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Thursday 2 June 2016, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes, is a rare illustrated account of Nicolas Baudin’s 1800–1804 French expedition that mapped Australia’s unchartered coastlines.

Join Dr Mathew Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia, to preview this beautifully illustrated volume. Dr Trinca will also introduce the Museum’s new acquisition appeal, Keeping Our Stories Alive. This will be followed by an illustrated talk by Michelle Hetherington, Senior Curator, who will explain the significance of Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes to the history of the discovery of Australia.

Free event (limited tickets available)
Bookings essential, online through Eventbrite or email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
The Hall, National Museum of Australia

Taking shelter in South Vietnam, 1972. Willie Phua Collection, National Museum of Singapore.

Willie Phua – Legacy of a news cameraman

Tuesday 14 June 2016, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join Singaporean news cameraman Willie Phua as he shares his extraordinary story of filming the Vietnam War and many other key events in Asia for Australian television. 

Famously, Phua was one of few people to capture images of the ‘Tank Man’ holding back the Chinese military’s tanks in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

He is being joined in conversation at the National Museum by former Australian Broadcasting Corporation foreign correspondent and biographer Bob Wurth.

This event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Capturing Asia: Willie Phua, News Cameraman, and was developed in partnership with the National Museum of Singapore.

Free (includes light refreshments)
Bookings essential, online through Eventbrite
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

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Night at the Museum: Play School

Night at the Museum: Play School

Friday 17 June 2016, 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Come and celebrate 50 years of Play School – hip hip hooray!

For one night only, we're hosting the biggest kids’ party, just for grown-ups. There’ll be games to play and stories to tell, craft and clocks, and old friends as well. Here’s your chance to play at the Museum after dark.

Strictly over 18s only
Tickets: pre-sale 15, $18 on the door, from 6.15pm onwards
(includes entry to the Happy Birthday Play School exhibition)
Museum Friends full members free 

Tickets available on the Eventbrite website (please note booking fees apply)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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