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A sculpture of an echidna.
Garth Lena, Echidna, 2006.
Photo: Australian Museum.

Discovery Space: The animal within

Tuesday 2 October 2012, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Which animal would you choose to represent you? These school holidays, be inspired by the wonderful sculptures from the Menagerie exhibition and make your own animal totem using wire and air-dry clay. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12.

Free
Tuesday to Friday 2–5 and 9–12 October, 10am – 1pm
Garden of Australian Dreams

A sculpture of an echidna.
Garth Lena, Echidna, 2006.
Photo: Australian Museum.

Discovery Space: The animal within

Wednesday 3 October 2012, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Which animal would you choose to represent you? These school holidays, be inspired by the wonderful sculptures from the Menagerie exhibition and make your own animal totem using wire and air-dry clay. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12.

Free
Tuesday to Friday 2–5 and 9–12 October, 10am – 1pm
Garden of Australian Dreams

A sculpture of an echidna.
Garth Lena, Echidna, 2006.
Photo: Australian Museum.

Discovery Space: The animal within

Thursday 4 October 2012, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Which animal would you choose to represent you? These school holidays, be inspired by the wonderful sculptures from the Menagerie exhibition and make your own animal totem using wire and air-dry clay. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12.

Free
Tuesday to Friday 2–5 and 9–12 October, 10am – 1pm
Garden of Australian Dreams

A sculpture of an echidna.
Garth Lena, Echidna, 2006.
Photo: Australian Museum.

Discovery Space: The animal within

Friday 5 October 2012, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Which animal would you choose to represent you? These school holidays, be inspired by the wonderful sculptures from the Menagerie exhibition and make your own animal totem using wire and air-dry clay. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12.

Free
Tuesday to Friday 2–5 and 9–12 October, 10am – 1pm
Garden of Australian Dreams

New members welcome and gallery tour

Friday 5 October 2012, 10:30am to 12:00pm

An opportunity for new Friends members to meet the Friends staff, have a welcoming cup of tea in the new Friends lounge, and take a guided highlights tour of the National Museum of Australia's galleries.

Cost: Members free, limited numbers
Bookings required on 6208 5048
Please meet in the Friends Lounge

A sculpture of an echidna.
Garth Lena, Echidna, 2006.
Photo: Australian Museum.

Discovery Space: The animal within

Tuesday 9 October 2012, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Which animal would you choose to represent you? These school holidays, be inspired by the wonderful sculptures from the Menagerie exhibition and make your own animal totem using wire and air-dry clay. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12.

Free
Tuesday to Friday 2–5 and 9–12 October, 10am – 1pm
Garden of Australian Dreams

A sculpture of an echidna.
Garth Lena, Echidna, 2006.
Photo: Australian Museum.

Discovery Space: The animal within

Wednesday 10 October 2012, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Which animal would you choose to represent you? These school holidays, be inspired by the wonderful sculptures from the Menagerie exhibition and make your own animal totem using wire and air-dry clay. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12.

Free
Tuesday to Friday 2–5 and 9–12 October, 10am – 1pm
Garden of Australian Dreams

Curator's talk: In the footsteps of Jeannie Gunn

Wednesday 10 October 2012, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

National Museum of Australia curator Anne-Marie Conde examines the work of Jeannie Gunn, author of The Little Black Princess (1905) and We of the Never Never (1908). The original diary that Gunn kept while at Elsey Station in the Northern Territory is on loan to the Museum and on display in the Landmarks gallery. Anne-Marie will share impressions from her June 2012 research trip to the site of the old Elsey Station homestead, considering how Gunn drew on her diary while writing the books.

Cost: $12, $8.00 friends (includes refreshments)
Bookings required on 6208 5048
Friends Lounge

A sculpture of an echidna.
Garth Lena, Echidna, 2006.
Photo: Australian Museum.

Discovery Space: The animal within

Thursday 11 October 2012, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Which animal would you choose to represent you? These school holidays, be inspired by the wonderful sculptures from the Menagerie exhibition and make your own animal totem using wire and air-dry clay. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12.

Free
Tuesday to Friday 2–5 and 9–12 October, 10am – 1pm
Garden of Australian Dreams

A sculpture of an echidna.
Garth Lena, Echidna, 2006.
Photo: Australian Museum.

Discovery Space: The animal within

Friday 12 October 2012, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Which animal would you choose to represent you? These school holidays, be inspired by the wonderful sculptures from the Menagerie exhibition and make your own animal totem using wire and air-dry clay. Suitable for children aged 5 to 12.

Free
Tuesday to Friday 2–5 and 9–12 October, 10am – 1pm
Garden of Australian Dreams

Film screening

Thursday 18 October 2012, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Put Some Colour in Your Life (CANCELLED)

Presenter-director Graeme Stevenson visits Indigenous artist Garth Lena at his home studio in Fingal, New South Wales. Garth Lena demonstrates the processes he uses to create his echidna sculpture from raw timber material. Followed by a question and answer session with Graeme Stevenson.

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

Landmark women

Friday 19 October 2012, 10:00am to 11:30am

Prominent women talk about their lives, work and passions. Our speaker for October is Marie Coleman. Marie Coleman graduated from the University of Sydney in 1953 and has worked as a society page journalist, a radio and television scriptwriter, a medical social worker, and head of a not-for-profit body concerned with social policy analysis. In 1973 she was recruited to the Australian Public Service by the newly elected Prime Minister of Australia, Gough Whitlam, and became the first woman in Australia to head a government agency – the short-lived Australian Social Welfare Commission. In retirement she works with national women's organisations to explore the gender implications of policy.

Cost: $10, $5 Friends
Bookings required on 6208 5048
Friends Lounge

Music at the Museum: access program

Monday 22 October 2012, 10:00am to 11:30am

The Museum continues its popular music workshops for people with disabilities. Facilitated by music therapist Julie Wright.

Come and join in the fun and explore what the Museum has to offer through music and movement.

For adults (16 years and over)
Free
Bookings essential by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours)
Meet at the Information Desk

If you are deaf, hearing or speech impaired you can call the Museum through the National Relay Service: TTY 1800 555 677; Speak and Listen 1800 555 727; Internet relay and please request 1800 026 132.

View more information about our access programs

Friends Lounge

Hosted: talk and tour on the Museum's architecture

Thursday 25 October 2012, 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Our Museum hosts are a wealth of untapped knowledge. In this series of talks with tours they introduce Friends to objects in the Museum for which they have a passion, or explore a particular theme that runs through the galleries. In October our host will be speaking about the architecture of the Museum and the Garden of Australian Dreams.

Cost: $12, $8 Friends (includes refreshments)
Bookings essential by email friends@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5048 (business hours)
Friends Lounge and the Garden of Australian Dreams
Limited numbers

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