28 June 2022, Sydney: Put your science and cultural knowledge to the test these July school holidays with a visit to the Australian Museum and be amongst the first to discover the museum’s newest addition, Burra, a permanent learning and play space opening Saturday 2 July, 2022.

Western science and First Nations knowledges come together to reveal stories of Australia’s native animals through the eyes of burra the eel, and to celebrate the opening of Burra, there will be special school holidays workshops for children and families.

On its grand opening weekend, and as part of NAIDOC week, visitors can learn weaving techniques, shell craft and spear demonstrations from First Nations Elders, Aunty D and Uncle Steve, learn a few words in Dharawal - the language of First Nations peoples on lands that extend from Botany Bay to Nowra and across to Camden and even discover more about Sydney's wildlife like our most unlikely icon, the white ibis, Dates: 2 & 3 July Times: 10–11:30am and 12:30–2pm. Cost; Free.

Aspiring architects and builders, or for those who just like to get their hands dirty, Ancient Builders workshops will teach children about ancient clay building techniques and how to build their own miniature house. Dates: 4 & 5 July Times: 10:30am – 12:30pm Ages: 5 – 7 yrs + 8 – 13 yrs Cost: $52 Members, $65 non-Members (Creative Kids vouchers accepted).

During NAIDOC week, don’t miss your chance to expand your knowledge and learn more about our rich First Nations history with our Warana Tours. Led by a First Nations guide, visitors will learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge systems and sustainable practices that helped Australia’s Firs Nations peoples become one of the oldest living civilisations on the planet. Dates; Wed, Sat & Sun; Times: 11.30am, 1pm. Ages: 8+ Cost; $28 Members, $35 non-Members, $31.50 conc, $17.50 child.

Budding palaeontologists have one final chance to get hands-on building brick dinosaurs and mystery mosaics at Jurassic World by Brickman. Dates: must close 17 July. Book your tickets here.

For families on a budget, the AM offers free general admission to all visitors, and accepts Dine and Discover vouchers as well as Parents NSW vouchers for events, AM membership and in our restaurants.

For more information on all school holiday activities visit https://australian.museum/event/school-holidays/.

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