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26 January 2022 | 10am–2pm | Free, though costs apply for some activities | Bookings essential

Come along for our smoking ceremony, followed by weaving demonstrations, talks, fun activities and more. Explore our exhibitions and share a memorable day at the Museum.

The Australia Day theme of Reflect, Respect, Celebrate brings together elders, artists and speakers to mark the day and show the way for the nation. We invite you to sit by the fire, listen and reflect on the Australian experience, from its ancient origins millennia ago to recent histories.

A young girl poses with her hand made doll fabricated from natural materials, as part of a craft activity.

Weaving demonstration

TimeEventLocation
10–10.15am Smoking ceremony and welcome to Country

With Ngambri-Ngunnawal custodian Paul House.

Christina and Trevor Kennedy Garden
10.15–11.50am 12–1.30pm Weaving demonstration

Join Ronnie Jordan (Kalkadoon) who will show you her weaving technique using traditional and modern-day materials.

Christina and Trevor Kennedy Garden
11–11.30am
12–12.30pm
1–1.30pm
Didjeridu performance

Join Ngambri-Ngunnawal custodian Paul House for pop-up didjeridus performing throughout the galleries.

Various locations throughout the galleries
11–11.30am
1–1.30pm 
Circular Rhythm

Dance with Lucas Proudfoot as he shares stories through his music in this inspiring live performance.

Gandel Atrium
10.15am–1.30pm

Note: no program at 11.20–11.30am

Secret Life of Critters

Join the rangers from Mulligans Flat citizen science program and learn about what happens at Mulligans Flat. You might see shingle back and bearded dragon lizards.

Gandel Atrium
10.15–11.15am 12.45–1.45pm Tastes of the bush

With Yurbay and Adam Shipp (Wiradjuri). Join Adam for a walk through the Christina and Trevor Kennedy Garden.

Meet at the Information Desk
9am–4pm First Australians Gallery and Forecourt Garden talks (10 min)

Chat to one of our lovely Visitor Experience Hosts for pop-up talks in the galleries and Forecourt Garden.

First Australians Gallery and Christina and Trevor Kennedy Garden

The concert is presented jointly by the National Australia Day Council and the National Museum of Australia.

This event will be managed in line with the Museum’s Covid-19 safety plan and is subject to change at short notice. Large-scale events are ticketed to keep everyone safe. Unless we have reached capacity, tickets will be available at the door but we encourage you to book in advance.

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