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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Saturday 1 October 2016, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (PG) 2009

Security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) mounts a mission to rescue Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and Octavius (Steve Coogan) from the archives at the Smithsonian Institution.

Cost per screening: $5 adult, children free, Friends full members free
Bookings essential: bookings@nma.gov.au or (02) 6208 5021

Visions Theatre

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 2 October 2016, 11.00am – 2.00pm

TODAY'S INSPECTION IS CANCELLED

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

Dawn and diaspora lecture

Sunday 2 October 2016, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Part of A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum lecture series

What do objects from the past reveal about human cultures across time? How do we make sense of two million years of human history?

Associate Professor Tim Denham from the Australian National University as he discusses the rise of early humans and their migration out of Africa and around the world. 

Cost: $15 adult or $25 with exhibition entry; $10 concession or $20 with exhibition entry; $7.50 Friends full members or $15 with exhibition entry
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

Visions Theatre 

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Medieval space

Discovery Space: Medieval Space

Tuesday 4 October 2016, 10.00am – 11.30am

Go back in time and imagine life in the Middle Ages by helping to build a castle and making your own medieval headgear to take home.

Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Cost: $10 child, free for children of Friends full members

Your Discovery Space ticket entitles children to half-price exhibition entry ($4) and two accompanying adults per child entry at the concession rate ($15). Show your ticket at the Information Desk for a discount on the day of your booking.

Children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Hall

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Medieval space

Discovery Space: Medieval Space

Tuesday 4 October 2016, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Go back in time and imagine life in the Middle Ages by helping to build a castle and making your own medieval headgear to take home.

Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Cost: $10 child, free for children of Friends full members

Your Discovery Space ticket entitles children to half-price exhibition entry ($4) and two accompanying adults per child entry at the concession rate ($15). Show your ticket at the Information Desk for a discount on the day of your booking.

Children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Hall

More on Discovery Space

Afternoon play space

Tuesday 4 October 2016, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Play, read, relax or try a self-guided activity linked to the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Tuesday 4 October 2016, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG) 2014

Larry Daley travels to London to return the Egyptian artefact that causes exhibits to come to life, before the magic is gone forever.

Cost per screening: $5 adult, children free, Friends full members free
Bookings essential: bookings@nma.gov.au or (02) 6208 5021

Visions Theatre

Medieval space

Discovery Space: Medieval Space

Wednesday 5 October 2016, 10.00am – 11.30am

Go back in time and imagine life in the Middle Ages by helping to build a castle and making your own medieval headgear to take home.

Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Cost: $10 child, free for children of Friends full members

Your Discovery Space ticket entitles children to half-price exhibition entry ($4) and two accompanying adults per child entry at the concession rate ($15). Show your ticket at the Information Desk for a discount on the day of your booking.

Children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Hall

More on Discovery Space

Medieval space

Discovery Space: Medieval Space

Wednesday 5 October 2016, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Go back in time and imagine life in the Middle Ages by helping to build a castle and making your own medieval headgear to take home.

Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Cost: $10 child, free for children of Friends full members

Your Discovery Space ticket entitles children to half-price exhibition entry ($4) and two accompanying adults per child entry at the concession rate ($15). Show your ticket at the Information Desk for a discount on the day of your booking.

Children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Hall

More on Discovery Space

Afternoon play space

Wednesday 5 October 2016, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Play, read, relax or try a self-guided activity linked to the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window

Medieval space

Discovery Space: Medieval Space

Thursday 6 October 2016, 10.00am – 11.30am

Go back in time and imagine life in the Middle Ages by helping to build a castle and making your own medieval headgear to take home.

Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Cost: $10 child, free for children of Friends full members

Your Discovery Space ticket entitles children to half-price exhibition entry ($4) and two accompanying adults per child entry at the concession rate ($15). Show your ticket at the Information Desk for a discount on the day of your booking.

Children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Hall

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Medieval space

Discovery Space: Medieval Space

Thursday 6 October 2016, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Go back in time and imagine life in the Middle Ages by helping to build a castle and making your own medieval headgear to take home.

Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Cost: $10 child, free for children of Friends full members

Your Discovery Space ticket entitles children to half-price exhibition entry ($4) and two accompanying adults per child entry at the concession rate ($15). Show your ticket at the Information Desk for a discount on the day of your booking.

Children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Hall

More on Discovery Space

Afternoon play space

Thursday 6 October 2016, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Play, read, relax or try a self-guided activity linked to the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window

Medieval space

Discovery Space: Medieval Space

Friday 7 October 2016, 10.00am – 11.30am

Go back in time and imagine life in the Middle Ages by helping to build a castle and making your own medieval headgear to take home.

Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Cost: $10 child, free for children of Friends full members

Your Discovery Space ticket entitles children to half-price exhibition entry ($4) and two accompanying adults per child entry at the concession rate ($15). Show your ticket at the Information Desk for a discount on the day of your booking.

Children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Hall

More on Discovery Space

Medieval space

Discovery Space: Medieval Space

Friday 7 October 2016, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Go back in time and imagine life in the Middle Ages by helping to build a castle and making your own medieval headgear to take home.

Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Cost: $10 child, free for children of Friends full members

Your Discovery Space ticket entitles children to half-price exhibition entry ($4) and two accompanying adults per child entry at the concession rate ($15). Show your ticket at the Information Desk for a discount on the day of your booking.

Children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Hall

More on Discovery Space

Afternoon play space

Friday 7 October 2016, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Play, read, relax or try a self-guided activity linked to the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window

A man looking at a row of cars.

MG Car Club Canberra MG TYme display

Saturday 8 October 2016, 10.00am – 3.00pm

Come and marvel at the MG Car Club Canberra’s remarkable collection of historic vehicles, including the iconic MG model Ts (1936–55) and MG model Ys (1947–53).

Free
Museum Forecourt

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 8 October 2016, 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

Polographia
Polographia

Sundaze at the Museum Bar

Sunday 9 October 2016, 3.00pm – 7.00pm

It's spring and the Museum Bar is back!

Join us for Sundaze with quality DJs, live acts and great food and drinks by the shore of Lake Burley Griffin.

Sundays from 9 October, kicking off with music from the electric Sydney duo Polographia and local sensation Kanion.

Food and drink available for purchase from the Pimms and Gin Bar, Roasted Bites and more.

Free entry
Lakeside Deck

A History of the World in 100 Objects – in conversation with ABC RN

Tuesday 11 October 2016, 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Join a special guest panel hosted by RN Breakfast host Fran Kelly. The panel will explore the challenges for museums to preserve and share the value of collections spanning two million years of human history.

More information on the panellists

Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, free for Friends
Visions Theatre

Election badges exhibition talk

Thursday 13 October 2016, 12.30pm – 1.00pm

Join Natalie Ison from the National Museum of Australia for a pop-up talk about the United States election badges, her favourite object from the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Free after exhibition entry
Booking essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

More on the pop-up talks

Coffin of Shephenmayt, painted with a green face and hieroglyphs.
© Trustees of the British Museum.

Cradle of civilisation lecture

Friday 14 October 2016, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Part of A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum lecture series

What do objects from the past reveal about human cultures across time? How do we make sense of two million years of human history?

Join Stephen Bourke from the University of Sydney and Dr Luis Siddall from the University of London and Macquarie University for an insight into the early cities and civilisations of the first millenniums.

Cost: $15 adult or $25 with exhibition entry; $10 concession or $20 with exhibition entry; $7.50 Friends full members or $15 with exhibition entry
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Visions Theatre 

More on A History of the World in 100 Objects lecture series

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 16 October 2016, 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

Fifty ‘manillas’ exhibition talk

Sunday 16 October 2016, 12.30pm – 1.00pm

Join Helen Casey from the National Museum of Australia for a pop-up talk on the fifty manillas, her favourite object from the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Free after exhibition entry
Booking essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

More on the pop-up talks

Head of Augustus
© Trustees of the British Museum

Rise of the empires lecture

Sunday 16 October 2016, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Part of A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum lecture series

What do objects from the past reveal about human cultures across time? How do we make sense of two million years of human history?

Join Professor Elizabeth Minchin from the Australian National University, Dr Paul Donnelly from Sydney University Museums and Dr Lily Withycombe from the National Museum of Australia as they explore the stories behind some of the ancient objects on show in the exhibition.

Cost: $15 adult or $25 with exhibition entry; $10 concession or $20 with exhibition entry; $7.50 Friends full members or $15 with exhibition entry
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Visions Theatre

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Flood tablet
© Trustees of the British Museum

Flood tablet exhibition talk

Thursday 20 October 2016, 12.30pm – 1.00pm

Join Robert Bunzli from the National Museum of Australia for a pop-up talk on the flood tablet found at Nineveh, Iraq, his favourite object from the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Free after exhibition entry
Booking essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

More on the pop-up talks

Visitors at the Museum.

Museum Friends welcome tour

Saturday 22 October 2016, 10.00am – 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 highlights tour of the Museum.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite or bookings@nma.gov.au or (02) 6208 5021
Meet in the Friends Lounge

Paddle Steamer Enterprise on the water

Paddle Steamer ‘Enterprise’ lunch Ultimate Museum Experience

Saturday 22 October 2016, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Note: There are three sessions for the Enterprise experience, starting at 11am, 12pm and 1pm

Join us for an exclusive experience on board the National Museum’s oldest working object, the PS Enterprise, followed by lunch in our waterfront Museum Cafe.

More on the Enterprise

Cost: $120
Bookings essential: bookings@nma.gov.au or (02) 6208 5021
Suitable for 12+ years

War shield exhibition talk

Sunday 23 October 2016, 12.30pm – 1.00pm

Join Dr Ian Coates from the National Museum of Australia for a pop-up talk on the war shield from Papua New Guinea, his favourite object from the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Free after exhibition entry
Booking essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

More on the pop-up talks

Book cover: After the Ice

Time Traveller’s Book Club – After the Ice

Tuesday 25 October 2016, 11.00am – 12.30pm

Museum Friends only

The Time Traveller’s Book Club takes a romp through history, led by Dr Mike Smith, archaeologist and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the National Museum.

This month’s book is After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000–5000 BC, by Steven Mithen, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2003.

After the Ice takes the reader on a sweeping tour of 15,000 years of human history. Visit and observe communities and landscapes and  experience prehistoric life, from Aboriginal hunting parties in Tasmania to the corralling of wild sheep in the central Sahara.

This historical non-fiction book club meets on the last Tuesday of each month. Friends are encouraged to attend, even if they haven’t always read the book. Mike has compiled a reading list for the first 12 months and members are encouraged to make suggestions.

Cost: Friends full members free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite, or bookings@nma.gov.au or (02) 6208 5021

Lewis chessmen exhibition talk

Thursday 27 October 2016, 12.30pm – 1.00pm

Join Dr Michael Pickering from the National Museum of Australia for a pop-up talk on the Lewis chessmen, his favourite object from the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

Free after exhibition entry
Booking essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

More on the pop-up talks

chess pieces
© Trustees of the British Museum

Object Club – the Lewis chessmen

Friday 28 October 2016, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Hear the remarkable story behind the Lewis chessmen, Dr Michael Pickering’s favourite object from the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum

Object Club explores different facets of objects and their place in history.

Exclusive to Museum Friends. Join Friends
Free
Friends Lounge

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