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Join us at the National Museum in Canberra for special events, tours, experiences and exhibitions.
Experience Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre Time: 9.15am–4.45pm Date: Daily Ticket information: Costs apply, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Daily 75-minute sessions: 9.15am, 10.45am, 12.15pm, 2pm, 3.30pm
This fun, immersive play space is designed for children of all abilities aged 0 to 6 years. Every session includes free, child-led activities in our mini makers corner.

Experience Beyond the Milky Way Ticket information: Costs apply, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Saturdays and Sundays
Experience one of the greatest international scientific endeavours in history as you step onto Australia’s future site of the incredible Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope in an immersive 360-degree virtual reality cinema experience.

Experience The Antarctica Experience Ticket information: Costs apply, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Saturdays and Sundays
Explore a day in the life of Antarctic scientists in this immersive virtual reality adventure, brought to you by the National Museum of Australia and the Western Australian Museum.

Exhibition Discovering Ancient Egypt Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily until 8 September 2024 Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

Journey to the land of the pyramids to discover the wonders of ancient Egypt in this must-see exhibition featuring more than 220 objects from the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden).

Exhibition Belonging Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily until 10 March 2025 Ticket information: Free

Belonging: Stories from Far North Queensland is the third in a three-part exhibition series that captures generations of cultural knowledge shaped by a profound relationship to Country. Featuring works from Mossman Gorge, Weipa, Mapoon, Napranum, Wujal Wujal and Pormpuraaw.

Exhibition Riding the Olympic Wave: Breakthrough Sports Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily until 30 September 2024 Ticket information: Free

This exhibition showcases the six new Olympic sports and disciplines of 3x3 basketball, BMX freestyle, breaking, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing.

Tour Museum highlights tour Time: 1pm–2pm Date: Daily Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

This guided tour provides an excellent introduction to the Museum, exploring highlights from our permanent exhibition galleries.

Exhibition Talking Blak to History Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily Ticket information: Free

Talking Blak to History in our First Australians gallery features powerful objects and stories that speak to the aftermath of colonisation, of survival and resilience.

Tour Host talks Date: Daily Ticket information: Free

On the hour between 10am and 4pm
Join a free 10-minute host talk in our Great Southern Land or First Australians galleries or the Garden of Australian Dreams.

Tour Building and architecture tour Date: Daily Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

10am
This guided tour provides an insight into the stories and meanings hidden in the Museum building, design and landscapes. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking outside.

Tour First Australians tour Date: Daily Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

3–4pm
Take a guided tour with one of our hosts to learn about First Nations peoples, their history, culture and connection to country.

Exhibition Great Southern Land Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily Ticket information: Free

Explore stunning objects and rich multi-sensory experiences as you discover the story of the vast, vibrant Australian continent. See how the continent has transformed into one of the most diverse and resilient places on Earth – and how these changes can guide us in the future.

Tour Great Southern Land group tours Date: Daily Ticket information: Costs apply, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Daily at 9am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Traverse the vast, vibrant Australian continent on this tour of the Museum’s environmental history gallery, Great Southern Land.

Pyramid making Time: 10.30am–10.45am Ticket information: Drop in, free with entry to the Discovery Centre Ticket information: Book tickets

Wednesdays during ACT school term
Explore the themes of ancient Egypt in this hands-on activity for our youngest budding archaeologists. Toddlers will explore and experiment with a range of materials and textures to shape their own sandy pyramids. Suitable for children aged 2–6 years. Children must be supervised by an adult.

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