasing the wait time to get into the exhibition. Check Facebook or Twitter or call the Museum on +61 2 6208 5000.

If you already have tickets for a day and for whatever reason are unable to make it, email tickets@nma.gov.au and we can easily move your ticket to another day.

Tip 3: Book your tickets online

We don’t want anyone to miss out or to wait a long time to buy tickets, so if you haven’t already done so, buy your tickets online. The ticket price is the same regardless of whether you buy at the Museum or the website.

Tip 4: Become a Museum Friend

Beat the queues and jump in our Friends-only queue for a much reduced wait time. There are plenty of other benefits of being a Museum Friend including discounts at our beautiful Museum Shop, a reduced rate on your ticket purchase, and free exhibition entry for Mkids.

Tip 5: Download our audio tour app before you visit

Download our free app, The Loop, to take one or all of our three complementary self-guided Rome audio tours.

Richard Fidler narrates our Rome Audio Tour, with dramatisations by leading voice actors; Lily Withycombe provides extra information about key objects in our Rome Curator’s Audio Tour and our Rome Audio Tour for Kids features the storytelling adventures of two teenage flies on the wall.

Tip 6: Don’t miss the new Antarctica Experience VR film

While you’re here, don’t miss the The Antarctica Experience, opening at the Museum on Boxing Day. Using the latest in VR technology you will have the unique opportunity to spend a day in the life of Antarctic scientists as they research the mysterious continent.

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