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Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 26 March 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the PS Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin alongside the Museum.

The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and worked on the great rivers of south-eastern Australia for more than 100 years. Now part of the Museum’s collection, the paddle steamer is operated by a volunteer crew.

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre

Subject to crew availability and weather

More on the Enterprise

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sunday 26 March 2017, 3.00pm – 7.00pm

Join us for Sundaze with quality DJs, live acts and great food and drinks.

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Free entry to our Lakeside Deck

Book cover for 'The Lamb Enters the Dreaming'

Time Traveller’s Book Club: The Lamb Enters the Dreaming

Tuesday 28 March 2017, 11.00am – 12.30pm

Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends

Take a romp through history, led by Dr Mike Smith, archaeologist and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the National Museum.

This month’s book is The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World, by Robert Kenny, Scribe, 2007.

The book, which won the 2008 Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History, traces the life of Nathanael Pepper of the Wotjobaluk people of the Wimmera in Victoria. It examines the collision of cultures that accompanied the advance of  pastoralists and Christian missionaries into the region, offering new insights into how European and Indigenous people perceived each other.

Free
Bookings essential:  Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Monday 10 April 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Monday 10 April 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Afternoon play space

Monday 10 April 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Play, read or relax in the play space or try one of the self-guided activities.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window, Main Hall

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Afternoon play space

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Play, read or relax in the play space or try one of the self-guided activities.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window, Main Hall

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Wednesday 12 April 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Wednesday 12 April 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Afternoon play space

Wednesday 12 April 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Play, read or relax in the play space or try one of the self-guided activities.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window, Main Hall

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Mkids movies – Finding Dory

Wednesday 12 April 2017, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Everyone’s favourite blue tang fish, the forgetful Dory, takes off with Marlin and Nemo to find her long-lost family on a life-changing adventure across the ocean.

2016, PG
All ages
Cost: Mkids, Friends full members and children on Friends full membership free; $5 non-members
Join Friends and Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees may apply)
Visions Theatre

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Thursday 13 April 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Thursday 13 April 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Afternoon play space

Thursday 13 April 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Play, read or relax in the play space or try one of the self-guided activities.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window, Main Hall

Promotional poster of The BFG

Mkids movies – The BFG

Saturday 15 April 2017, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

A young orphan girl named Sophie encounters the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) who takes her to Giant Country. Despite his intimidating appearance, the BFG turns out to be a kind-hearted soul, who is considered an outcast by the other giants because he refuses to eat children.

2016, PG
All ages
Cost: Mkids free, Friends full members and children on Friends full membership free; $5 non-members
Join Friends and Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees may apply)
Visions Theatre

Photo of paddle steamer on lake

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 16 April 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the PS Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin alongside the Museum.

The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and worked on the great rivers of south-eastern Australia for more than 100 years. Now part of the Museum’s collection, the paddle steamer is operated by a volunteer crew.

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre

Subject to crew availability and weather

More on the Enterprise

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Tuesday 18 April 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Tuesday 18 April 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Afternoon play space

Tuesday 18 April 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Play, read or relax in the play space or try one of the self-guided activities.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window, Main Hall

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Mkids movies – Pete's Dragon

Tuesday 18 April 2017, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home, who claims to live in the woods with a giant green dragon named Elliot. Grace, the young daughter of the local timber mill owner, sets out to determine the truth.

2016, PG
All ages
Cost: Mkids free, Friends full members and children on Friends full membership free; $5 non-members
Join Friends and Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees may apply)
Visions Theatre

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Wednesday 19 April 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Wednesday 19 April 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Afternoon play space

Wednesday 19 April 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Play, read or relax in the play space or try one of the self-guided activities.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window, Main Hall

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Wally Bell lecture

Wednesday 19 April 2017, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends

Today’s Ngunawal culture and country: Archaeology from an Aboriginal perspective

Presented by the Museum Friends and the Canberra Archaeological Society

Ngunawal elder Wally Bell speaks about keeping alive cultural and spiritual elements when dealing with a very scientific approach to archaeology on his country.

Friends full members free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Visions Theatre

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Thursday 20 April 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Thursday 20 April 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Afternoon play space

Thursday 20 April 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Play, read or relax in the play space or try one of the self-guided activities.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window, Main Hall

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Friday 21 April 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Seaweed album

Discovery Space: The nature collector

Friday 21 April 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Start your journey to becoming a natural historian with a short guided tour of some of the Museum’s unique nature collections, then experiment with natural materials techniques to make your own nature journal to take home.

More on our school holidays Discovery Space

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window, Main Hall

Afternoon play space

Friday 21 April 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Play, read or relax in the play space or try one of the self-guided activities.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window, Main Hall

Visitors at the Museum.

Museum Friends welcome tour

Saturday 22 April 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

An opportunity for new Museum Friends to share a welcoming cup of tea in our Friends Lounge and take a guided highlights tour of the Museum galleries.

Friends full members free. Join Friends
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

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Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 22 April 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the PS Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin alongside the Museum.

The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and worked on the great rivers of south-eastern Australia for more than 100 years. Now part of the Museum’s collection, the paddle steamer is operated by a volunteer crew.

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre

Subject to crew availability and weather

More on the Enterprise

Promotional poster of The Secret Life of Pets

Mkids movies – The Secret Life of Pets

Saturday 22 April 2017, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

In this comedy about what our pets get up to after we leave the house each day, a terrier named Max finds his life upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray mutt from the pound.

2016, PG
All ages
Cost: Mkids free, Friends full members and children on Friends full membership free; $5 non-members
Join Friends and Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees may apply)
Visions Theatre

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Object Club: Paddle Steamer Enterprise

Friday 28 April 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends

Object Club explores different facets of objects and their place in history.

Join conservator Nathan Pharoah and the PS Enterprise volunteer crew for a close-up look at the1878 paddle steamer, one of the world’s oldest steam-powered vessels still afloat.

More on the Enterprise
Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Meet in the Friends Lounge

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Night at the Museum: Heroes and villains

Friday 28 April 2017, 6.00pm – 9.30pm

Are you a veiled villain or a caped crusader? Night at the Museum returns in 2017 with a bang as heroes clash against villains. Wear a mask to keep your alter ego hidden, then prepare for a night of superhero-sized adventures.

Over 18s only
Pre-sale tickets at Eventbrite (bookings fees apply): $15, group bookings (10+) $12 per person
Friends full members free
Tickets at the door: $18, on sale from 6.15pm

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Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 29 April 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the PS Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin alongside the Museum.

The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and worked on the great rivers of south-eastern Australia for more than 100 years. Now part of the Museum’s collection, the paddle steamer is operated by a volunteer crew.

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre

Subject to crew availability and weather

More on the Enterprise

Peninsula tales - Acton tour

Peninsula Tales

Sunday 30 April 2017, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Join your guide Catherine in the year 1947, as she shares her experiences, memories and stories of the Acton Peninsula on this one-hour walking tour.

This tour is part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, Friends full members free
Bookings: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

Peninsula tales - Acton tour

Peninsula Tales

Monday 1 May 2017, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Join your guide Catherine in the year 1947, as she shares her experiences, memories and stories of the Acton Peninsula on this one-hour walking tour.

This tour is part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, Friends full members free
Bookings: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

Portait of artist William Yang
William Yang

Harvest of Endurance – a scroll and a concert

Thursday 4 May 2017, 6.30pm – 7.50pm

One of the Museum’s special objects, the Harvest of Endurance scroll, inspires a night of music as part of the Canberra International Music Festival.

Eighteen compositions reflect on the 18 panels of the 50-metre scroll, which documents two centuries of Chinese contact with and emigration to Australia.

See the scroll and hear performances by Ensemble Offspring, The Song Company and Luminescence Chamber Singers, with narration by William Yang. 

Cost: $67 adult, $62 concession, $30 under 30, $25 under 18
Bookings: Canberra International Music Festival website
Main Hall, National Museum of Australia

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Peninsula tales - Acton tour

Peninsula Tales

Saturday 6 May 2017, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Join your guide Catherine in the year 1947, as she shares her experiences, memories and stories of the Acton Peninsula on this one-hour walking tour.

This tour is part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, Friends full members free
Bookings: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

Photo of paddle steamer on lake

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 7 May 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the PS Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin alongside the Museum.

The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and worked on the great rivers of south-eastern Australia for more than 100 years. Now part of the Museum’s collection, the paddle steamer is operated by a volunteer crew.

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre

Subject to crew availability and weather

More on the Enterprise

Peninsula tales - Acton tour

Peninsula Tales

Sunday 7 May 2017, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Join your guide Catherine in the year 1947, as she shares her experiences, memories and stories of the Acton Peninsula on this one-hour walking tour.

This tour is part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, Friends full members free
Bookings: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

Photo of paddle steamer on lake

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 13 May 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the PS Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin alongside the Museum.

The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and worked on the great rivers of south-eastern Australia for more than 100 years. Now part of the Museum’s collection, the paddle steamer is operated by a volunteer crew.

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre

Subject to crew availability and weather

More on the Enterprise

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Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 May 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends

Object Club explores different facets of objects and their place in history.

Join curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Photo of map of Tasmania

Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 May 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends

Object Club explores different facets of objects and their place in history.

Join curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Visitors at the Museum.

Museum Friends welcome tour

Saturday 20 May 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

An opportunity for new Museum Friends to share a welcoming cup of tea in our Friends Lounge and take a guided highlights tour of the Museum galleries.

Friends full members free. Join Friends
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Photo of map of Tasmania

Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 May 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends

Object Club explores different facets of objects and their place in history.

Join curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Photo of map of Tasmania

Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 May 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends

Object Club explores different facets of objects and their place in history.

Join curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

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Sensory objects: Curator for the day

Monday 22 May 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Bring an object from home and share a short story about why it is significant to you. Presentations will be followed by a discussion inspired by these treasured artefacts, facilitated by Beaux Guarini.

Cost: $10, includes morning tea
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Bunyip Room

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Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 May 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends

Object Club explores different facets of objects and their place in history.

Join curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Radio National logo

Radio National panel discussion: 67 Referendum

Tuesday 23 May 2017, 6.00pm – 7.30pm

This year marks 50 years since the referendum that acknowledged Aboriginal citizenship and allowed them to participate in the Australian political process.

Join RN at the National Museum with a panel of acclaimed guests to discuss this landmark decision and where to from here. This event is part of Defining Moments in Australian History.

All ages
Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends full members
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Visions Theatre

More on the 1967 Indigenous referendum

Photo of map of Tasmania

Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 May 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends

Object Club explores different facets of objects and their place in history.

Join curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Photo of map of Tasmania

Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 May 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends

Object Club explores different facets of objects and their place in history.

Join curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Photo of map of Tasmania

Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 May 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends

Object Club explores different facets of objects and their place in history.

Join curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Book cover for The Second World War

Time Traveller’s Book Club: Second World War

Tuesday 30 May 2017, 11.00am – 12.30pm

Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends

Take a romp through history, led by Dr Mike Smith, archaeologist and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the National Museum.

This month’s book is The Second World War, by Antony Beevor, Orion Publishing, 2014.

Beevor provides a grand sweep of this 20th century conflict, while also focusing on the local dimensions of the unfolding tragedy. The fate of ordinary soldiers and civilisations also informs the narrative.

Free
Bookings essential:  Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Sensory objects: Blood, sweat and gears

Monday 19 June 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Sensory objects is a participatory, sensory workshop held on the third Monday of every month. Join facilitator Beaux Guarini as we explore objects and stories using sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.

Discover cycling’s contribution to Australian life, from its role in the emancipation of women to cultivating a national sporting identity.

Cost: $10, includes morning tea
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Bunyip Room

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