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Friends enjoy exclusive access to our monthly Object Club and Time Traveller's Book Club. Our Friends Car Club special interest group is also exclusive to Friends and costs $15 per adult annually.

Object Club

Join us in the Friends Lounge on the last Friday of each month as one of our Museum curators, conservators or other expert staff share their deep understanding of an object or exhibition. Object Club is free and exclusive to Friends. Bookings essential.

Event Object Club – Belonging: Stories from Far North Queensland gallery talk Time: 10.30am–11.30am Date: Friday 30 September 2022 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Belonging is the first in a three-part exhibition series with vibrant artworks that capture generations of cultural knowledge shaped by a profound relationship to Country. Join the National Museum's Ian Coates and Catherine Czerw to hear how the series will evolve and to examine these stunning artworks in more detail. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

Event Object Club – The Moth Hunters – Archaeology of the Great Southern Land Time: 10.30am–11.30am Date: Friday 28 October 2022 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Hear from acclaimed archaeologist Dr Josephine Flood AM FAHA as she presents a synopsis of her outstanding text ‘The Moth Hunters: Aboriginal Prehistory of The Australian Alps’ and reconstructs the Indigenous culture, technology, settlement and demographic patterns of our region. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

Time Traveller's Book Club

Join us as we travel around the globe, reading a different book each month with the Friends' Time Traveller's Book Club, on the last Tuesday of each month. Free and exclusive to Friends. We meet in the Friends Lounge. Bookings essential.

Time Traveller's Book Club – The Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World Time: 11am–12pm Date: Tuesday 27 September 2022 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Join us to discuss Shelley Emling’s chronicle of the life of the young Mary Anning, who became a world-renowned palaeontologist and inspired the tongue-twister ‘she sells sea shells by the seashore’ after a striking run of dinosaur fossil finds in Lyme Regis. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

Time Traveller's Book Club – The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages Time: 11am–12pm Date: Tuesday 25 October 2022 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Join us to reconstruct the history of medieval Africa. Fauvelle takes us on a journey from the birth of Islam in the 7th century to the voyages of European exploration in the 15th century, bringing this era vibrantly to life. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

Time Traveller's Book Club – A Brief History of Indonesia Time: 11am–12pm Date: Tuesday 29 November 2022 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Join us to discuss Tim Hannigan’s book about the fabled ‘Spice Islands’. Indonesia, with its rich story stretching back a thousand years and more, has the fourth-largest population in the world and has been bitterly fought over by Europeans for centuries. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

Our book club conversations are led by Dr Mike Smith AM. Mike is a pioneering desert archaeologist who established the National Museum's Centre for Historical Research. He is a Professor at Flinders University in South Australia and an Honorary Associate Professor at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Dip into our Time Traveller's Book Club list of upcoming titles at your own pace.

  • January 2023 – Illiad, 2006, by Homer
  • February 2023 – Otherlands: A World in the Making, 2022, by Thomas Halliday
  • March 2023 – Chiang Kai-Shek: An Unauthorized Biography, 2015, by Emily Hann
  • April 2023 – The Boer War, 2012, by Martin Bossenbroek
  • May 2023 – The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England, 2021, by Marc Morris
  • June 2023 – Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilisation, 2010, by Paul Kriwaczek

Friends Car Club

Get in the fast lane and join our Friends Car Club to get up close and personal with motoring icons from across the globe, including Jack Brabham's BT23A-1 Repco V8, the Australian Six and the Bentley ‘S’ Series 3 used by Sir Robert Menzies.

Colour photograph of people inspecting car engines with their bonnets propped open at a car show.

Friends Car Club

Friends Car Club is a special interest group available exclusively to Friends. It costs $15 per adult per year. Benefits include:

  • Experiencing the Museum’s historic car collection and feasting your eyes on cars not currently on display.
  • Enjoying tailored events relating to the Museum’s vehicle collection.
  • Hearing about important collection updates and acquisitions throughout the year.
  • Priority access to any vehicle-related events at the Museum.

To join, please call Friends on +61 2 6208 5108 or email friends@nma.gov.au

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