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Get messy with Grandma or Grandpa

Wednesday 2 September 2015, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends program

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

Cost: $10 family and Essentials members; $5 full Friends members; full concession members free. Includes refreshments.

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

Garden Room

The Ultimate Father’s Day Experience

Sunday 6 September 2015, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Treat Dad to an Ultimate Museum Experience this Father's Day, with a guided tour, a meal and a glass of wine at our stunning waterfront cafe, plus a voucher to receive 10 per cent off purchases at the Museum Shop.  (The Museum Shop discount applies to full-priced items, single transaction only, and cannot be redeemed for cash).

Tour times: 10am, 1pm and 3pm

Museum Cafe: open 9am–5pm; lunch is available until 2.30pm; brunch and lunch are available on weekends and public holidays until 2.30pm; a wide selection of freshly made cakes, hot beverages and drinks are available all day.

Museum Shop: open weekdays 10am–5pm; weekends/public holidays 9am–5pm

Cost: $35 per person (with a guided tour)

Tickets available at the information desk or online through the Eventbrite website

Friends welcome tour

New Members' Welcome Tour

Saturday 12 September 2015, 10:00am to 11:30am

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

Highlights tour of the Museum galleries.
FREE. Limited numbers
Bookings essential, through the Eventbrite website, by emailbookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours)

Meet in the Friends Lounge

Judy West

Landmark women: Dr Judy West

Friday 18 September 2015, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends program

Landmark women celebrates the lives and passions of distinguished women living and working in Canberra. This month we welcome Dr Judy West, the Executive Director of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Dr West oversees Parks Australia’s science and natural resource management activities. Judy has more than 25 years’ experience in scientific research and policy, as a research scientist in CSIRO Plant Industry and as Director of both the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research and the Australian National Herbarium. She holds an adjunct professorial position at the Australian National University

Cost: $10 non-members and Essentials members; $5 full Friends members; full concession members free. Includes refreshments.

Bookings essential, through the Eventbrite website, by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).

Visions Theatre and Friends Lounge

Night at the Museum: Chance

Night at the Museum: Chance

Friday 18 September 2015, 6:00pm to 9:30pm

To take a chance is to experiment with the unknown, to face failure or wild success. There are no guarantees.

For one night, experience the chances others have taken, and take some of your own. A night complete with bars, food, music and art.

Cost: $10; Museum Friends full members free

Over-18s only. Tickets available online through Eventbrite

More on Night at the Museum: Chance

Remembering

The Museum at Floriade 2015

Monday 21 September 2015, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Have you got an object from the First World War?

Come visit the National Museum interactive stand and share an image of your object and your connection to it.

At the stand, you can upload the image onto the Museum’s new interactive website Remembering 1914-18: Objects, Stories and Emotions. Museum curators will be on hand to provide assistance.

Explore contributions by others and tag events and objects with suitable emotions. Help us create an enduring digital archive of Australians’ experience of the First World War.

Find us at the Inspiration Hub near the Regatta Point entrance. The Floriade website has a map along with more information about the 2015 Floriade program.

Paul Barclay
Paul Barclay

What is a ‘Defining Moment’ in Australian History?

Thursday 24 September 2015, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Join leading Australian thinkers George Megalogenis, Clare Wright, Jackie Huggins and Gideon Haigh as they discuss what makes a ‘defining moment’ and how Australia has been shaped by such events. The panel will be recorded in front of a live audience and moderated by ABC RN's Big Ideas presenter, Paul Barclay.

This is the first in a series of panel discussions organised in partnership with Radio National that will explore the themes of the National Museum’s ground-breaking Defining Moments project.

Refreshments will be provided.

Cost is free, but registration is required online via Eventbrite

Visions Theatre

Fog projection

Haunting performance

Friday 25 September 2015, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Haunting is an experimental work produced by Museum artist-in-residence Vic McEwan and curator George Main. Join Vic, artistic director of The Cad Factory, and George on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River as they explore how images of objects blend with air, smoke, fog, water and time to reveal how the past stretches through place into our present.

Duration: The show will start at 6.30pm and run for approximately 40 minutes.

Wet weather: This is an outdoor event taking place next to the Murrumbidgee River and is weather dependent. If we cancel due to extreme weather we will notify people via text message.

What to wear? Warm clothes and sensible shoes.

Venue: ‘Lambrigg’, Tidbinbilla Road, Tharwa. 

How to get there? The site is only accessible by car. Make your way to Point Hut Crossing near the southern suburb of Gordon. Follow Point Hut Road to its T-intersection with Tidbinbilla Road. Turn left into Tidbinbilla Road and drive towards Tharwa for two kilometres.

Parking: Car parking is available on site.

Cost: Free.

Bookings essential online via Eventbrite

Vic McEwan’s residency is supported by Arts NSW and HotelHotel.

More on Vic's work on our People & Environment blog

 

A child wearing a rabbit mask.

Discovery Space: Native or Feral?

Tuesday 29 September 2015, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Hourly sessions start at 10am, 11am and 12 noon

Learn about native and introduced species in Australia and how they have affected the environment.

Now extinct, thylacines, or Tasmanian tigers, were once thought of as vermin. Can you imagine what they were like? Were they ferocious or gentle, crazy or calm?

Create your own mask and see through the eyes of a thylacine as you walk through the Old New Land gallery to find one. On the way, make an introduced species and add to our Fenced Ferals installation along the Circa corridor, with artist Amanda Stuart.

Tuesday 29 September – Friday 2 October 2015
Tuesday 6 October – Friday 9 October 2015
Please note there are three separate one-hour sessions.

Session cost: $3 children, adults free; child on Friends full membership free.
Buy session tickets on the day at the Information Desk.

A child wearing a rabbit mask.

Discovery Space: Native or Feral?

Wednesday 30 September 2015, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Hourly sessions start at 10am, 11am and 12 noon

Learn about native and introduced species in Australia and how they have affected the environment.

Now extinct, thylacines, or Tasmanian tigers, were once thought of as vermin. Can you imagine what they were like? Were they ferocious or gentle, crazy or calm?

Create your own mask and see through the eyes of a thylacine as you walk through the Old New Land gallery to find one. On the way, make an introduced species and add to our Fenced Ferals installation along the Circa corridor, with artist Amanda Stuart.

Tuesday 29 September – Friday 2 October 2015
Tuesday 6 October – Friday 9 October 2015
Please note there are three separate one-hour sessions.

Session cost: $3 children, adults free; child on Friends full membership free.
Buy session tickets on the day at the Information Desk.

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