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National Museum of Australia, Canberra | due to open in early 2022

The National Museum of Australia’s new Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre is a fun, immersive play space for young children, their families and carers. It’s a place where our youngest visitors can meet a series of iconic Australian animals and landscapes, and explore their stories through play-based, hands-on experiences.

Artist impression of an outdoor play space.

Artist’s impression of children in the Chris the Sheep area of the Discovery Centre

There are tales from the deep past, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, and yarns from our history. Drawn from all over Australia, they are stories of creation, transformation, exploration and imagination.

The centre is specifically designed for babies to 6 year olds, and is a parent-supervised area.

Museum Director Dr Mathew Trinca said, ‘It is fantastic to be able to offer a new, dedicated space for the Museum’s youngest visitors and their carers. With its wonderful combination of fun and learning, the Discovery Centre is certain to become a destination space for families.’

The new centre will spark curiosity, stimulate imagination and build knowledge for even the smallest visitor.

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