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Peninsula tales - Acton tour

Peninsula Tales

Sunday 30 April 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)

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)

Photo of paddle steamer on lake

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.

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre

Subject to crew availability and weather

More on the Enterprise

Photo of map of Tasmania

Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 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 curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

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 is the latest cultural maintenance exhibition by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre and celebrates the significance and continuing tradition of masks in the Torres Strait.

This program and exhibition is supported by the Torres Strait Regional Authority.

Main Hall
Free

Photo of map of Tasmania

Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 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 curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

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

Photo of map of Tasmania

Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 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 curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Photo of map of Tasmania

Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 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 curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

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

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.

Cost: $10, includes morning tea
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Bunyip Room

More on access

Photo of map of Tasmania

Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 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 curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Photo of map of Tasmania

Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 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 curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Radio National logo

Radio National panel discussion: 67 Referendum

Wednesday 24 May 2017, 6.00pm – 7.30pm

This year marks 50 years since the referendum when Australians voted overwhelmingly to alter the constitution, allowing Aboriginal people to be counted in the census and be subject to Commonwealth law.

Join RN at the National Museum with a panel of acclaimed guests to discuss this landmark decision and where to from here. This event is part of Defining Moments in Australian History.

All ages
Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends full members
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Visions Theatre

More on the 1967 Indigenous referendum

Photo of map of Tasmania

Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 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 curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Photo of map of Tasmania

Object Club: Characters of Hobart

Friday 19 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 curator Catriona Donnelly to discuss the characters of Hobart revealed through the James Sprent and Dudley Fereday collections.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

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

Sensory objects: Blood, sweat and gears

Monday 19 June 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Sensory objects is a participatory, sensory workshop held on the third Monday of every month. Join facilitator Beaux Guarini as we explore objects and stories using sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.

Discover cycling’s contribution to Australian life, from its role in the emancipation of women to cultivating a national sporting identity.

Cost: $10, includes morning tea
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Bunyip Room

Book cover for The Isles

Time Traveller’s Book Club: The Isles

Tuesday 27 June 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 Isles: A History, by Norman Davies, Oxford University Press, 1999.

Davies delivers a big-picture history of the British Isles in this concise, easy to read and entertaining book. Britain and Ireland are viewed not so much as isolated islands, but as an intrinsic part of Europe.

Free
Bookings essential:  Eventbrite
Friends Lounge

Sensory objects: A taste of East meets West

Monday 17 July 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Handling objects is a participatory, sensory workshop held on the third Monday of every month. Join facilitator Beaux Guarini as we explore objects and stories using sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.

Discover how the gold rush brought Chinese market gardens to rural Australia, then delve into the ways new produce and flavours have changed our palate forever.

Cost: $10, includes morning tea
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Bunyip Room

Sensory objects: Pleasures of play

Monday 21 August 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Handling objects is a participatory, sensory workshop held on the third Monday of every month. Join facilitator Beaux Guarini as we explore objects and stories using sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.

Rediscover the joy of play, as we delve into our inspirational collections of toys, games and fun objects to unleash your imagination.

Cost: $10, includes morning tea
Bookings essential:  Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

Sensory objects: Australian gardens through thyme

Monday 18 September 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Handling objects is a participatory, sensory workshop held on the third Monday of every month. Join facilitator Beaux Guarini as we explore objects and stories using sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.

From English cottage gardens in arid lands to native species in bustling cities, dig into our garden-related collections in this sensory spectacle of colour, texture and scent.

Cost: $10, includes morning tea
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Bunyip Room

Sensory objects: A landscape of sound

Monday 16 October 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Handling objects is a participatory, sensory workshop held on the third Monday of every month. Join facilitator Beaux Guarini as we explore objects and stories using sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.

Stroll through the Museum and unravel the complexities of objects through Australian songs, sounds and stories.

Cost: $10, includes morning tea
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Bunyip Room

Sensory objects: So you want to host an exhibition?

Monday 20 November 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Handling objects is a participatory, sensory workshop held on the third Monday of every month. Join facilitator Beaux Guarini as we explore objects and stories using sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.

Have you ever wondered what goes into planning a museum exhibition? Who does what? What stories are told? Which objects are used? Join us for a morning of role playing as we create a pop-up exhibition from our hands-on Education collection.

Cost: $10, includes morning tea
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Bunyip Room

Sensory objects: Year-end celebrations

Monday 18 December 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Handling objects is a participatory, sensory workshop held on the third Monday of every month. Join facilitator Beaux Guarini as we explore objects and stories using sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.

What rituals and festivals happen around the world during the merry month of December? Join us for a friendly cross-cultural exchange and ‘sense-sational’ exploration using our tastebuds.

Cost: $10, includes morning tea
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (booking fees apply)
Bunyip Room