This guided tour provides an excellent introduction to the Museum, exploring highlights from our permanent exhibition galleries.
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.
On the hour between 10am and 4pm Join a free 10-minute host talk in our Great Southern Land, First Australians or Landmarks galleries or the Garden of Australian Dreams.
10amThis 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.
3–4pmTake a guided tour with one of our hosts to learn about First Nations peoples, their history, culture and connection to country.
Daily 75-minute sessions: 9.15am, 10.45am, 12.15pm, 2pm, 3.30pmThis 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.
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.
This exhibition highlights the many faces of feminine power – ferocious, beautiful, creative or hell-bent – and its profound influence across the ages. Spanning six continents and 5,000 years, it showcases monumental sculpture, sacred artefacts and contemporary artworks to explore how goddesses, demons, witches, spirits and saints have shaped our understanding of the world.
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and then daily 7–25 AprilExperience 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.
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and then daily 7–25 AprilExplore 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.
Daily from 2 Feb 2023 at 9am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pmEnhance your exhibition experience with a 45-minute tour of Feared and Revered: Feminine Power through the Ages. Join a host as they share the stories behind some of the exhibition's fascinating objects. Available for groups of 10 or more.
First Tuesday of the monthExplore 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.
First Tuesday of the month, February to August 2023See Feared and Revered: Feminine Power through the Ages as the Museum extends its opening hours for visitors who prefer a quieter visitor experience. These sessions offer reduced noise and sensory experiences.
Daily at 9am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pmTraverse the vast, vibrant Australian continent on this tour of the Museum’s environmental history gallery, Great Southern Land.
Thursdays at 2pm until 24 August 2023Visit Feared and Revered on a Thursday and be treated to a short talk by researchers, poets and Museum staff as they shed light on some of the exhibition’s most intriguing objects and the stories behind them.
Explore the history of the Murrumbidgee River through ethereal projections created by the Museum’s 2015 artist-in-residence, Vic McEwan. Large-scale still photography and video works take Museum objects out of their cabinets and project them onto fog, mist and campfire smoke drifting over the dark waters of the Murrumbidgee.
Belonging: Stories from Far North Queensland is the second in a three-part exhibition series that captures generations of First Nations cultural knowledge shaped by a profound relationship to Country. Featuring works from Cardwell, Badu Island and Aurukun.
Join us in the Friends Lounge to delve into a tale that is almost 3,000 years old. Stanley Lombardo’s translation of one of the greatest descriptions of ancient warfare combines performance and scholarship in a fascinating form. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends
9.30–10.30am and 11am–12pmYoung learners will discover a world of art, music, movement and sensory play in our Discover and Do sessions. Designed for children aged 3 to 5 years, these programs will help develop their physical and cognitive abilities.
Friday 31 March and Saturday 1 April at 11am, 1pm and 3pmBe one of the first to experience Breathing Space, our new sound installation in the Garden of Australian Dreams. Join renowned musician and composer Genevieve Lacey on a tour as she shares unique insights into this incredible sonic artwork inspired by land, country and place.
Haunting, created by the Museum’s 2015 artist-in-residence Vic McEwan, is an exhibition honouring the Murrumbidgee River and its communities through large-scale photography and video works. Join Vic in this special talk to hear how Museum objects were projected onto the places connected with their stories. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends
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The National Museum of Australia acknowledges First Australians and recognises their continuous connection to Country, community and culture.