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Autumn school holidays

Join us for creative, hands-on activities for children and families. The Museum welcomes kids and encourages exploration of our exhibitions and outdoor spaces.

Note: No programs on Friday 19, Monday 22 or Thursday 25 April due to public holidays


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Help us create a herd of extinct animals

Monday to Thursday 15–18 April, Tuesday to Wednesday 23–24 and Friday 26 April 2019
10–11.30am and 11.30am – 1pm

Join us in the school holidays and help artist Tom Buckland make a herd of extinct and imaginary animals from found and recycled materials.

Make a thylacine, a Muttaburrasaurus, a Diprotodon or your own imaginary animal. Or be a waste warrior and decorate your own reusable calico bag to take home.

All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $10 child, $5 MKids, adults free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Gandel Atrium

Discover our free how-to instructions for crafting your own extinct animals at home

Chill-out zone

Monday to Thursday 15–18 April, Tuesday to Wednesday 23–24 and Friday 26 April 2019

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
Bookings not required, places limited
Gandel Atrium

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

Browse events by month

Check our calendar for more on our regular toddler program, school holiday activities and Friends Mkids events including school holiday movies and tales for toddlers.

Plan your visit

Learn more about getting here, parking, maps and our parents room with toilet, change table and microwave.

Fun at home

Discover our free how-to instructions for crafting your own creations at home. These step-by-step instructions are inspired by our family activities.

Highlights for young historians

Short on time? Download and use this free one-page PDF guide to explore the Museum’s galleries and discover amazing objects, stories and experiences.

Augmented Reality Trail

The Kspace Augmented Reality (AR) Trail app encourages kids to explore the Museum by finding characters from the Kspace games.

Check out our Kspace app

Plan your visit


Answers to frequently asked questions about visiting the Museum, what to see if you’re short on time, what you can bring into the Museum and more.


More on how to access the National Museum’s building, exhibitions and events; special tours; lifts and toilets; hearing loops, large print and tactile guides and more.

Museum Friends

Join Mkids — for children 3 to 12 — exclusively for children in Friends membership groups, for free and discounted exhibition entry and school holiday activities.

Remember your visit

Thanks for joining us for activities and events at the National Museum of Australia. We hope you enjoyed your experience.

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