Food, market stalls and performances
Join the festivities at the Agora – bringing the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of Greece to the National Museum of Australia. Much more than a market, the agora was the centre of athletic, social, spiritual and political life in Ancient Greece.
Taste delicious food, browse market stalls, join a debate or sit back and enjoy live music and dance performances. As evening closes in, enjoy Canberra's Cellar Door Market presents their popular wine-tasting series.
90-minute sessions between 10am and 4pm
Free though costs apply for some activities
What is happening at the Agora?
The National Museum will celebrate all things Greek and Greek-Australian with local artists and importers offering clothing, sweets and pastries, jewellery, perfume and beauty, textiles, homewares and much more. In the Amphitheatre by Lake Burley Griffin you can enjoy the tastes and textures of Greek food brought to the Museum by Broadbean Catering and other local providers.
We will release more program details closer to the event.
Frequently asked questions
Why do I have to book for a free event?
Large-scale events, even free ones, need to be ticketed due to continuing Covid-19 restrictions. By booking in advance, you help us to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Does that mean I can only be at the Museum during my time slot?
Your ticket will give you priority access to the main part of the Agora, in our Gandel Atrium, during your 90-minute session. Outside your booked time, access to the Gandel Atrium will be on a capacity basis. You are welcome to stay and enjoy the entertainment in our Lakeside Amphitheatre, the Museum’s permanent galleries and the Garden of Australian Dreams.
Can I get tickets at the door?
Unless we have reached capacity, you can get tickets at the door but we strongly encourage you to book Agora tickets ahead of time.
Does the Agora include access to the exhibition?
No, the Agora does not include access to the Ancient Greeks exhibition. Buy exhibition tickets
What if it is raining?
This is an outdoor concert, so pack a poncho or raincoat if it looks like rain. In the case of extreme weather, we will relocate to the Gandel Atrium.
Can I have a stall or stage a performance?
If you are interested in being part of the Agora, please provide your details and we'll be in touch.
The Cellar Door Market
Purchase a tasting glass and sample the best imported Greek wines and the produce of local growers.
Non-drinkers and under 18s free
Tasting glass: $15 adult, $12.50 concession, $10 Museum Friends