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Discovery voyages school holiday program

Discovery voyages: Adventures of the seas

Friday 20 April 2018, 10.00am–11.30am

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018 (note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)
10–11.30am and 11.30am–1pm

Ahoy explorers and artists! Join us these school holidays for art and science activities inspired by our exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

Be part of Captain Baudin’s crew and make your own telescope, then work with an artist from NatureArt Lab to paint your own nature-inspired artwork and share your family’s journey on our giant map.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply) 
Bay Window

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Discovery voyages school holiday program

Discovery voyages: Adventures of the seas

Friday 20 April 2018, 11.30am–1.00pm

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018 (note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)
10–11.30am and 11.30am–1pm

Ahoy explorers and artists! Join us these school holidays for art and science activities inspired by our exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

Be part of Captain Baudin’s crew and make your own telescope, then work with an artist from NatureArt Lab to paint your own nature-inspired artwork and share your family’s journey on our giant map.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply) 
Bay Window

More on the Museum's school holiday activities

a starfish

Afternoon play space (CANCELLED)

Friday 20 April 2018, 2.00pm–3.30pm

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018
(note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)

Play, read or relax in our Bay Window play space or try one of the self-guided activities inspired by our current exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

More on the Museum's school holiday activities

Image right: Starfish – Archaster angulatur, by Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, 1800–04, watercolour on paper. Museum of Natural History, Le Havre

A toy teddy bear

Mkids movies – Paddington 2

Saturday 21 April 2018, 3.00pm–5.00pm

2017, rated G

Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop – the perfect present for his beloved aunt's 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy's big celebration.

Cost: Mkids free, Friends full members free, $5 non-members. Join Friends
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Visions Theatre

*Please note that this is a screening change from Wonderstruck.

Paddle Steamer Enterprise on the water

PS Enterprise: Public inspection (CANCELLED)

Sunday 22 April 2018, 11.00am–2.00pm

The Paddle Steamer Enterprise is the Museum’s oldest working exhibit and is moored on Lake Burley Griffin. Come and see this beautifully restored boat. Listen to stories, as told by the volunteer crew, of a bygone era.

Please note: this event is cancelled

More on the PS Enterprise

Discovery voyages school holiday program

Discovery voyages: Adventures of the seas

Monday 23 April 2018, 10.00am–11.30am

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018 (note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)
10–11.30am and 11.30am–1pm

Ahoy explorers and artists! Join us these school holidays for art and science activities inspired by our exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

Be part of Captain Baudin’s crew and make your own telescope, then work with an artist from NatureArt Lab to paint your own nature-inspired artwork and share your family’s journey on our giant map.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply) 
Bay Window

More on the Museum's school holiday activities

Discovery voyages school holiday program

Discovery voyages: Adventures of the seas

Monday 23 April 2018, 11.30am–1.00pm

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018 (note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)
10–11.30am and 11.30am–1pm

Ahoy explorers and artists! Join us these school holidays for art and science activities inspired by our exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

Be part of Captain Baudin’s crew and make your own telescope, then work with an artist from NatureArt Lab to paint your own nature-inspired artwork and share your family’s journey on our giant map.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply) 
Bay Window

More on the Museum's school holiday activities

a starfish

Afternoon play space

Monday 23 April 2018, 2.00pm–3.30pm

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018
(note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)

Play, read or relax in our Bay Window play space or try one of the self-guided activities inspired by our current exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $2 child drop-in
Bookings not required, places limited
Bay Window

More on the Museum's school holiday activities

Image right: Starfish – Archaster angulatur, by Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, 1800–04, watercolour on paper. Museum of Natural History, Le Havre

Discovery voyages school holiday program

Discovery voyages: Adventures of the seas

Tuesday 24 April 2018, 10.00am–11.30am

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018 (note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)
10–11.30am and 11.30am–1pm

Ahoy explorers and artists! Join us these school holidays for art and science activities inspired by our exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

Be part of Captain Baudin’s crew and make your own telescope, then work with an artist from NatureArt Lab to paint your own nature-inspired artwork and share your family’s journey on our giant map.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply) 
Bay Window

More on the Museum's school holiday activities

Time Traveller’s Book Club: Osman’s Dream

Tuesday 24 April 2018, 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 of Australia.

This month’s book is Osman’s Dream: The Story of the Ottoman Empire 13001923 by Caroline Finkel.

A sweeping history of the Ottoman dynasty that for six centuries held sway over territories stretching from Hungary to the Persian Gulf, and from North Africa to the Caucasus.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Discovery voyages school holiday program

Discovery voyages: Adventures of the seas

Tuesday 24 April 2018, 11.30am–1.00pm

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018 (note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)
10–11.30am and 11.30am–1pm

Ahoy explorers and artists! Join us these school holidays for art and science activities inspired by our exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

Be part of Captain Baudin’s crew and make your own telescope, then work with an artist from NatureArt Lab to paint your own nature-inspired artwork and share your family’s journey on our giant map.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply) 
Bay Window

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‘So That You Might Know Each Other’ lecture

Tuesday 24 April 2018, 12.30pm–1.30pm

This lecture traces the origins of the phrase, ‘So that you might know each other’. Taken from a verse of the Holy Qur’an, it is a source of inspiration and guidance for the Muslim world and beyond, reminding us of the value of respect and human equality.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends full members
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

Presented by Muhammed Aksu and Dylan Esteban from the Bluestar Intercultural Centre, an organisation established by Muslims in Canberra to build relationships between communities, this is the first in a series of lectures supporting the exhibition, ‘So That You Might Know Each Other’: Faith and Culture in Islam.

a starfish

Afternoon play space

Tuesday 24 April 2018, 2.00pm–3.30pm

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018
(note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)

Play, read or relax in our Bay Window play space or try one of the self-guided activities inspired by our current exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $2 child drop-in
Bookings not required, places limited
Bay Window

More on the Museum's school holiday activities

Image right: Starfish – Archaster angulatur, by Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, 1800–04, watercolour on paper. Museum of Natural History, Le Havre

Poster for movie, 'Cars 3'

Mkids movies – Cars 3

Tuesday 24 April 2018, 3.00pm–5.00pm

2017, rated G

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lighting McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport that he loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician who has her own plans for winning.

Cost: Mkids free, Friends full members free, $5 non-members. Join Friends
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Visions Theatre

Discovery voyages school holiday program

Discovery voyages: Adventures of the seas

Thursday 26 April 2018, 10.00am–11.30am

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018 (note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)
10–11.30am and 11.30am–1pm

Ahoy explorers and artists! Join us these school holidays for art and science activities inspired by our exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

Be part of Captain Baudin’s crew and make your own telescope, then work with an artist from NatureArt Lab to paint your own nature-inspired artwork and share your family’s journey on our giant map.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply) 
Bay Window

More on the Museum's school holiday activities

Discovery voyages school holiday program

Discovery voyages: Adventures of the seas

Thursday 26 April 2018, 11.30am–1.00pm

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018 (note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)
10–11.30am and 11.30am–1pm

Ahoy explorers and artists! Join us these school holidays for art and science activities inspired by our exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

Be part of Captain Baudin’s crew and make your own telescope, then work with an artist from NatureArt Lab to paint your own nature-inspired artwork and share your family’s journey on our giant map.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply) 
Bay Window

More on the Museum's school holiday activities

a starfish

Afternoon play space

Thursday 26 April 2018, 2.00pm–3.30pm

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018
(note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)

Play, read or relax in our Bay Window play space or try one of the self-guided activities inspired by our current exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $2 child drop-in
Bookings not required, places limited
Bay Window

More on the Museum's school holiday activities

Image right: Starfish – Archaster angulatur, by Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, 1800–04, watercolour on paper. Museum of Natural History, Le Havre

Discovery voyages school holiday program

Discovery voyages: Adventures of the seas

Friday 27 April 2018, 10.00am–11.30am

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018 (note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)
10–11.30am and 11.30am–1pm

Ahoy explorers and artists! Join us these school holidays for art and science activities inspired by our exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

Be part of Captain Baudin’s crew and make your own telescope, then work with an artist from NatureArt Lab to paint your own nature-inspired artwork and share your family’s journey on our giant map.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply) 
Bay Window

More on the Museum's school holiday activities

two boys stand in front of a dinosaur replica

Object Club: Friends and Mkids special – Muttaburrasaurus

Friday 27 April 2018, 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 Stephen Munro for this joint Friends and Mkids event and meet the Museum’s biggest resident, Muttaburrasaurus langdoni.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Meet in the Friends Lounge

Discovery voyages school holiday program

Discovery voyages: Adventures of the seas

Friday 27 April 2018, 11.30am–1.00pm

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018 (note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)
10–11.30am and 11.30am–1pm

Ahoy explorers and artists! Join us these school holidays for art and science activities inspired by our exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

Be part of Captain Baudin’s crew and make your own telescope, then work with an artist from NatureArt Lab to paint your own nature-inspired artwork and share your family’s journey on our giant map.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply) 
Bay Window

More on the Museum's school holiday activities

a starfish

Afternoon play space

Friday 27 April 2018, 2.00pm–3.30pm

Weekdays 16–20 April and 23–27 April 2018
(note: no program on Anzac Day, Wed 25 April)

Play, read or relax in our Bay Window play space or try one of the self-guided activities inspired by our current exhibition, The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $2 child drop-in
Bookings not required, places limited
Bay Window

More on the Museum's school holiday activities

Image right: Starfish – Archaster angulatur, by Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, 1800–04, watercolour on paper. Museum of Natural History, Le Havre

Paddle Steamer Enterprise on the water

PS Enterprise: Public inspection (CANCELLED)

Saturday 28 April 2018, 11.00am–2.00pm

The Paddle Steamer Enterprise is the Museum’s oldest working exhibit and is moored on Lake Burley Griffin. Come and see this beautifully restored boat. Listen to stories, as told by the volunteer crew, of a bygone era.

Please note: this event is cancelled

More on the PS Enterprise

Poster for movie, 'Son of Bigfoot'

Mkids movies – Son of Bigfoot

Saturday 28 April 2018, 3.00pm–5.00pm

2017, rated PG

Teenager Adam sets off on an epic adventure to find his long-lost father, only to discover that he is the legendary Bigfoot.

Cost: Mkids free, Friends full members free, $5 non-members. Join Friends
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Visions Theatre

a little girl

Toddler program

Wednesday 2 May 2018, 10.00am–11.00am

Time for the under-fives to have fun and explore the Museum. Join us on the first Wednesday of the month in a series of art-making, storytelling and gallery exploration activities.

Suitable for ages 3–5 years and their carers

Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential, limited spaces: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Bay Window

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Teddy Tahu Rhodes

An evening with Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Saturday 5 May 2018, 7.30pm–11.30pm

One night only, exclusive to the National Museum of Australia

Join international opera star Teddy Tahu Rhodes for an exceptional evening of entertainment and fine dining at the National Museum in Canberra.

Be enchanted by one of opera’s most captivating performers as he shares stories from his remarkable life and performs a selection of acclaimed arias, accompanied by a 13-piece orchestra, and hosted by Jonathan Biggins.

Includes a three-course meal and premium beverages. Premium tickets include a meet and greet pre-function with Teddy Tahu Rhodes from 6.45–7.15pm.

Cost:  $280 A-reserve, $400 premium
Limited tickets. Bookings essential (fees apply)
Strictly 18+

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Paddle Steamer Enterprise on the water

PS Enterprise: Public inspection (CANCELLED)

Sunday 6 May 2018, 11.00am–2.00pm

The Paddle Steamer Enterprise is the Museum’s oldest working exhibit and is moored on Lake Burley Griffin. Come and see this beautifully restored boat. Listen to stories, as told by the volunteer crew, of a bygone era.

Please note: this event is cancelled

More on the PS Enterprise

Long Journey Home: The repatriation of Indigenous remains across the frontiers of Asia and the Pacific

Monday 7 May 2018, 9.30am–4.30pm

In this series of lectures, Indigenous people at the forefront of repatriation, from New Zealand, Hawaii, Australia, the USA and Japan, share their experiences, challenges and successes in achieving the return of their ancestors from museums around the world.

Free
Registrations essential: Eventbrite
Visions Theatre

This event is co-hosted by the School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific (ANU); the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (ANU); and the National Museum of Australia.

More on the Long Journey Home

Christina Sumner
Christina Sumner

Silk, gold and sublime artistry: The inimitable world of Islamic textiles

Wednesday 9 May 2018, 12.30pm–1.30pm

Textiles from across the Islamic world are renowned for their variety and beauty. These fine works of art reflect the enduring richness of Islamic cultures and the diverse societies within which they were produced. Christina Sumner OAM, weaver, teacher and former curator at the Powerhouse Museum, will draw on artefacts displayed in the ‘So That You Might Know Each Other’ exhibition to explore the central role textiles play in Islamic societies and the cultural meanings inherent in and conveyed by them.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends full members
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

Friends welcome tour

Friends new member welcome tour

Saturday 12 May 2018, 10.00am–11.30am

Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends

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 galleries.

Bookings essential: Eventbrite

Meet in the Friends Lounge

Time Traveller’s Book Club: The Diary of Samuel Pepys

Tuesday 29 May 2018, 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 of Australia.

This month, we’ll be discussing The Diary of Samuel Pepys: A Selection by Samuel Pepys and Robert Latham (ed.), Penguin, 2003.

Pepys was an eyewitness to some of the key events in English history in the 1660s – the Restoration, the Dutch War, the Great Plague and the Fire of London. His diaries document these tumultuous years while providing an insight into his personal life.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

a little girl

Toddler program

Wednesday 6 June 2018, 10.00am–11.00am

Time for the under-fives to have fun and explore the Museum. Join us on the first Wednesday of the month in a series art-making, storytelling and gallery exploration activities.

Suitable for ages 3–5 years and their carers

Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential, limited spaces: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Bay Window

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Amin Saikal
Amin Saikal

Introduction to Islam

Thursday 14 June 2018, 12.30pm–1.30pm

Professor Amin Saikal AM FASSA, Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University, is a specialist in the politics, history, political economy and international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia. In this ‘So That You Might Know Each Other’ lecture, he will provide an introduction to Islam and the foundations of this global religion.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends full members
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

Time Traveller’s Book Club: Ochre and Rust

Tuesday 26 June 2018, 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 of Australia.

This month’s book is Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers by Philip Jones, Wakefield Press.

Historian and curator Philip Jones presents a new history of colonial Australia, with nine museum objects positioned at the centre of some gripping and poignant stories of life on the frontier.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

a little girl

Toddler program

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 10.00am–11.00am

Time for the under-fives to have fun and explore the Museum. Join us on the first Wednesday of the month in a series art-making, storytelling and gallery exploration activities.

Suitable for ages 3–5 years and their carers

Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential, limited spaces: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Bay Window

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Sam Bowker
Sam Bowker

A dialogue of objects: Implications of Islamic art

Thursday 5 July 2018, 12.30pm–1.30pm

Sam Bowker, lecturer in art history and visual culture at Charles Sturt University, will share his favourite things from the exhibition 'So That You Might Know Each Other' to reveal unexpected relationships with contemporary art and design. Through innovative, audacious, intricate and unusual objects, this lecture will outline some of the complications that situate ‘Islamic’ art as a challenging and global field.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends full members
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre
National Museum of Australia

STYMKEO Inner Apartment lecture
Image courtesy Nishi Gallery

The Inner Apartment: Contemporary Australian Muslim art

Thursday 19 July 2018, 12.30pm–1.30pm

The Inner Apartment: Contemporary Australian Muslim art

On show at the Nishi Gallery, New Acton, The Inner Apartment explores the fractured beauty of the sacred and the mundane. Featuring works by Shireen Taweel, Hoda Afshar and Leila El Rayes, the exhibition examines the ways in which usually private, spiritual and deeply personal matters of the heart and mind have been turned inside out and thrust into the public domain. Join curator Nur Shkembi and artists as they discuss their work and the ideas behind the exhibition.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends full members
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre
National Museum of Australia

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