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Open Saturday | Discover Prime Ministerial Treasures

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Join our archivist for a behind-the-scenes look at the treasures and unexpected delights in the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection.

Discover the fascinating personal and political stories behind a range of extraordinary objects, including the Australian flag flown to the moon aboard Apollo 17 between December 7 and 19, 1972. The object has been signed by all of the Apollo 17 astronauts and was given to Gough in recognition of Australia's contribution to the success of the US space program. 

Prime Ministerial Treasures Tours will take place at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Bookings essential, $12 per person. Suitable for ages 12+. 

The Female Orphan School, home of the Whitlam Institute, will be open 11am - 4pm with lots more to see and do.

Visit the fascinating Promiscuous Provenance exhibition, featuring the works of artist Anna Glynn. "The artworks express a nostalgia for an antipodean wonderland before the imprint of colonization was stamped over the landscape and its inhabitants.” - Anna Glynn, artist. Learn more.

Explore Australia's oldest three-story building, join guided tours by our talented volunteers for extra insights, and visit our permanent exhibition A Changing Australia:The Time of Gough Whitlam. This remarkable exhibition looks beyond the dismissal to trace the achievements and lasting legacy of the Whitlam Government in areas that range from universal public health to sewerage. Learn more.