Our special Friends-only activities give you an insider's view of the Memorial's exhibitions and galleries. The activities include behind-the-scenes tours and talks by the Memorial's historians and curators.
Bookings are essential for all Friends-only activities.

For further information or to make a booking to attend, please contact the Friends Coordinator on (02) 6243 4523 or email Friends@awm.gov.au

2015 Activity schedule


Stella Bowen Bomber crew
Bomber Crew
Stella Bowen
1944, oil on canvas


Victory in Europe (VE) Day Commemorative Art Tour: Bomber Crew

Thursday 7 May
9.00 am
Meet at the Administration Building
FREE, bookings essential

Stella Bowen’s iconic painting Bomber Crew (ART26265) comes home! Bowen was one of only three women commissioned under Australia’s official war art scheme during the Second World War.

Bomber Crew captures on canvas the experience, adventures and loss of Australian airmen who took part in the air war over Europe, and returns after touring with the Memorial’s exhibition Reality in Flames: modern Australian art and the Second World War.

In conjunction with the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, Friends of the Memorial are invited to join curators behind the scenes for an insight into Bowen’s painting, the portrait sketches she made of the pilots on the day of their fateful mission, and the flying equipment they would have worn.

This special event takes place on Thursday 7 May and will culminate with a tour of a Lancaster bomber in Anzac Hall.

Please note this tour has limited places. Bookings are essential.
Bookings close Friday 1 May



Mother’s Day White Glove Tour

Friday 8th May
10.00 am – 11.30 am
Education Space
FREE, Bookings Essential

Mothers and families of the Friends of the Memorial are invited to an exclusive “White Glove Tour” of the Memorial’s collection to reflect on the strength and endurance of Australian mothers during times of war.

Meet with the curators behind the Memorial’s world-class exhibitions this Mother’s Day for a rare opportunity to handle objects from around the world carried by Australians at war.

Please note this tour has limited places. Bookings are essential.
Bookings close Thursday 7 May