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Australia Day at the National Museum

Thursday 26 January 2017, 8.00am – 12.00pm

Settle in and make the National Museum of Australia the place to be this Australia Day.

Family festival: A world of history and culture
10am – 2pm, all ages, free (charges apply for some activities)
Battle re-enactments, falconry, craft, games, entertainment and more
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Live music and games
5–9pm, all ages, free, Outdoor Amphitheatre
Bring a picnic or grab a pie and settle in for the Australia Day fireworks display at 9pm
More on the evening music and games 

Extended 100 Objects exhibition hours
8am – midnight! Exhibition costs apply
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Exclusive cocktail party
7–11pm
, 18+, $120, The Museum Bar
Australia Day fireworks with full VIP hospitality, entertainment and exhibition entry
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David Attenborough's VR Experiences
10 sessions from 9.30am – 4.15pm, $20
Tickets only available on the day from the Info Hub
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#AustraliaDay Your Way
Tweet a photo using #AustraliaDay as we live curate the #AustraliaDay Your Way 2017 digital exhibition with Twitter and the National Australia Day Council

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Thursday 26 January 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

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

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Object Club: James Taylor Light Horse uniform

Friday 27 January 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Exclusive to Museum Friends

Join Deputy Director Dr Janda Gooding for an insight into the personal story behind the James Taylor Light Horse uniform, new to our Journeys gallery.

The James Taylor Light Horse collection is a largely complete Light Horse uniform associated with James Samuel Taylor, a farrier with the 9th Light Horse Regiment in World War One. Taylor's tunic, leather leggings, kit bag and pay book bear his name or regimental number. 

Friends full members free
Bookings essential:  Eventbrite
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Friends Lounge

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 29 January 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

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sunday 29 January 2017, 3.00pm – 8.00pm

Join us for Sundaze with quality DJs, live acts and great food and drinks.
Special extended opening hours for the final day of A History of the World in 100 Objects 

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Free entry to our Lakeside Deck

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The Time Traveller’s Book Club

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 11.00am – 12.30pm

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

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 SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, by Mary Bear, Profile Books, 2015.

Beard shines fresh light on Roman society and culture, from slavery to running water, and explores ideas of democracy, migration, religious controversy, social mobility and exploitation in the larger context of the empire. Discover how many aspects of Roman political life, law and society are echoed in the West today.

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

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 4 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.  

More on the Enterprise

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sunday 5 February 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 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.  

More on the Enterprise

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sunday 12 February 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

Visitors at the Museum.

Museum Friends welcome tour

Saturday 18 February 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.

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

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 18 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.  

More on the Enterprise

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sunday 19 February 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

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Handling objects: Curator for the day

Monday 20 February 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 (booking 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 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.  

More on the Enterprise

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.

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 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 (booking fees apply)
Bunyip Room

More on accessibility

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

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

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