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Horse and cowboy bush toy,
Tristan Young.

Discovery Space: horse toys and big spirit sculpture

Friday 3 October 2014, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Horse toys

Children have always loved horse toys. Inspired by the large metal horse sculptures and small bush toys in the Spirited exhibition, children can use wire and other materials to make a miniature toy horse to take home.

Big Spirit sculpture

Working with sculptors Andy Townsend and Suzie Bleach, children can help to create a dynamic life-size horse sculpture. Similar to their large work Adrift in the Museum Hall, this horse will evolve over the course of the program as children stuff, lash, bind and tie a range of materials to its framework. Watch Big Spirit come to life!

Drop-in activities, no bookings necessary
Weekdays 30 September - 10 October
10am - 1pm, The Hall
Entry by donation

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New members welcome tour

Friday 3 October 2014, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Museum Friends program

An opportunity for new Museum Friends to meet staff, share a welcoming cup of tea in our members lounge and take a guided Museum Highlights tour of the Museum galleries.

Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Meet in the Friends Lounge

 
Horse and cowboy bush toy,
Tristan Young.

Discovery Space: horse toys and big spirit sculpture

Tuesday 7 October 2014, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Horse toys

Children have always loved horse toys. Inspired by the large metal horse sculptures and small bush toys in the Spirited exhibition, children can use wire and other materials to make a miniature toy horse to take home.

Big Spirit sculpture

Working with sculptors Andy Townsend and Suzie Bleach, children can help to create a dynamic life-size horse sculpture. Similar to their large work Adrift in the Museum Hall, this horse will evolve over the course of the program as children stuff, lash, bind and tie a range of materials to its framework. Watch Big Spirit come to life!

Drop-in activities, no bookings necessary
Weekdays 30 September - 10 October
10am - 1pm, The Hall
Entry by donation

More on school holiday activities

Horse and cowboy bush toy,
Tristan Young.

Discovery Space: horse toys and big spirit sculpture

Wednesday 8 October 2014, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Horse toys

Children have always loved horse toys. Inspired by the large metal horse sculptures and small bush toys in the Spirited exhibition, children can use wire and other materials to make a miniature toy horse to take home.

Big Spirit sculpture

Working with sculptors Andy Townsend and Suzie Bleach, children can help to create a dynamic life-size horse sculpture. Similar to their large work Adrift in the Museum Hall, this horse will evolve over the course of the program as children stuff, lash, bind and tie a range of materials to its framework. Watch Big Spirit come to life!

Drop-in activities, no bookings necessary
Weekdays 30 September - 10 October
10am - 1pm, The Hall
Entry by donation

More on school holiday activities

Horse and cowboy bush toy,
Tristan Young.

Discovery Space: horse toys and big spirit sculpture

Thursday 9 October 2014, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Horse toys

Children have always loved horse toys. Inspired by the large metal horse sculptures and small bush toys in the Spirited exhibition, children can use wire and other materials to make a miniature toy horse to take home.

Big Spirit sculpture

Working with sculptors Andy Townsend and Suzie Bleach, children can help to create a dynamic life-size horse sculpture. Similar to their large work Adrift in the Museum Hall, this horse will evolve over the course of the program as children stuff, lash, bind and tie a range of materials to its framework. Watch Big Spirit come to life!

Drop-in activities, no bookings necessary
Weekdays 30 September - 10 October
10am - 1pm, The Hall
Entry by donation

More on school holiday activities

Horse and cowboy bush toy,
Tristan Young.

Discovery Space: horse toys and big spirit sculpture

Friday 10 October 2014, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Horse toys

Children have always loved horse toys. Inspired by the large metal horse sculptures and small bush toys in the Spirited exhibition, children can use wire and other materials to make a miniature toy horse to take home.

Big Spirit sculpture

Working with sculptors Andy Townsend and Suzie Bleach, children can help to create a dynamic life-size horse sculpture. Similar to their large work Adrift in the Museum Hall, this horse will evolve over the course of the program as children stuff, lash, bind and tie a range of materials to its framework. Watch Big Spirit come to life!

Drop-in activities, no bookings necessary
Weekdays 30 September - 10 October
10am - 1pm, The Hall
Entry by donation

More on school holiday activities

Warlpiri Drawings public lecture: Melinda Hinkson

Wednesday 15 October 2014, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Drawing Life: Warlpiri lines on a changing world

This public lecture is presented as a curatorial backstory to the exhibition Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future showing at the National Museum of Australia from August 2014 to May 2015.

Join anthropologist and curator Melinda Hinkson as she reflects on the process of introducing an important collection of crayon drawings, six decades after they were made, to the descendants of their makers. In what ways might the activity of drawing be understood as a vital space for cross-cultural interaction?

Free
Bookings essential. Book online through the Eventbrite website
Visions Theatre

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Spirited lecture series

Thursday 16 October 2014, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Jennifer Wilson, Karen Hood and Tammy Ven Dange - Body and spirit: Australian horse welfare

This free lecture series offers insights into the stories behind the exhibition Spirited: Australia's Horse Story.

Body and spirit: Australian horse welfare is presented by National Museum curator Jennifer Wilson, Heavy Horse Heaven president Karen Hood and Tammy Ven Dange, Chief Executive Officer, RSPCA, ACT.

Free
Book online through the Eventbrite website
Visions Theatre

Landmark women: Dr Sue Packer

Friday 17 October 2014, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends program

Landmark women features prominent Canberra women talking about their lives, work and passions. Our October guest is Dr Sue Packer AM. Sue is a paediatrician and heads the Child at Risk Assessment Unit at Canberra Hospital, who is dedicated to improving the lives of children who have been abused or neglected. Sue was Canberra Citizen of the Year in 2013 and is also chairwoman of the Mr Fluffy Community and Expert Reference Group.

Cost: $10 non-members and essential members, $5 full members, full concession members free. Includes refreshments.
Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Visions Theatre and Friends Lounge

Conservation lab tour - BOOKED OUT

Tuesday 21 October 2014, 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Museum Friends program

Head of Conservation Vicki Humphrey will conduct this special tour of the Mitchell repository. It is a great opportunity to see the Museum's behind-the-scenes work on collection and display objects at the Museum's Mitchell repository.

This program is now BOOKED OUT.

Night at the Museum: Fear

Friday 31 October 2014, 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Fear does strange things to people. Adrenalin pumps. Blood runs cold. Flesh creeps. The imagination conjures nightmares hidden in shadows. What makes you afraid?

Face your fears at the next Night at the Museum this Halloween, with a spine-tingling program of music, games, objects, art and food.

Over-18s only
Cost: $10 entry. $60 to register a team of 4 to play The Museum Game (includes entry). Free entry for Museum Friends (full members)
Tickets will be available at the door or online on the Eventbrite website closer to the date.
Main Hall and galleries

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Art at the Museum: Message for a moment

Wednesday 5 November 2014, 10:30am to 12:00pm

Access program (adults)

What message do you have for the world? Inspired by Arthur Stace and his famous 'Eternity' message, we will use chalk and stencils to produce fleeting sidewalk art at the Museum.

Cost: $10 per person, $5 Museum Friends (full members)
Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours)

A colour photograph of a woman and a girl.

Get messy with Grandma or Grandpa

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Art and craft activities especially for preschool-aged children and their grandparents.

Cost: $10 family and Essential members, $5 Friends (full members; full concession members free). Includes refreshments.
Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Garden Room

Spirited lecture series

Friday 14 November 2014, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Professor Paul McGreevy - Equitation science: understanding how horses think and learn

This free lecture series offers insights into the stories behind the exhibition Spirited: Australia's Horse Story.

Free
Book online through the Eventbrite website
Visions Theatre

Creation station

Wednesday 19 November 2014, 10:30am to 11:30am

Fun and exciting workshops combining art and music for preschoolers with or without a disability.

Cost: $5 per person
Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours)

Landmark women: Maureen Cane

Friday 21 November 2014, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends program

Maureen Cane, chief executive officer of Volunteering ACT is our last guest in the series for 2014. After a successful career in senior management positions in the Australian and ACT public service and in the community sector, Maureen was honoured with Canberra Citizen of the Year award in 2011.

Cost: $10 non-members and Essentials, $5 full members, full concession members free. Includes refreshments.
Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Visions Theatre and Friends Lounge

Spirited: curator tour

Monday 24 November 2014, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Museum Friends program

Join a special curator-led tour of the Spirited exhibition with a curator, followed by light refreshments in the Friends Lounge.

Cost: $10 full members, $15 essentials members. Includes refreshments.
Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Meet in the Friends Lounge

A colour photograph of a woman and a girl.

Get messy with Grandma or Grandpa

Wednesday 3 December 2014, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Art and craft activities especially for preschool-aged children and their grandparents.

Cost: $10 family and Essential members, $5 Friends (full members; full concession members free). Includes refreshments.
Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Garden Room

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