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Join Friends for member benefits including free Discovery Centre entry, discounts for major exhibitions and in our Shop.

Feared and Revered exhibition offer

Friends receive discounted entry or unlimited free entry with Exhibition member upgrade.

1 year membership
  • $50 adult
  • $20 each additional adult and child
  • $50 Exhibition per adult
  • $15 Car Club per adult
Join or renew

Let's be Friends

Tailor your membership with individual and group options.

Friends play free at Discovery Centre

Entry to our Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre is free for adults and children with Friends memberships.

Annual upgrades

Upgrade and become an Exhibition member for unlimited free access to paid exhibitions including Feared and Revered.

Join Car Club for exclusive access to our collection of historic cars.

Multi-year discounts

2 year membership 3 year membership
$90 adult $125 adult
$35 per additional adult and child $50 per additional adult and child
Event Drawing workshops: The Female Form with Naomi Zouwer Time: 5.30pm–7.30pm Ticket information: Bookings essential, costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

15 Feb and 15 Mar 2023
Join artist Naomi Zouwer for a new series of drawing workshops inspired by the objects on display in Feared and Revered. These after-hours workshops include exclusive access to the exhibition and a complimentary glass of wine and warm-up activities in the Friends Lounge. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

Friends exclusives

Free entry for Exhibition members Feared and Revered
Free entry for Friends Discovery Centre
Objects, books, cars Friends clubs

Discover Friends from our past and build new Friendships at the National Museum of Australia.


Victorious racing team Elsie Wisdom and Joan Richmond, 1932

Faith Bandler and members of the NSW Vote Yes committee, 1967

Charles Kingsford Smith, Charles Ulm and other crew of the Southern Cross, Perth, 1928

Francis Birtles and Alex Barlow in the Sundowner Bean car, 1926

From exhibition previews to monthly get-togethers with our expert staff, our Friends enjoy exclusive benefits and events throughout the year, including:

  • 10% discount at the Museum Shop and Cafe
  • Discounted entry to Museum exhibitions and events
  • Subscription to the Museum's magazine
  • Exclusive tours, previews and programs
  • Behind-the-scenes access to curators, conservators and other Museum staff
  • Access to our lakeside Friends Lounge

Present your Friends card to receive reciprocal benefits at these national institutions:

  • Australian Museum, Sydney
  • Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
  • Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney:
    • Powerhouse Ultimo
    • Powerhouse Parramatta
    • Sydney Observatory
    • Museums Discovery Centre, Castle Hill
  • Queensland Museum, Brisbane plus:
    • Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville
    • Cobb & Co Museum, Toowoomba
      Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich
  • Museums Victoria, Melbourne:
    • Melbourne Museum
    • Immigration Museum
    • Scienceworks
    • IMAX Melbourne
    • Royal Exhibition Building
    • Melbourne Planetarium and Lightning Room
  • South Australian Museum, Adelaide

Friends membership makes a wonderful gift. Contact our Friends office on +61 2 6208 5108 weekdays or email

  • Share your passion for history and heritage
  • A unique gift for a special occasion
  • Friends membership is valid until the expiry date printed on your membership card
  • Membership is not transferable or refundable
  • Member benefits apply only to the people listed on your membership
  • Child members are 0–16 years of age
  • You must produce your membership card to obtain the benefit
  • Member prices, events, benefits, reciprocal arrangements and terms are subject to change at the Museum’s discretion
  • It is your responsibility to notify the Museum of any change of address or contact information
  • If your card is lost or stolen, please notify us as soon as possible to organise a replacement card
  • The Museum has no control over the reciprocal benefits offered by other museums and galleries, or special offers made by our external partners. The Museum is not responsible for any changes to benefits or offers made by those organisations.
  • Memberships are capped at 10 members.

Where to find us

Friends Lounge
Lawson Cres, Acton Peninsula
Canberra ACT 2601

Membership enquiries

9.30am to 4.30pm weekdays
Phone +61 2 6208 5108


Phone +61 2 6208 5021

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