Tom Roberts at the NGA
Experience the work of legendary Australian artist Tom Roberts this summer at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. This extraordinary exhibition brings together Tom Roberts’ most famous paintings. Paintings such as Shearing the rams (1888-90) and A break away! (1891) are among the nation’s best known works of art. An exhibition for all Australians, it’s not to be missed.
The exhibition takes place during an exciting period of change at the NGA, including a large-scale rehang of almost every work of art, with Australian art taking pride of place in a new location.
Daily from 10am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day) until 28 March 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia, Parkes. Book tickets here.
Amusement parlour: Family space
The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy these summer school holidays with free activities inspired by Sideshow Alley for families to enjoy together.
Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC.
At the National Portrait Gallery, open from 11am-4pm, 26 December 2015 – 24 January 2016.
Australians of the Year exhibition at the National Museum of Australia
Spiders at Questacon
Imagine if you could taste with your fingers and hear with your hair!
Spiders– a joint exhibition between Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and the Australian Museum will help you to unlock the secretive world of these captivating creatures.
Weave your way through the fascinating exhibits and interactive displays to discover how these web-weavers, hunters and burrowers outlived the dinosaurs to become one of the most successful creatures on earth.
Bravely step into the web of a net-casting spider to get your photo taken or peer into spider innards using 3D scanning technology—what do you see?
Challenge a peacock spider to a dance-off or, if you dare, ‘hold’ a virtual wolf spider in the palm of your hand!
Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of spiders as you listen to Australian Scientists detailing their latest discoveries and learn how you can get closer to spiders in your own garden.
Featuring up to 200 spider specimens including live Australian tarantulas, funnel-webs, redbacks and giant water spiders you will learn there is more than meets the eye to these beautiful creatures.
Play Up pokes its tongue out at the idea that museums are hands off. Stand up, muck up, dress up, make up, think up and step up in a fabulous space that has turned the traditional idea of what goes on in museums completely on its head.
In Play Up it is visitors to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House (MOADOPH) who are the curators – the exhibition has been developed with children and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play Up celebrates the important role children have in the cultural life of our communities. Most importantly Play Up is a place for fun. At MOADOPH and open from 9am to 5pm daily.
HOLIDAY SHOPPING HOURS AND MORE
For our handy guide as to what restaurants, bars and cafes are open over the holidays, click here.
|Saturday – 26th Dec Boxing Day||10:00am – 4:00pm|
|Sunday – 27th Dec||10:00am – 4:00pm|
|Saturday 26 Dec||8.00am – 7.00pm|
|Sunday 27 Dec||10.00am – 4.00pm|
Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons
Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse
New KSPACE at the National Museum of Australia
KSPACE is a three-stage experience and up to 12 visitors can take part in each stage. Visitors start their adventure in the Design Station where they use touchscreens to create a time-travelling robot. They then enter a Time Pod where they are blasted back to a mystery location, such as the Victorian goldfields of 1854 or Sydney in the 1930s when the Harbour Bridge was being built.
Visitors then use their robots to explore the location and collect points before teaming up with others as one big robot to complete a mission unique to that time and place. Kspace sessions start every 10 minutes and take 30 minutes to complete.
Kspace is open to general visitors: Weekends, public holidays and ACT school holidays, with sessions starting between 9.15am and 4.00pm. Mondays to Fridays, with sessions starting between 12pm and 1.30pm (during school term time).
Pick up a pencil and enjoy the experience of drawing while listening to Hope Street Band, keyboard, vocals, bass, guitar and percussion at the National Portrait Gallery. Ideal for all ages and abilities, all materials are provided.
At the National Portrait Gallery, December 27 from 1-3pm.