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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.

Event Printmaking in The Studio Time: 1.30pm–4.30pm Date: Tuesday 16 April 2019 Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

Screen printing workshop
Join artists and facilitators from Megalo Print Studio + Gallery to guide you through the process of conceiving and creating prints using the objects on display in The Studio for inspiration.

Event Poetry in The Studio Time: 10am–12pm Date: Wednesday 17 April 2019 Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

Life Before Death workshop
Join ACT book of the year winning author and poet Paul Collis for a poetry workshop informed by the Thylacine pelt on display in The Studio and the provocation ‘life before death’.

Event Visual arts in The Studio Time: 10am–12pm Date: Wednesday 24 April 2019 Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

Watercolour and gouache workshop
Artist Naomi Zouwer will guide you through a range of drawing and painting techniques to make works of art responding to the objects on display in The Studio. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Event Creative writing in The Studio Time: 1.30pm–3.30pm Date: Friday 26 April 2019 Ticket information: Costs apply. Ages 13–18 years Ticket information: Book tickets

Become a liar with Jack Heath workshop
Join local author Jack Heath to explore writing for teenagers using the objects on display in The Studio to spark your creativity.

Event Visual arts in The Studio Time: 5.30pm–7.30pm Date: Monday 29 April 2019 Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

Acrylic painting workshop
Join artist Naomi Zouwer to guide you through a range of drawing and painting techniques to make works of art responding to the objects on display in The Studio. Create one major artwork or a series of smaller pieces. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Printmaking in The Studio Time: 1.30pm–4.30pm Date: Tuesday 30 April 2019 Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

Lino print workshop
Join artists and facilitators from Megalo Print Studio + Gallery to guide you through the process of conceiving and creating prints using the objects on display in The Studio for inspiration.

Event Toddler program Time: 10am–11am Date: Wednesday 1 May 2019 Ticket information: $10 child, $7 Mkids Ticket information: Book tickets

Join us for gallery exploration and craft activities. Ages 3–5 years, children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings essential

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 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.

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.
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

Event Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy archaeology lecture Time: 6pm–8pm Date: Wednesday 24 April 2019 Ticket information: Free for Museum Friends and CAS members, $5 non-members Ticket information: Book tickets

Join Dr Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy, James Cook University and Navin Officer Heritage Consultants for Beyond Buildings and Sites: Intangible Cultural Heritage to discuss what it would mean if Australia ratified the 2003 UNESCO Convention. Part of the National Museum of Australia and Canberra Archaeological Society lecture series. Bookings essential. Join Friends

Event Time Traveller's Book Club Time: 11am–12pm Date: Tuesday 30 April 2019 Ticket information: Free, exclusive to Museum Friends Ticket information: Book tickets

This month’s book is Great South Land by Rob Mundle. For many people, the colonial story of Australia starts with Captain Cook’s ‘discovery’ of the east coast in 1770, but there is long history of European maritime exploration of Australia’s coasts. Great South Land explores this history, beginning some 164 years before Cook’s historic voyage. Bookings essential. Join Friends

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