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Paddle steamer on Lake Burley Griffin. National Museum of Australia in the background

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 26 February 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the Paddle Steamer Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin outside the National Museum of Australia. The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and is maintained by a volunteer crew.  

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All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sunday 26 February 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

a book cover

Time Traveller’s Book Club – Edmund Barton

Tuesday 28 February 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 Edmund Barton: The One Man for the Job, by Geoffrey Bolton, Allen & Unwin, 2000.

Australia might not have become a Commonwealth in 1901 had it not been for Edmund Barton.This engaging biography of Australia’s first Prime Minister highlights Barton’s personal crusade for the federal cause.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Lenie Namitjira working on a painting.

SOLD OUT: Painting country: Watercolour masterclass

Saturday 4 March 2017, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Join watercolourists Lenie Namatjira and Gloria Pannka, granddaughters of acclaimed artist Albert Namatjira, and Hermannsburg potter and emerging watercolourist Clara Inkamala for a traditional landscape watercolour painting masterclass.

This is a unique opportunity to paint alongside these artists from the Iltja Ntjarra (Many Hands) Art Centre. We encourage participants to invite a guest from a different generation to share in this wonderful experience, just as Albert taught his grandchildren.

Tickets: SOLD OUT

All workshop materials provided
Main Hall

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Paddle steamer on Lake Burley Griffin. National Museum of Australia in the background

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 4 March 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the Paddle Steamer Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin outside the National Museum of Australia. The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and is maintained by a volunteer crew.  

More on the Enterprise

Subject to crew availability and weather

Free

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sunday 5 March 2017, 3.00pm – 7.00pm

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

More on Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Free entry to our Lakeside Deck

Paddle steamer on Lake Burley Griffin. National Museum of Australia in the background

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 12 March 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the Paddle Steamer Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin outside the National Museum of Australia. The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and is maintained by a volunteer crew.  

More on the Enterprise

Subject to crew availability and weather

Free

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sunday 12 March 2017, 3.00pm – 7.00pm

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

More on Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Free entry to our Lakeside Deck

Paddle steamer on Lake Burley Griffin. National Museum of Australia in the background

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 18 March 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the Paddle Steamer Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin outside the National Museum of Australia. The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and is maintained by a volunteer crew.  

More on the Enterprise

Subject to crew availability and weather

Free

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sunday 19 March 2017, 3.00pm – 7.00pm

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

More on Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Free entry to our Lakeside Deck

A photograph of an old radio, a teacup, a vase of flowers and a plate of biscuits.

Handling objects: Powers of pets

Monday 20 March 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Meet Trim, Matthew Flinders’ seafaring cat, and Nelson, the dog who saved a man from drowning on a flooded Melbourne street. Then share a story of your heroic or not-so-heroic pet or animal friend.
Facilitated by Beaux Guarini.

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

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Paddle steamer on Lake Burley Griffin. National Museum of Australia in the background

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 26 March 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the Paddle Steamer Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin outside the National Museum of Australia. The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and is maintained by a volunteer crew.  

More on the Enterprise

Subject to crew availability and weather

Free

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.

More on Sundaze at the Museum Bar

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

Paddle steamer on Lake Burley Griffin. National Museum of Australia in the background

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 16 April 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the Paddle Steamer Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin outside the National Museum of Australia. The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and is maintained by a volunteer crew.  

More on the Enterprise

Subject to crew availability and weather

Free

Paddle steamer on Lake Burley Griffin. National Museum of Australia in the background

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 22 April 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the Paddle Steamer Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin outside the National Museum of Australia. The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and is maintained by a volunteer crew.  

More on the Enterprise

Subject to crew availability and weather

Free

Paddle steamer on Lake Burley Griffin. National Museum of Australia in the background

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 29 April 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the Paddle Steamer Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin outside the National Museum of Australia. The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and is maintained by a volunteer crew.  

More on the Enterprise

Subject to crew availability and weather

Free

Paddle steamer on Lake Burley Griffin. National Museum of Australia in the background

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 7 May 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the Paddle Steamer Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin outside the National Museum of Australia. The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and is maintained by a volunteer crew.  

More on the Enterprise

Subject to crew availability and weather

Free

A photograph of an old radio, a teacup, a vase of flowers and a plate of biscuits.

Handling 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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