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Musical garden

Thursday 24 April 2014, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Visit the Musical Garden of Australian Dreams where specially created interactive exhibits will tempt your musical curiosity. These instruments have been created using everyday and recycled objects. Try playing our UFOnium for an amazing other-worldy sound, or ring our metal sprinkler bells.

Free

Discovery Space: Museum maestros

Thursday 24 April 2014, 10:00am to 1:00pm

You’ll find musical instruments made out of everyday materials in the Journeys gallery. Come along to the April Discovery Space and make and play your own musical instrument using recycled materials.

Then visit the Musical Garden of Australian Dreams where specially created interactive exhibits will tempt your musical curiosity.

14–17 and 22–24 April, 10am – 1pm
Drop in activity, donations welcome

Musical garden

Friday 25 April 2014, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Visit the Musical Garden of Australian Dreams where specially created interactive exhibits will tempt your musical curiosity. These instruments have been created using everyday and recycled objects. Try playing our UFOnium for an amazing other-worldy sound, or ring our metal sprinkler bells.

Free

Musical garden

Saturday 26 April 2014, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Visit the Musical Garden of Australian Dreams where specially created interactive exhibits will tempt your musical curiosity. These instruments have been created using everyday and recycled objects. Try playing our UFOnium for an amazing other-worldy sound, or ring our metal sprinkler bells.

Free

Musical garden

Sunday 27 April 2014, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Visit the Musical Garden of Australian Dreams where specially created interactive exhibits will tempt your musical curiosity. These instruments have been created using everyday and recycled objects. Try playing our UFOnium for an amazing other-worldy sound, or ring our metal sprinkler bells.

Free

Creation station

Wednesday 30 April 2014, 10:30am to 11:30am

Access program (preschoolers)

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

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

Art workshop: Make an impression

Friday 2 May 2014, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Access program (adults)

Come, see and touch some of the many textures found in the Museum. Learn about the engraved convict love tokens in the Museum and make your own impression to take home.

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

A colour photo of a man and a young boy.

Get messy with Grandma or Grandpa

Wednesday 7 May 2014, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends program

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

Cost: $10 non-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).
Friends Lounge

Creation station

Wednesday 14 May 2014, 10:30am to 11:30am

Access program (preschoolers)

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

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

Rare book tour of the Museum library

Wednesday 14 May 2014, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Museum Friends program

Museum Friends are excited to recommence our rare book tours of the Museum's Library. The theme for this viewing is fabrics and fashion. The Library will be showcasing items which are rarely seen, including two original lace fabric sample books from about 1890, and fashion catalogues from the 1930s and 1940s.

Cost: Free. 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

Landmark women: Dr Mary-Jane Mountain

Friday 16 May 2014, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends program

Our popular program celebrating the lives of prominent women living and working in Canberra.

This month we welcome Dr Mary-Jane Mountain, a retired archaeologist, who taught at universities in the United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea and Australia from the 1960s to 2006.

Mary-Jane graduated in history and archaeology in the United Kingdom, then worked at Saffron Walden Museum in Essex. She later joined the Department of Prehistory at the University of Edinburgh, began fieldwork in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and taught at the University of PNG. In 1978 Mary-Jane came to the Australian National University in Canberra and completed a PhD that included fieldwork in a remote PNG village, with her partner and a three-month-old baby. Mary-Jane taught and mentored at the ANU for many years. Her ongoing research on archaeological materials focused on bone from extinct animal species and early human artefacts, excavated from Nombe rockshelter in New Guinea.

Cost: $10 non-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

CANCELLED - Crossing Roper Bar: Dance workshops

Friday 23 May 2014, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Crossing Roper Bar is a musical collaboration between the Young Wägilak Group from Ngukurr in Arnhem Land and the Melbourne-based Australian Art Orchestra. The performance on 30 May explores culture, ceremony and the many intersections that occur between both groups.

Please note that the dance workshops by the Young Wägilak Group have been cancelled.

 

Crossing Roper Bar: Concert

Friday 30 May 2014, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Crossing Roper Bar is a musical collaboration between the Young Wägilak Group from Ngukurr in Arnhem Land and the Melbourne-based Australian Art Orchestra featuring distinguished Australian pianist and composer, Paul Grabowsky.  The performance explores culture, ceremony and the many intersections that occur between both groups.

Doors open at 6pm for a free one-hour viewing of the Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists exhibition.

The concert commences at 7pm.  There is non-allocated seating at the event.
Light refreshments available for purchase between 6 and 7pm.

Cost:  $40, $30 Museum Friends (Full Membership holders only), $35 concession

Bookings essential. Book online through Eventbrite

A colour photograph of a woman and a girl.

Get messy with Grandma or Grandpa

Wednesday 4 June 2014, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends program

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

Cost: $10 non-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).
Friends Lounge

Old Masters lecture series

Thursday 5 June 2014, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Dr Luke Taylor: individual inspiration and social connection in western Arnhem Land

Celebrating our Old Masters exhibition, this lecture series ventures into the world of Australian bark painting. It aims to explore the dynamism and richness of Indigenous Australian cultural expression and draws on experts who continue to be inspired by this unique and fascinating cultural art form. Dr Luke Taylor is an anthropologist, accomplished author and deputy principal of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Hosted by Genevieve Jacobs from 666 ABC Canberra.

Museum Friends are invited back to the Friends Lounge for a free light lunch at 1.30pm.

Free
Bookings essential. Book online through Eventbrite
Visions Theatre

Lecture series supported by

666 ABC Canberra
Friends Lounge

New Members' Welcome Tour

Friday 6 June 2014, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Museum Friends program

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

Free
Limited numbers
Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).

Art workshop: Dream Museum

Friday 6 June 2014, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Access program (adults)

Design your own Museum! What would you have in it? Be inspired by our Garden of Australian Dreams and join a team to create a museum of the future.

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

Landmark Women: Dr Julia Newton-Howes AM

Friday 27 June 2014, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends program

Our popular program celebrating the lives of prominent women living and working in Canberra.

This month we welcome Dr Julia Newton-Howes, chief executive officer of CARE Australia. Since 2007, Julia has strived for gender equality and women's empowerment in CARE’s programs, along with growing the humanitarian aid agency's revenue and ensuring effective management. On Australia Day 2014, Julia became a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia in recognition of her significant service to the international community through executive roles with aid organisations, and to women. In 2013, she was named Telstra ACT Business Woman of the Year and won the Global category in the 2013 Financial Review – Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.

Cost: $10 non-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

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