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Peninsula tales - Acton tour

Peninsula Tales

Monday 1 May 2017, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Join your guide Catherine in the year 1947, as she shares her experiences, memories and stories of the Acton Peninsula on this one-hour walking tour.

This tour is part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, Friends full members free
Bookings: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

Portait of artist William Yang

Harvest of Endurance – a scroll and a concert

Thursday 4 May 2017, 6.30pm – 7.50pm

One of the Museum’s special objects, the Harvest of Endurance scroll, inspires a night of music as part of the Canberra International Music Festival.

Eighteen compositions reflect on the 18 panels of the 50-metre scroll, which documents two centuries of Chinese contact with and emigration to Australia.

See the scroll and hear performances by Ensemble Offspring, The Song Company and Luminescence Chamber Singers, with narration by William Yang. 

Cost: $67 adult, $62 concession, $30 under 30, $25 under 18
Bookings: Canberra International Music Festival website
Main Hall, National Museum of Australia

More on the concert and scroll

Peninsula tales - Acton tour

Peninsula Tales

Saturday 6 May 2017, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Join your guide Catherine in the year 1947, as she shares her experiences, memories and stories of the Acton Peninsula on this one-hour walking tour.

This tour is part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, Friends full members free
Bookings: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

Photo of paddle steamer on lake

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 7 May 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the PS Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin alongside the Museum.

The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and worked on the great rivers of south-eastern Australia for more than 100 years. Now part of the Museum’s collection, the paddle steamer is operated by a volunteer crew.

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre

Subject to crew availability and weather

More on the Enterprise

Peninsula tales - Acton tour

Peninsula Tales

Sunday 7 May 2017, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Join your guide Catherine in the year 1947, as she shares her experiences, memories and stories of the Acton Peninsula on this one-hour walking tour.

This tour is part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, Friends full members free
Bookings: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

Breakfast including coffee and pancakes

Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day weekend

Saturday 13 May 2017, 9.00am – 3.00pm

Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day with brunch or lunch at the Museum Cafe overlooking Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

Strictly limited seats are available. Request a booking by calling 02 6208 5179 or emailing info@broadbeancatering.com.au

You can also select the perfect Mother’s Day gift from the Museum Shop. Check out our selection of gifts in-store or at our online shop.

Photo of paddle steamer on lake

CANCELLED: Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 13 May 2017, 11.00am – 2.00pm

Step on board the PS Enterprise, moored on Lake Burley Griffin alongside the Museum.

The Enterprise was launched in 1878 and worked on the great rivers of south-eastern Australia for more than 100 years. Now part of the Museum’s collection, the paddle steamer is operated by a volunteer crew.

More on the Enterprise

Breakfast including coffee and pancakes

Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day

Sunday 14 May 2017, 9.00am – 3.00pm

Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day with brunch or lunch at the Museum Cafe overlooking Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

Strictly limited seats are available. Request a booking by calling 02 6208 5179 or emailing info@broadbeancatering.com.au

You can also select the perfect Mother’s Day gift from the Museum Shop. Check out our selection of gifts in-store or at our online shop.

Four men in tribal costumes, standing in front of large masks mounted on a gallery wall
Courtesy Alick Tipoti

Evolution exhibition opening

Friday 19 May 2017, 11.00am – 11.30am

Come and experience the remarkable Zugubal traditional Torres Strait Island dance group as they perform in full mask and tribal costume to mark the exhibition opening of Evolution: Torres Strait Masks.

This exhibition, prepared by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre, in partnership with the National Museum of Australia, celebrates the significance and continuing tradition of masks in the Torres Strait. Gab Titui is an initiative of the Torres Strait Regional Authority.

Main Hall
Free

Visitors at the Museum.

Museum Friends welcome tour

Saturday 20 May 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

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

Friends full members free. Join Friends
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

A photograph of an old radio, a teacup, a vase of flowers and a plate of biscuits.

SOLD OUT – Sensory objects: Curator for the day

Monday 22 May 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Bring an object from home and share a short story about why it is significant to you. Presentations will be followed by a discussion inspired by these treasured artefacts, facilitated by Beaux Guarini.

More on access

Radio National logo

SOLD OUT – Radio National panel discussion: 1967 referendum

Wednesday 24 May 2017, 6.00pm – 7.30pm

This year marks 50 years since the 1967 referendum and the ‘yes’ vote in support of removing two references in the constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Join Paul Barclay from ABC RN Big Ideas and a panel of acclaimed guests to discuss this landmark event – which was preceded by ten years of civil rights campaigning – and ask the question ‘has change truly come, or is it coming still?’

This event is part of Defining Moments in Australian History.

SOLD OUT
All ages
Visions Theatre

More on the 1967 Indigenous referendum

Black and white photo of a man drawing on the pavement with chalk
Arthur Stace.
Photo: Trevor Dallen, Fairfax Photos

Object Club: Eternity gallery

Friday 26 May 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm

Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends

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

Join senior curator Dr Sophie Jensen as we say goodbye to the Eternity gallery. Revisit the original concept for the gallery and the stories it has told over the past 16 years.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Man in a purple body suit, yellow cape and wig with an exaggerated hair style

No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie

Sunday 28 May 2017, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Doors open 1.30pm for 2pm start (79 min, PG)

SuperDeafy must reveal the man behind the cape to find true love and inspire a young deaf boy to believe in himself.

This movie follows the evolution of an unusual superhero and role model with a worldwide following.

No Ordinary Hero is the first commercial feature film to be produced exclusively by deaf executive producers and directed by a deaf director.

This heart-warming family film provides a unique opportunity to experience the world from a deaf person’s perspective.

The film is open captioned. Screening in partnership with The Deaf Society.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 child
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply) 
Visions Theatre

Book cover for The Second World War

Time Traveller’s Book Club: Second World War

Tuesday 30 May 2017, 11.00am – 12.30pm

Exclusive to Friends full members. Join Friends

Take a romp through history, led by Dr Mike Smith, archaeologist and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the National Museum.

This month’s book is The Second World War, by Antony Beevor, Orion Publishing, 2014.

Beevor provides a grand sweep of this 20th century conflict, while also focusing on the local dimensions of the unfolding tragedy. The fate of ordinary soldiers and civilisations also informs the narrative.

Free
Bookings essential:  Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Poster with men on sports bikes

Le Ride film screening

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 6.30pm – 8.00pm


2016, rated PG

Follow Phil Keoghan and his friend Ben Cornell as they attempt to recreate the original route of the 1928 Tour de France.

This was the first year an Australasian team competed in the gruelling event. Includes introduction by Australian rider Stephen Hodge and Freewheeling exhibition curator Daniel Oakman. Presented by Demand Films.

Cost: $20 (plus booking fee)
More: Demand Film
Dendy Canberra

More on our Freewheeling exhibition

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