What's on: SOLD OUT - Australian Museum Seniors Day

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Seniors tour the First Australians Gallery

Seniors tour the First Australians Gallery
Photographer: Abram Powell  © Australian Museum

Event Type:
Special event
9 March 2017 to 9 March 2017
09.30 AM to 05.00 PM
Australian Museum
Free to all visitors aged 60 and up


Please visit our What's On page for other events and join us for future exciting programs.

In celebration of its 190th anniversary, the Australian Museum welcomes seniors to enjoy free access to the entire museum for one day only, including temporary exhibitions Spiders – Alive & Deadly, and Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters.

This stimulating day features a diverse range of engaging talks, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, unique performances and exciting workshops, along with discounts in the Museum Shop.

Hear Australian Museum experts discuss treasures from the Australian Museum’s extraordinary collection, gain insights into its rich history and experience Indigenous and Pacific cultures through dynamic performances, music, stories and hands on workshops.

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In the Theatre:

11:00am – Aboriginal performance by Muggera Dance Troupe. Muggera means lightning in the yugembeh dialect, and is led by seasoned performer Darren Compton.

12:00pm - Dr Kate Brandis of ANSTO on the Feather Map citizen science project which aims to collect waterbird feathers from wetlands around Australia

1:00pm – Dr Jenny Newell, Manager, East Pacific Collection, on Navigating Climate Change: cultural wealth in the Marshall Islands, with treasures from the AM collection

2:00pm – Vanessa Finney, Manager Archives and Rare Books introduces the exhibition Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters, followed by Through Their Eyes, a performance reflecting on the lives and work of Harriet and Helena Scott. Drawn from the Scott sisters’ own correspondence , their eccentric adolescence on Ash Island and extraordinary scientific achievements are brought to life.

3:00pm: Michael Mel, Manager of the West Pacific Collection, surveys the bilum, one of Papua New Guinea’s most ubiquitous objects. Predominantly associated with women, especially in terms of its manufacture and use, the bilum has become an icon of PNG identity. Michael’s talk reveals the symbolism and important cultural role this woven or knitted bag holds in family and community life, particularly as a maternal link.

4:00pm - Thelma Thomas, introduces the Fiji Youth Initiatives dancers who perform Meke dances sharing the stories of their ancestors and daily village life

In the First Australians (Bayala Nura) and Pacific Galleries
Gain new understandings of Aboriginal and Pacific art and culture through engaging with AM experts and objects from our collections.

Visit our Mini Science Expo
So many questions but don’t know where to begin? Ask a scientist about spiders, meteors, conserving ancient specimens, marine life, modern day toxins and much more…

Hands-on activities
9.30-5pm Assist with the excavation and cleaning of 75 million year old Centrosaurus fossils in the Dinosaur Lab
10am-5pm Beginners are welcome to the botanical and animal sketching workshop led by illustrators Catherine Barham and Zoe Lawrence.
10am – 2pm Try your hand at weaving with Pacific artist Sione Falemaka
1pm – 5pm Create a vintage butterfly accessory with jeweller Victoria Spring

Don’t be a stranger to the Australian Museum, find out how:
- you could become a citizen scientist at the AM Citizen Science Booth
- to become a member and receive benefits at a very special price at the AM Members Booth

190 years and counting
• Discover the AM’s history through colourful events and characters, its beginnings and plans for the future at the AM Heritage Booth
• Enjoy an exclusive viewing of rare books in the Museum Library.

Eating and Shopping with
• 20% discount on delectable treats and meals with a gorgeous city view at No 1 William, our rooftop restaurant
• 10% discount in the Museum Shop

To celebrate Seniors Week, the Australian Museum is also offering all seniors $20 off the 1 year senior family and single Membership rates. Find out more

Australian Museum Seniors Day is presented by the Australian Museum and supported by major sponsor NSW Seniors Festival 

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