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An illustration of several plants

Acquisition preview

Thursday 2 June 2016, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes, is a rare illustrated account of Nicolas Baudin’s 1800–1804 French expedition that mapped Australia’s unchartered coastlines.

Join Dr Mathew Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia, to preview this beautifully illustrated volume. Dr Trinca will also introduce the Museum’s new acquisition appeal, Keeping Our Stories Alive. This will be followed by an illustrated talk by Michelle Hetherington, Senior Curator, who will explain the significance of Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes to the history of the discovery of Australia.

Free event (limited tickets available)
Bookings essential, online through Eventbrite or email or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
The Hall, National Museum of Australia

LEGO mosaic community build

Monday 13 June 2016, 9:00am to 5:00pm

May end earlier if the mosaic is complete.

LEGO fans and builders are invited to help build a massive LEGO mosaic. The mosaic will go on permanent display at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children in Canberra.

The mosaic community build at the Museum is free and open to all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The mosaic build is part of the launch of the 2016 Canberra Brick Expo (tickets for the Expo available via the Brick Expo website)

Main Hall

Taking shelter in South Vietnam, 1972. Willie Phua Collection, National Museum of Singapore.

Willie Phua – Legacy of a news cameraman

Tuesday 14 June 2016, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join Singaporean news cameraman Willie Phua as he shares his extraordinary story of filming the Vietnam War and many other key events in Asia for Australian television. 

Famously, Phua was one of few people to capture images of the ‘Tank Man’ holding back the Chinese military’s tanks in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

He is being joined in conversation at the National Museum by former Australian Broadcasting Corporation foreign correspondent and biographer Bob Wurth.

This event is being held in conjunction with the pop-up display Capturing Asia: Willie Phua, News Cameraman, and was developed in partnership with the National Museum of Singapore.

Free (includes light refreshments)
Bookings essential, online through Eventbrite
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

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Night at the Museum: Play School

Night at the Museum: Play School

Friday 17 June 2016, 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Come and celebrate 50 years of Play School – hip hip hooray!

For one night only, we're hosting the biggest kids’ party, just for grown-ups. There’ll be games to play and stories to tell, craft and clocks, and old friends as well. Here’s your chance to play at the Museum after dark.

Strictly over 18s only
Tickets: pre-sale 15, $18 on the door, from 6.15pm onwards
(includes entry to the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition)
Museum Friends full members free 

Tickets available on the Eventbrite website (please note booking fees apply)

Trish Murray
Trish Murray

Culture Shop

Thursday 23 June 2016, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Experience a night of shopping with a twist!

Get 20% off purchases from the Museum Shop (no rainchecks and no further discounts apply).

Enjoy our winter style workshop featuring fashion and beauty stylist Trish Murray with this season’s clothing and accessories from the Museum Shop. Trish will also chat with featured designers from the Shop’s collection.

The Museum Bar will be open with a cash bar and delicious food from Broadbean Catering, and the ‘Maestro of Mix’ DJ Jungle Jerry providing the beats.

Free entry. Doors open from 5.45pm
Bookings essential online via Eventbrite

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