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Friends enjoy exclusive access to special events including our monthly Object Club and Time Traveller's Book Club. Our Friends Car Club special interest group is also exclusive to Friends.

Object Club

Join us 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. Free for Friends, bookings essential.

Object Club – White Family Senior Fellow in Australian Garden History talk Time: 10.30am–11.30am Date: Friday, May 31, 2024 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Meet Dr Luke Keogh, academic, curator, historian and the inaugural White Family Senior Fellow in Australian Garden History. Over the next two years, Luke will lead a program that explores and shares the history, influences and future trends in Australian gardening. He is excited to share his plans with the Friends. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

Object Club – Tony Armstrong's Extra-Ordinary Things with Martha Sear Time: 10.30am–11.30am Date: Friday, June 28, 2024 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

In ABC TV’s new series, Tony Armstrong travels across the country to discover some extraordinary objects and create an exhibition for the National Museum. Join us in the Friends Lounge and hear from Museum curator Martha Sear as she discusses this exciting project. The exhibition is on show from 21 June 2024. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

Time Traveller's Book Club

Our Time Traveller’s Book Club is hosted by the Friends team on the last Tuesday of each month. Free for friends, bookings essential.

Time Traveller’s Book Club – Songlines: The Power and the Promise Time: 11am–12pm Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Join us to discuss Songlines: The Power and Promise, an eye-opening book that invites readers to understand a remarkable way of storing knowledge in memory by adapting song, art and Country into their lives. All Friends welcome. Join Friends

Time Traveller’s Book Club – A Brief History of Japan: Samurai, Shogun and Zen Time: 11am–12pm Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

This fascinating history of Japan by Jonathan Clements tells the story of the people of Japan, from ancient teenage priest-queens to teeming hordes of salarymen, a nation that once sought to conquer China, yet also shut itself away for two centuries in self-imposed seclusion. All Friends welcome. Join Friends

February

Empress of the Nile: The Daredevil Archaeologist Who Saved Egypt’s Ancient Temples from Destruction by Lynne Olson, ISBN 9781922585998

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March

Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge by Richard Ovenden, ISBN 9781529378771

April

The Bookseller of Florence: Vespasiano da Bisticci and the Manuscripts that Illuminated the Renaissance by Ross King, ISBN 9781784709372

May

Songlines: The Power and the Promise by Margo Neale and Lynne Kelly, ISBN 9781760761189

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Also recommended to enjoy – Songlines: First Knowledges for Younger Readers by the same authors

June

A Brief History of Japan: Samurai, Shogun and Zen by Jonathan Clements, ISBN 9784805313893

July

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown, ISBN 9780099526407

August

Elizabeth and John: The Macarthurs of Elizabeth Farm by Alan Atkinson, ISBN 9781742237565

September

The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester, ISBN 9780140271287

Also recommended to read with this one:

  • The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
  • The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

October

Lessons from History: Leading Historians Tackle Australia’s Greatest Challenges, Carolyn Holbrook, Lyndon Megarrity, David Lowe (eds), ISBN 9781742237473

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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