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Baz 'n' Snags. Photo: Marianne Mettes.

A 'Spirited' Australia Day

Monday 26 January 2015, 10:00am to 3:00pm

Inspired by the exhibition Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story, this event celebrates Australia Day and all things horse-related with country music, bootscooting, horse rides, craft and much more. Highlights of the day include the Baz ‘n’ Snags puppet show, X-Factor star Caitlyn Shadbolt and celebrated country musician Warren H Williams.

Free entry; costs apply to some activities
Hall and Amphitheatre

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The Museum Bar

Museum Bar: Steamy Sundays

Sunday 1 February 2015, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Soak up the last of the weekend and enjoy the summer sun while chilling out at the Museum Cafe.

Food and drinks from Broadbean Catering and beats brought to you by Charles Marques.

All ages
Free entry
Museum Cafe, Lakeside Deck and Amphitheatre

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A colour photograph of a woman and a girl.

Get messy with Grandma or Grandpa

Wednesday 4 February 2015, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends program

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

New members welcome tour

Saturday 7 February 2015, 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.

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

 
The Museum Bar

Museum Bar: Steamy Sundays

Sunday 8 February 2015, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Soak up the last of the weekend and enjoy the summer sun chilling out at the Museum Cafe.

Food and drinks from Broadbean Catering and beats brought to you by Brother J (Superbreak).

All ages
Free entry
Museum Cafe, Lakeside Deck and Amphitheatre

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Neal Lavis
Neal Lavis.

A Bush Rider's Olympic Story

Thursday 12 February 2015, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Museum Friends program

Neale Lavis is one of Australia's greatest equestrians and a 1960 Rome Olympics three-day event champion. Now in his 80s, Neale breeds, rides and trains horses at his property in Braidwood, New South Wales. Neale will present his story, with a short film screening and conversation, just for Museum Friends. Discover his ongoing relationship with horses, from taking part in the Light Horse memorials to enjoying mountain rides with his mates.This will be a lovely afternoon treat in the Friends Lounge.

Cost: $5 for all Friends members, numbers limited
Bookings essential by email  bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours)
Friends Lounge 

The Museum Bar

Museum Bar: Steamy Sundays

Sunday 15 February 2015, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Soak up the last of the weekend and enjoy the summer sun chilling at the Museum Cafe.

Food and drinks from Broadbean Catering and beats brought to you by Kosta Ellis, aka Superbreak.

All ages
Free entry
Museum Cafe, Lakeside Deck and Amphitheatre

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Botanical art

Rare books viewing: Illustrated botanical books

Wednesday 18 February 2015, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Museum Friends program

Don't miss this very special event at the Museum's Research Library. Janda Gooding, Assistant Director, Collections, Content and Exhibitions, and Vicki Humphrey, Head of Conservation, will showcase a selection of the Research Library's rare and special illustrated botanical books and discuss how art and science combine in the beautiful illustrations. Friends are invited to enjoy a cuppa in the Friends Lounge following this presentation.

Cost: Free full members only, limited numbers. Includes refreshments.
Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Meet in the Friends Lounge

Julie Nichols and Rachel Evangelou
Rachel Evangelou and Julie Nichols.

Landmark women

Friday 20 February 2015, 10:30am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends program

Landmark Women celebrates the lives and passions of distinguished women living and working in Canberra.

The first of our Landmark Women talks for 2015 will feature the lovely ladies behind the successful Handmade Canberra retail business. Julie Nichols and Rachel Evangelou are also the winners of the Telstra 2013 ACT Start-Up Business of the Year award. We highly recommend this event if you are keen to hear fascinating business ideas and be inspired by the success of handmade products.

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

Daniel Oakman
Daniel Oakman.

Is cycling normal? The past, present and future of the bicycle in Australia

Saturday 21 February 2015, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Join curator Daniel Oakman as he explores the role of cycling in Australia. Learn more about our nation's cycling stories and important cycling objects, and join the conversation about the bike's past, present and future.

Cost: $15 non-members, $10 Friends full members; full concession members free. Includes light refreshments in the Hall.
Bookings essential through the Eventbrite website*
Visions Theatre and Hall

* A small processing fee applies.

The Museum Bar

Museum Bar: Steamy Sundays

Sunday 22 February 2015, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Soak up the last of the weekend and enjoy the summer sun while chilling at the Museum Cafe.

Food and drinks from Broadbean Catering and beats brought to you by Stereotype with Jonty Hall (Trumpet).

All ages
Free entry
Museum Cafe, Lakeside Deck and Amphitheatre

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Katie Noonan
Katie Noonan.

Enlighten 2015: By the Water concert with Katie Noonan

Saturday 28 February 2015, 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Grab a picnic blanket and some friends to soak up the atmosphere at the fifth annual By the Water concert.

Watch the sun slip away and the stars come out in a night of music with songstress Katie Noonan.

The night will kick off with Australia’s Got Talent 2013 winners Uncle Jed — a band with a sound as good as salted caramel.

Cost: $45 adult; $35 concession (including Friends full members); children 16 and under free (when accompanied by a paying adult)
Buy tickets online through Ticketek Australia

Doors open 6pm for 7pm start
Outdoor Amphitheatre

The National Museum of Australia is proud to support ENLIGHTEN 2015 (part of the Canberra Festival).

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A colour photograph of a woman and a girl.

Get messy with Grandma or Grandpa

Wednesday 4 March 2015, 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

Landmark women

Friday 20 March 2015, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends program

Landmark Women celebrates the lives and passions of distinguished women living and working in Canberra.

Cost: $10 non-members and Essentials, $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).
Visions Theatre and Friends Lounge

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