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Family activities

Join us for creative, hands-on activities for children and their families. Book a Museum-guided activity or free self-guided activities, all inspired by our exhibitions.

Marvellous Motifs – the wonders of Islamic art and culture

a young boy participating in a craft activity

Weekdays 9–20 July
10–11.30am and 11.30am–1pm

Join us on a tour of the exhibition ‘So That You Might Know Each Other’: Faith and Culture in Islam and discover the incredible motifs, patterns, shapes and lines of Islamic art and design.

Megalo Print Studio’s experienced printmakers will introduce families to the wonderful world of screen-printing. Kids will make hand printed cards to take home and contribute to our collaborative textile artwork.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
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Afternoon play space

Weekdays 9–20 July

Relax and immerse yourself in the beautiful carpeted tent generously provided by the Canberra Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in the Gandel Atrium. Read a book or design an Islamic-inspired artwork in one of the self-facilitated activities.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Bookings not required, places limited
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Toddler program

Every month on the first Wednesday

Time for the under-fives to have fun and explore the Museum. Join us on the first Wednesday of the month in a series art-making, storytelling and gallery exploration activities.

Suitable for ages 3–5 years and their carers
Cost: $10 child, $7 Mkids
Bookings essential, limited spaces: Eventbrite (fees apply)
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a young child and woman doing craft activities

Fun at home

Check out our free DIY instructions to craft your own creations.

Remember your visit

Find your photo on our website or Flickr

See earlier program highlights

Inspired by A History of the World in 100 Objects

Medieval Space 2016 reflections

Discovery Space photos on Flickr

Play School – What’s behind the Windows?

Inspired by Happy Birthday Play School

More videos and photos

Medieval village time lapse

Make your own medieval crown or shield at home

Museum Designer

Inspired by the National Museum’s architecture

Discovery Space photos on Flickr


See our calendar for more fun activities for families and children