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See Plan your visit for health and safety information including mandatory check-in and use of face masks.

Answers to frequently asked questions about Australia Day 2022.

Why do I have to book for the free events?

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions large-scale events, even free ones, need to be ticketed. By registering in advance you help us ensure that everything can be managed in the safest way possible.

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Yes, unless we have reached capacity, tickets will be available at the door. However, we encourage you to book in advance.

Which concession cards do you accept?

The Museum accepts all state and federal concessions cards, current student cards and companion cards.

For more information contact

What if I can no longer attend?

Notify us via Eventbrite and/or email with your details.

I can't find my ticket.

Try searching your junk inbox for an email from Eventbrite or National Museum of Australia. We can also search for your ticket when you arrive at the door. Or contact us at

Can I present my ticket on my phone?

Yes. Simply display your tickets on your phone at the entrance.

Can I smoke or vape?

No, for the comfort of other attendees, you cannot smoke or vape at the lakeside amphitheatre. If you wish to smoke or vape, please ask one of our staff and they will direct you to the designated smoking areas.

Can I bring my pet?

No, please leave your pets at home. Trained, registered and visibly identified assistance animals are welcome when accompanied by their handler.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes, photography is permitted. Share your photos by tagging @nationalmuseumofaustralia or #OurNMA so we can see and repost them. However, we request that no professional recording equipment or flash photography is used during the performance.

Can I bring children along?

Yes, but please be aware children under 15 years are to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

How do I get to the Museum?

See our Plan your visit page.

Is the venue accessible?

Yes, we endeavour to make all our venues and events as accessible as possible. Find out more information on accessibility at the National Museum.

Please email us at if you have any additional questions.

Can I set up early?

No, due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions you are unable to set up prior to doors opening.

What time do doors open?

Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.

Is seating allocated?

No, seating is not allocated. In fact, there are no seats! However, you are welcome to bring your own.

On the map there are allocated areas for:

  • blankets
  • beach chairs (less than 50cm high)
  • camping chairs (over 50cm high).

Can I bring a table?

Yes, however tables must not exceed 1.2m in any direction and are only allowed on the deck at the rear of the venue.

Can I bring an esky or ice bin?

No, hard eskies or ice bins cannot be brought on site. Soft cooler bags and self-contained ice packs are allowed.

Can I bring a shade structure?

No, shade structures and umbrellas obscure the concert for other attendees.

Will food and drink be available?

Yes, our onsite caterer will have a selection of beer, cider, wine and non-alcoholic drinks available at a cash bar. Food will also be available for purchase from a selection of local food vans.

Can I BYO food?

Yes, but please remember no hard eskies or ice bins. We also ask that you avoid glass bottles and containers where possible.

Can I BYO alcohol?

Due to the family nature of the events, we prefer that you do not BYO alcohol. Our onsite caterer will have a selection of beer, cider, wine and non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase.

What about the weather?

We will go ahead no matter what the sky throws at us! If the forecast looks dire, pack a poncho or a raincoat. In the case of extreme weather, we will relocate to the Museum’s Gandel Atrium.

Can I use an umbrella?

Umbrellas cannot be used during the performances as they block the view of other patrons.

What is your Covid-19 policy?

View the National Museum’s Covid-19 policy.

What if I have been told to isolate or feel unwell?

You should follow current government guidelines at all times. Review the latest information from ACT Health.

If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home. Email us at to organise a refund.

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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