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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).

Event Egypt exhibition quiet hours Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

First Tuesday of the month from March to September 2024, 4–6pm
Visit Discovering Ancient Egypt during one of our quiet hours sessions. Quiet hours sessions offer reduced noise and sensory experiences. Suitable for visitors who prefer smaller crowds and a quieter visit. Exhibition ticket costs apply.

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.

Event Create and Curate workshop Time: 10.30am–12pm Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024 Ticket information: Costs apply, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Celebrate the launch of the new book How Mother Kangaroo Got Her Pouch, by Rebecca Beetson and illustrated by Paul Lalo, in this interactive children’s workshop. Listen to the story then learn about First Nations symbols and other stories before creating and displaying your own artwork. Recommended for children aged 3–6 years.

Exhibition Tony Armstrong's Extra-Ordinary Things Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily until 13 October 2024 Ticket information: Free

Opens 21 June 2024
See all the objects from the new Tony Armstrong ABC TV show, after Tony travelled across the country to meet everyday Australians with ordinary things that help reveal the untold story of our nation.

Object Club – Tony Armstrong's Extra-Ordinary Things morning tour – SOLD OUT Time: 10.30am–11.30am Date: Friday, June 28, 2024 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential

In ABC TV’s new series, Tony Armstrong travels across the country to discover some extraordinary objects and create an exhibition for the National Museum. Join us as Museum curator Dr Martha Sear discusses this exciting project. The exhibition is on show from 21 June 2024. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

Object Club – Tony Armstrong's Extra-Ordinary Things midday tour Time: 12pm–1pm Date: Friday, June 28, 2024 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

In ABC TV’s new series, Tony Armstrong travels across the country to discover some extraordinary objects and create an exhibition for the National Museum. Join us as Museum curator Dr Martha Sear discusses this exciting project. The exhibition is on show from 21 June 2024. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

Object Club – Tony Armstrong's Extra-Ordinary Things afternoon tour – SOLD OUT Time: 1.30pm–2.30pm Date: Friday, June 28, 2024 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential

In ABC TV’s new series, Tony Armstrong travels across the country to discover some extraordinary objects and create an exhibition for the National Museum. Join us as Museum curator Dr Martha Sear discusses this exciting project. The exhibition is on show from 21 June 2024. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

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.

Event Discovery Centre quiet hours Time: 3.30pm–4.45pm Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

First Tuesday of the month
Explore the Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre in a quiet hours session for visitors who prefer a quieter experience. These sessions offer reduced noise and sensory experiences.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Story time Time: 10.30am–10.45am Ticket information: Drop-in, places are limited

Tuesdays and Thursdays during ACT school term
Enjoy free 15-minute story time sessions in the workshop next to the Discovery Centre. Drop-in, places are limited.

Story time Time: 10.30am–10.45am Ticket information: Drop-in, places are limited

Tuesdays and Thursdays during ACT school term
Enjoy free 15-minute story time sessions in the workshop next to the Discovery Centre. Drop-in, places are limited.

Story time Time: 10.30am–10.45am Ticket information: Drop-in, places are limited

Tuesdays and Thursdays during ACT school term
Enjoy free 15-minute story time sessions in the workshop next to the Discovery Centre. Drop-in, places are limited.

Story time Time: 10.30am–10.45am Ticket information: Drop-in, places are limited

Tuesdays and Thursdays during ACT school term
Enjoy free 15-minute story time sessions in the workshop next to the Discovery Centre. Drop-in, places are limited.

An extra-ordinary conversation with Tony Armstrong Time: 6pm–7.30pm Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024 Ticket information: Costs apply, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Join Tony Armstrong as he shares his take on discovering ordinary things with extra-ordinary stories, as we open his exhibition based on the ABC series Tony Armstrong's Extra-Ordinary Things. Tony will be joined by journalist Dan Bourchier, National Museum curator Dr Martha Sear and some of the people who shared their remarkable stories.

Time Traveller’s Book Club – A Brief History of Japan: Samurai, Shogun and Zen Time: 11am–12pm Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

This fascinating history of Japan by Jonathan Clements tells the story of the people of Japan, from ancient teenage priest-queens to teeming hordes of salarymen, a nation that once sought to conquer China, yet also shut itself away for two centuries in self-imposed seclusion. All Friends welcome. Join Friends

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