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two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Monday 4 July 2016, 10:00am to 11:30am

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Monday 4 July 2016, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

Bay Window play space

Monday 4 July 2016, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Play, read or relax in our colourful Bay Window play space. Curl up with a book or try one of the drawing or self-guided activities.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
2–3.30pm, free, all ages
Main Hall

glazed stoneware pot covered with Indigenous artwork

Gallery of First Australians guided tour

Monday 4 July 2016, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Join one of our hosts for a tour of the Gallery of First Australians, which explores diverse histories and cultures from the deep past to the present.

Free

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two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 10:00am to 11:30am

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

Bay Window play space

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Play, read or relax in our colourful Bay Window play space. Curl up with a book or try one of the drawing or self-guided activities.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
2–3.30pm, free, all ages
Main Hall

glazed stoneware pot covered with Indigenous artwork

Gallery of First Australians guided tour

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Join one of our hosts for a tour of the Gallery of First Australians, which explores diverse histories and cultures from the deep past to the present.

Free

More on NAIDOC Week

Artist-in-residence Sid Bruce Short Joe

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 10:00am to 2:30pm

Join Sid Bruce Short Joe from Pormpuraaw Arts and Cultural Centre, Cape York, as he shares the story behind his ghost net sculptures, created from abandoned fishing lines and nets.

Main Hall

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two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 10:00am to 11:30am

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

Bay Window play space

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Play, read or relax in our colourful Bay Window play space. Curl up with a book or try one of the drawing or self-guided activities.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
2–3.30pm, free, all ages
Main Hall

glazed stoneware pot covered with Indigenous artwork

Gallery of First Australians guided tour

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Join one of our hosts for a tour of the Gallery of First Australians, which explores diverse histories and cultures from the deep past to the present.

Free

More on NAIDOC Week

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Thursday 7 July 2016, 10:00am to 11:30am

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

a double outrigger canoe

Open Collections guided tour

Thursday 7 July 2016, 10:00am to 10:30am

Go behind the scenes and join a curator from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples team for a special guided tour of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects in our Open Collections area.

Free

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a double outrigger canoe

Open Collections guided tour

Thursday 7 July 2016, 10:30am to 11:00am

Go behind the scenes and join a curator from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples team for a special guided tour of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects in our Open Collections area.

Free

More on NAIDOC Week

a double outrigger canoe

Open Collections guided tour

Thursday 7 July 2016, 11:00am to 11:30am

Go behind the scenes and join a curator from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples team for a special guided tour of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects in our Open Collections area.

Free

More on NAIDOC Week

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Thursday 7 July 2016, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

a double outrigger canoe

Open Collections guided tour

Thursday 7 July 2016, 11:30am to 12:00pm

Go behind the scenes and join a curator from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples team for a special guided tour of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects in our Open Collections area.

Free

More on NAIDOC Week

Bay Window play space

Thursday 7 July 2016, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Play, read or relax in our colourful Bay Window play space. Curl up with a book or try one of the drawing or self-guided activities.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
2–3.30pm, free, all ages
Main Hall

A poster image of the children's movie, Inside Out

School holidays film series – Inside Out

Thursday 7 July 2016, 2:30pm to 4:10pm

Inside Out (PG) 2015, Director Pete Docter

Young Riley was perfectly content with her life until her father landed a new job in San Francisco, and the family moved across the country. Now, as Riley prepares to navigate a new city and attend a new school, her emotional headquarters becomes a hot bed of activity. As Joy (voice of Amy Poehler) tries to keep Riley feeling happy and positive about the move, other emotions like Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) make the transition a bit more complicated.

Cost: Adults $5, children free, Friends full membership free. Join Friends
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website (booking fees apply), by emailing bookings@nma.gov.au or phoning (02) 6208 5021 (business hours)
Visions Theatre

glazed stoneware pot covered with Indigenous artwork

Gallery of First Australians guided tour

Thursday 7 July 2016, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Join one of our hosts for a tour of the Gallery of First Australians, which explores diverse histories and cultures from the deep past to the present.

Free

More on NAIDOC Week

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Friday 8 July 2016, 10:00am to 11:30am

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Friday 8 July 2016, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

Bay Window play space

Friday 8 July 2016, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Play, read or relax in our colourful Bay Window play space. Curl up with a book or try one of the drawing or self-guided activities.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
2–3.30pm, free, all ages
Main Hall

glazed stoneware pot covered with Indigenous artwork

Gallery of First Australians guided tour

Friday 8 July 2016, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Join one of our hosts for a tour of the Gallery of First Australians, which explores diverse histories and cultures from the deep past to the present.

Free

More on NAIDOC Week

A poster image of the children's movie, Home

School holidays film series – Home

Saturday 9 July 2016, 2:30pm to 4:10pm

Home (PG) 2015, Director Tim Johnson

When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word home.

Cost: Adults $5, children free, Friends full membership free. Join Friends
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website (booking fees apply), by emailing bookings@nma.gov.au or phoning (02) 6208 5021 (business hours)
Visions Theatre

glazed stoneware pot covered with Indigenous artwork

Gallery of First Australians guided tour

Saturday 9 July 2016, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Join one of our hosts for a tour of the Gallery of First Australians, which explores diverse histories and cultures from the deep past to the present.

Free

More on NAIDOC Week

glazed stoneware pot covered with Indigenous artwork

Gallery of First Australians guided tour

Sunday 10 July 2016, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Join one of our hosts for a tour of the Gallery of First Australians, which explores diverse histories and cultures from the deep past to the present.

Free

More on NAIDOC Week

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Monday 11 July 2016, 10:00am to 11:30am

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Monday 11 July 2016, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

Bay Window play space

Monday 11 July 2016, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Play, read or relax in our colourful Bay Window play space. Curl up with a book or try one of the drawing or self-guided activities.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
2–3.30pm, free, all ages
Main Hall

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Tuesday 12 July 2016, 10:00am to 11:30am

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Tuesday 12 July 2016, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

Bay Window play space

Tuesday 12 July 2016, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Play, read or relax in our colourful Bay Window play space. Curl up with a book or try one of the drawing or self-guided activities.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
2–3.30pm, free, all ages
Main Hall

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Wednesday 13 July 2016, 10:00am to 11:30am

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Wednesday 13 July 2016, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

Bay Window play space

Wednesday 13 July 2016, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Play, read or relax in our colourful Bay Window play space. Curl up with a book or try one of the drawing or self-guided activities.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
2–3.30pm, free, all ages
Main Hall

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Thursday 14 July 2016, 10:00am to 11:30am

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Thursday 14 July 2016, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

Bay Window play space

Thursday 14 July 2016, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Play, read or relax in our colourful Bay Window play space. Curl up with a book or try one of the drawing or self-guided activities.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
2–3.30pm, free, all ages
Main Hall

A poster image of the children's movie, The Peanuts Movie

School holidays film series – The Peanuts Movie

Thursday 14 July 2016, 2:30pm to 4:10pm

The Peanuts Movie (G) 2015, Director Steve Martino

Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-enemy, the Red Baron. The Peanuts Movie proves that every underdog has his day.

Cost: Adults $5, children free, Friends full membership free. Join Friends
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website (booking fees apply), by emailing bookings@nma.gov.au or phoning (02) 6208 5021 (business hours)
Visions Theatre

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Friday 15 July 2016, 10:00am to 11:30am

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

two brightly dressed children sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and their arms stretched up above their heads. Behind them are three white, differently shaped window props.

Discovery Space: Play School - What's behind the Windows

Friday 15 July 2016, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Be a Play School scriptwriter and presenter behind the Museum's amazing windows! Tour the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition, create your own episode on a scrolling TV to take home, play in our cubby and story space, and star in our Play School studio.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
Two sessions daily: 10–11.30 am and 11.30 am – 1pm
Cost: $10 child aged 5+, $5 child under-5, free for children on Friends full membership
Limited places and children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website
Main Hall

Bay Window play space

Friday 15 July 2016, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Play, read or relax in our colourful Bay Window play space. Curl up with a book or try one of the drawing or self-guided activities.

Weekdays Monday 4 July – Friday 15 July 2016
2–3.30pm, free, all ages
Main Hall

a poster image of the children's movie, a Good Dinosaur

School holidays film series – The Good Dinosaur

Saturday 16 July 2016, 2:30pm to 4:10pm

The Good Dinosaur (PG) 2015, Director Peter Sohn

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While travelling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Cost: Adults $5, children free, Friends full membership free. Join Friends
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website (booking fees apply), by emailing bookings@nma.gov.au or phoning (02) 6208 5021 (business hours)
Visions Theatre

Great Big Adventure Festival

Great Big Adventure Festival

Sunday 17 July 2016, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Come and celebrate Play School’s 50th birthday and enjoy Museum adventures, puppets, craft activities, dress-ups, tea parties, toys and a special story time with Play School presenters Teo and Emma. 

Free (some activities have a small charge)
The day's program repeats 10am to noon and noon to 2pm
All ages

More on the Festival program

A view of the Museum's entry.

Love your Museum – forecourt and hall redevelopment

Thursday 21 July 2016, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Museum Friends only

Be the first to hear about our new plans for the Museum forecourt and Main Hall. Join the Museum’s Greer Gehrt and Michel Starling for an exclusive preview, followed by refreshments in the Friends Lounge.

Cost: Members only. Friends full membership free. Join Friends
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website (booking fees apply), by emailing bookings@nma.gov.au or phoning (02) 6208 5021 (business hours)
Visions Theatre

a book cover of the book Woman in Arabia by Gertrude Bell

Time Traveller’s Book Club – A Woman in Arabia

Tuesday 26 July 2016, 11:00am to 12:30pm

Museum Friends only

Join our history book club with a difference, led by archaeologist and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Museum, Dr Mike Smith.

The Time Traveller’s Book Club will take a romp through history, meeting on the last Tuesday of each month, from 26 July.

The featured books are historical non-fiction and members are encouraged to come along, even if they haven’t always read the book.

Mike has compiled an eclectic reading list for the first 12 months and members are also encouraged to make suggestions.

This month’s book is:

A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert, written by Gertrude Bell, edited by Georgina Howell, Penguin Classics, 2015.

Bell, an intrepid archaeologist, was an adventurer and a contemporary of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. She helped create modern Iraq and founded the National Museum of Iraq in 1926. She was a gifted writer, and this collection of her letters is an absorbing read.

Cost: Members only. Friends full membership free. Join Friends
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website (booking fees apply), by emailing bookings@nma.gov.au or phoning (02) 6208 5021 (business hours)
Friends Lounge

19th century gown

Object Club – Springfield-Faithfull collection

Friday 29 July 2016, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends only

Join us for the first Object Club presentation, as curator Cheryl Crilly takes us for a special look at two Victorian era dresses, on show at the Museum for the first time.

Object Club gives members the chance to explore different facets of an object or collection and its place in Australian history. It also allows Museum staff to appreciate the views of club members and gain understandings about their passion for objects. 

The striking dresses from the first Object Club help us explore a rich story of migration, free settlement and the role of women’s fashion during the 19th century.

They were owned by widow Ann Deane and her daughter Mary, who married Springfield founder William Pitt Faithfull. The extensive Springfield-Faithfull collection journeyed through several generations before it was donated to the Museum. It is one of our most popular collections.

More on the Springfield-Faithfull family collection

Cost: Museum Friends only. Full Friends Membership free.
Bookings essential through the Eventbrite website (booking fees apply), by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Friends Lounge

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