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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 11 December 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

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

‘Lunula’ exhibition talk

Sunday 11 December 2016, 12.30pm – 1.00pm

Join Carol Cooper from the National Museum of Australia for a pop-up talk on the lunula from Ireland, 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)

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Olduvai stone tools exhibition talk

Thursday 15 December 2016, 12.30pm – 1.00pm

Join Stephen Munro from the National Museum of Australia for a pop-up talk on the Olduvai stone tools from Tanzania, his favourite objects 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

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Culture Shop

Thursday 15 December 2016, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Experience a night of shopping with a twist!

Get 20% off purchases from the Museum Shop (no rainchecks and no further discounts apply).

Back by popular demand ...

Enjoy our summer style workshop featuring fashion and beauty stylist Trish Murray with this season’s clothing and accessories from the Museum Shop.

The Museum Bar will be open with a cash bar and delicious food from Broadbean Catering, and the ‘Maestro of Mix’ DJ Jungle Jerry providing the beats.

Free entry. Doors open from 5.45pm
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Visitors at the Museum.

CANCELLED: Museum Friends welcome tour

Saturday 17 December 2016, 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.

Please note this event has been cancelled.

The next tour will be run on Saturday 21 January 2017.

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 17 December 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

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

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Handling objects: End-of-year festivities

Monday 19 December 2016, 10.00am – 11.30am

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. Facilitated by Beaux Guarini.

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

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Statue of Mithras
© Trustees of the British Museum

Statue of Mithras exhibition talk

Thursday 5 January 2017, 12.30pm – 1.00pm

Join Margaret Fox from the National Museum of Australia for a pop-up talk on the statue of Mithras, 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

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 8 January 2017, 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

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

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Discovery Space: History of you

Monday 9 January 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
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Discovery Space: History of you

Monday 9 January 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
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Afternoon play space

Monday 9 January 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Weekdays 9–20 January 2017

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

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window

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Discovery Space: History of you

Tuesday 10 January 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window

A happy, young boy in a striped top

Discovery Space: History of you

Tuesday 10 January 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
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Afternoon play space

Tuesday 10 January 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Weekdays 9–20 January 2017

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.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window

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Discovery Space: History of you

Wednesday 11 January 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window

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Discovery Space: History of you

Wednesday 11 January 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
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Afternoon play space

Wednesday 11 January 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Weekdays 9–20 January 2017

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.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window

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Discovery Space: History of you

Thursday 12 January 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window

A happy, young boy in a striped top

Discovery Space: History of you

Thursday 12 January 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
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Olmec stone mask exhibition talk

Thursday 12 January 2017, 12.30pm – 1.00pm

Join Jennifer White from the National Museum of Australia for a pop-up talk on the Olmec stone mask, 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

Afternoon play space

Thursday 12 January 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Weekdays 9–20 January 2017

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.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window

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Discovery Space: History of you

Friday 13 January 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window

A happy, young boy in a striped top

Discovery Space: History of you

Friday 13 January 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
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Afternoon play space

Friday 13 January 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Weekdays 9–20 January 2017

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.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 14 January 2017, 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

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

gold llama statue
© Trustees of the British Museum

Inca gold llama exhibition talk

Sunday 15 January 2017, 12.30pm – 1.00pm

Join Amanda Paroz from the National Museum of Australia for a pop-up talk on the Inca gold llama, 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

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Discovery Space: History of you

Monday 16 January 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
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Discovery Space: History of you

Monday 16 January 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
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Afternoon play space

Monday 16 January 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Weekdays 9–20 January 2017

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.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window

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Discovery Space: History of you

Tuesday 17 January 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window

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Discovery Space: History of you

Tuesday 17 January 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
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Afternoon play space

Tuesday 17 January 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Weekdays 9–20 January 2017

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.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window

A happy, young boy in a striped top

Discovery Space: History of you

Wednesday 18 January 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
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Discovery Space: History of you

Wednesday 18 January 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
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Afternoon play space

Wednesday 18 January 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Weekdays 9–20 January 2017

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.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window

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Discovery Space: History of you

Thursday 19 January 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window

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Discovery Space: History of you

Thursday 19 January 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
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Afternoon play space

Thursday 19 January 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Weekdays 9–20 January 2017

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.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window

A happy, young boy in a striped top

Discovery Space: History of you

Friday 20 January 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Bay Window

A happy, young boy in a striped top

Discovery Space: History of you

Friday 20 January 2017, 11.30am – 1.00pm

Two sessions daily, weekdays 9–20 January 2017

How will you be remembered? Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, think about yourself in the world and be remembered by making your own time capsule with a small soap carving, identity badge and a photo of you on the day.

Bring along: a small, special object (less than A4 size) to sketch on the day. You’ll learn some cool ‘how-to-draw’ techniques with artist Naomi Zouwer.

More on Discovery Space: History of you

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, children on Friends full membership free

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

Bookings essential: Eventbrite
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Afternoon play space

Friday 20 January 2017, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Weekdays 9–20 January 2017

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.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Free
Bay Window

Visitors at the Museum.

Museum Friends welcome tour

Saturday 21 January 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.

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

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 22 January 2017, 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

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

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

Handling objects: Tokens of love

Monday 23 January 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Imagine you’re about to be separated forever from your loved one. We’ll explore the love tokens offered by convicts facing transportation and other affairs of the heart in this sensory-packed workshop facilitated by Beaux Guarini.

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

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Australia Day festival

Thursday 26 January 2017, 10.00am – 2.00pm

A world of history and culture

Dress up and celebrate history and the many cultures of Australia and the world. Enjoy music, dance, demonstrations, workshops, games, craft and family fun. Inspired by the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.

All ages
Free (some activities may involve a small charge)
Exhibition entry fees apply
Main Hall

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Thursday 26 January 2017, 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

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 29 January 2017, 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

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

a book cover

The Time Traveller’s Book Club

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 11.00am – 12.30pm

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

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 SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, by Mary Bear, Profile Books, 2015.

Beard shines fresh light on Roman society and culture, from slavery to running water, and explores ideas of democracy, migration, religious controversy, social mobility and exploitation in the larger context of the empire. Discover how many aspects of Roman political life, law and society are echoed in the West today.

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

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 4 February 2017, 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

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 12 February 2017, 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

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

Visitors at the Museum.

Museum Friends welcome tour

Saturday 18 February 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.

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

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 18 February 2017, 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

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

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

Handling objects: Curator for the day

Monday 20 February 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 (booking fees apply)
Bunyip Room

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 26 February 2017, 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

All ages
Free
Amphitheatre
Subject to crew availability and weather

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 4 March 2017, 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

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 12 March 2017, 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

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 18 March 2017, 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

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

Handling objects: Powers of pets

Monday 20 March 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

Meet Trim, Matthew Flinders’ seafaring cat, and Nelson, the dog who saved a man from drowning on a flooded Melbourne street. Then share a story of your heroic or not-so-heroic pet or animal friend.
Facilitated by Beaux Guarini.

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

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 26 March 2017, 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

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 16 April 2017, 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

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 22 April 2017, 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

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Saturday 29 April 2017, 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

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

Paddle Steamer Enterprise inspection

Sunday 7 May 2017, 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

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

Handling 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 (booking fees apply)
Bunyip Room

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

Handling objects: A taste of East meets West

Monday 19 June 2017, 10.00am – 11.30am

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. Facilitated by Beaux Guarini.

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

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