If you haven’t visited the National Vietnam Veterans Museum and you live within the Bass Coast Shire, here is your opportunity. Free entry for the day. This is our way of thanking the local community for their support, so don’t forget to put this date in your diary.
Our well loved Wonthaggi Woodcrafters will have wooden model kits for kids to make up and purchase. Some models will be in the shape of the Canberra Bomber, the Huey helicopter, the Jeep and the Centurion Tank. Face painting with local well known artist, Patrice Mahoney, who creates some amazing and interesting faces on willing participants. Fun games for kids, quoits or hopscotch which we used to play in the 60’s, are amongst activities for the day. A special attraction is the Action Station where kids and adults will be able to handle items used by servicemen on their tour of duty. A great opportunity for photos. At the entrance to the museum, kids will be able to register as an NVVM Investigator and follow the clues to discover the secrets of the museum. They will be presented with their very own Certificate with their name on it, on completion of the quest. There will be plenty of volunteers to ask if you get stuck.
This year we are introducing a paper plane competition where there will be a prize for the one that flies the farthest and one for the most detailed model. The competition will run every 2 hours and start at 12pm. A4 paper will be supplied and the models have to be made on site.
A guided tour of the Museum Workshop will be one of the highlights of the day. This area is usually off limits to the public. Members of our restoration team will be available to conduct tours and answer any questions about current restoration projects, including the restoration of the Canberra Bomber and Caribou 231.
Our holographic Light & Sound Show is always popular and we will have our new exhibition, ‘The Skippy Squadron, Qantas in Vietnam’.
Doors will open at 10am – 4pm. The Nui Dat Cafe will be open for delicious snacks and great coffee.
We would like to thank our Sponsors – Bass Coast Shire and Archisign for their generous support.
Located: 25 Veterans Drive, Newhaven. (behind the Helipad). Please call the museum on 5956 6400 for further details.