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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 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 – What made Marion Mahony Griffin’s hair stand on end? Time: 10.30am–11.30am Date: Friday, May 26, 2023 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Join Dr Anne Watson as she explores Marion’s pioneering work as an architect, environmentalist, humanist and urban planning advocate in Australia. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

Event Object Club – Feared and Revered curator talk Time: 10.30am–11.30am Date: Friday, June 30, 2023 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Feared and Revered: Feminine Power through the Ages celebrates the power and diversity of female spiritual beings in cultural tradition and beliefs across the globe. Gain an in-depth experience of this exhibition from the British Museum, in its last months at the National Museum of Australia, through this expert curator talk. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

Event Object Club – Material World curator tour Time: 10.30am–11.30am Date: Friday, July 28, 2023 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Join us for a tour of Material World by its curator, Adjunct Professor Lyndon Anderson, Swayn Senior Fellow of Australian Architecture. This evocative exhibition, developed in collaboration with the Swayn Gallery of Australian Design, explores design through the materials of glass, leather, ceramic, metal and wood. 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. Book Club is free and exclusive to Friends. Bookings essential.

Read Vale Mike Smith, Dr Mathew Trinca’s statement on the passing of our dear friend and former Book Club host.

Time Traveller's Book Club – The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England Time: 11am–12pm Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2023 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Marc Morris’s book retells the history of Britain following the departure of the Romans in about 400 BCE. The Viking invasion, the rise of Christianity, King Offa, Alfred the Great and Edward the Confessor all feature in this sweeping history that examines how the foundations of modern England were laid. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

Time Traveller's Book Club – Babylon by Paul Kriwaczek Time: 11am–12pm Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

In Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization, Paul Kriwaczek brings to life in vibrant detail the people of this historical region (now part of modern Iraq). Join us in the Friends Lounge to explore the ancient civilisation at the heart of this book. Friends staff will lead the discussion. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

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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