Friends is the membership organisation of the National Museum of Australia. Its primary aim is to support, work in partnership with and promote the Museum.
The Friends Management Committee has 12 elected members including president Michael Parker, vice president Sandy Forbes and executive officer Carisse Flanagan. The Annual General Meeting is usually held in October.
Friends is a member of the Australian Federation of Friends Museums (AFFM), the peak body for organisations supporting cultural institutions. AFFM is in turn part of the World Federation of Friends of Museums (WFFM), an organisation affiliated with UNESCO.
Founded in 1989, Friends actively campaigned for a National Museum based in Canberra for all Australians. This dream was realised when the Museum opened in 2001.
Benefits of Friends
Working in close partnership with the National Museum our 3000 members enjoy benefits including:
invitations to member only exhibition previews
behind the scenes talks and tours
exclusive access to our Friends Lounge
discounts for Museum programs, the Museum Shop and Cafe
The Museum magazine
New lakeside Friends Lounge
Our stunning new lakeside Friends Lounge is now open with complimentary coffee, tea, newspapers, wi-fi and children’s toys, plus easy access for wheelchairs and prams and an outdoor seating area.
For more information about Friends please contact:
The Friends office
Tel + 61 2 6208 5048