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Exhibition Painting on Country Time: 9am–5pm Ticket information: Daily from 15 March 2019. Free

Five senior artists from Tjungu Palya art centre in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of South Australia have reinvigorated their ancestors’ practice of painting directly onto the land. Their work, captured in a series of large-format photographs, is both timeless and transient, bridging the ancient and the contemporary.

Exhibition The Studio: Collections up close Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily until 12 May 2019 Ticket information: Free. Costs apply for workshops, bookings essential.

Daily except when workshops in progress
Take a closer look at eight of the Museum’s most interesting and significant objects. See the metallic thread running through a war bride’s dress, the Arabic script for ‘oil’ on a legendary car, the nail in the paw of the long-gone thylacine. These small details have big stories. Want to know more? Then join our workshop series!

Exhibition The Historical Expression of Chinese Art: Calligraphy and Painting from the National Museum of China Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily until 28 July 2019 Ticket information: Free

This Australian-first exhibition explores the breadth and tradition of Chinese calligraphy and painting through artworks from the National Museum of China’s collection never previously shown outside of China.

Tour Museum highlights tour Date: Daily Ticket information: Costs apply

10–11am and 1–2pm
This guided tour provides an excellent introduction to the Museum, exploring highlights from our permanent exhibition galleries.

Exhibition Old New Land Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily Ticket information: Free
The Old New Land gallery examines Australia’s diverse and unique species and environments by exploring how people have responded and adapted to the land over time.
Exhibition First Australians Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily Ticket information: Free

The First Australians gallery is located on two levels and traces the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their spirituality, diversity, identity and survival.

Exhibition Landmarks Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily Ticket information: Free

The Landmarks gallery is located on two levels and features over 1500 objects. It explores Australian history since European settlement, through stories of Australian places from across the continent.

Tour First Australians tour Time: 3pm–4pm Date: Daily Ticket information: Costs apply

Take a guided tour with one of our hosts to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their history, culture and connection to country in our largest exhibition gallery.

Experience The Antarctica Experience VR Date: Daily Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

Travel to Antarctica using the latest 360-degree virtual reality technology and follow in the footsteps of the scientists researching this mysterious continent. Bookings essential. Select your date and time at Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

Event Treasure hunt Time: 10am–5pm Date: Daily until 28 April 2019 Ticket information: Free Mkids. Competition is only open to Mkids and winners will be notified by Friday 3 May 2019.

Explore the National Museum of Australia with our treasure hunt. Can you find our most fascinating objects — old, rare, mysterious or weird? Pick up a free activity sheet from the Information Desk and start searching. Mkids who complete the treasure hunt will be eligible to win some great prizes, including a Museum Shop gift voucher. Join Friends

Event Recyclacine school holidays activities Ticket information: $10 child, $5 MKids, adults free Ticket information: Book tickets

10–11.30am and 11.30am – 1pm
Mon to Thurs 15–18 April, Tues to Wed 23–24 April, Fri 26 April

Help artist Tom Buckland make a herd of extinct and imaginary animals from found and recycled materials. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Event Autumn school holidays chill-out zone Time: 2pm–3.30pm Ticket information: Free. Bookings not required, places limited

Mon to Thurs 15–18 April, Tues to Wed 23–24 April, Fri 26 April
Play, read or relax in our chill-out zone or try one of the self-guided activities inspired by the Australian environment. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Event Easter egg hunt Time: 1.30pm–2pm Date: Thursday 18 April 2019 Ticket information: Free Mkids, $5 per child, adults free Ticket information: Book tickets

Join us to create your own Easter bunny bag, followed by an Easter egg hunt in the Garden of Australian Dreams. Everyone will go home with an egg (or two), and two lucky kids will also receive a special egg from local chocolate makers Jasper+Myrtle. Up to age 12, children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings essential. Join Friends

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