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Early paintings by French explorers

Banded Hare Wallaby Exquisite illustrations by French artists made during Nicolas Baudin’s 1800s exploration of Australia will come to the country as the result of a deal between the Museum of Natural History in Le Havre, France, and six Australian museums, including the National Museum of Australia. View media release and illustrations

Museum launches First World War interactive

A detail from a postcard that features a soldier and a woman embracing. The Museum’s new interactive, Remembering 1914–18, seeks to create a national online connection to the people and events of the First World War. You can get involved by uploading an image of an object from 1914–18, and the story behind it. Explore Remembering 1914–18

Museum seeks help with autograph quilt

A section of the quilt embroidered with the initials 'H.T.' Can you help the Museum identify the 650 people whose embroidered signatures, names, monograms or initials appear on a rare autograph quilt? The quilt was made in Melbourne, Victoria about 1894. View more on the autograph quilt

Museum honours Aboriginal warrior Pemulwuy

Pemulwuy The life of Aboriginal warrior Pemulwuy is being honoured at the Museum as part of its Defining Moments project. The Museum has unveiled a plaque in its Main Hall, commemorating Pemulwuy’s campaign of resistance against Sydney colonists. View more on Pemulwuy

Collaboration brings rare objects to Australia

Shield A landmark partnership between the National Museum of Australia and the British Museum will see rare objects, including a shield from the earliest encounter between Indigenous Australians and Lieutenant James Cook, brought to Australia for the first time since they were collected. View full media release

National History Challenge

A winning entry from 2014 The Museum is a partner in the annual National History Challenge for students. It awards a special prize to the winner of the museum exhibit category. Find out about this year's Challenge

First World War montages

First World War The Museum, in partnership with the National Film and Sound Archive, is showing rare footage of life on the home front in Australia during the First World War. View more about the montages

Governor Lachlan Macquarie exhibition

Governor Lachlan Macquarie The Museum, in collaboration with Macquarie Group Limited, has produced an exhibition in Sydney that highlights Governor Macquarie's lasting contribution to social reform, exploration and urban development in Australia and New South Wales. View more about the Governor Lachlan Macquarie exhibition on show in Sydney

Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia

Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia Explore the history of cycling in Australia in this travelling exhibition developed by the National Museum. On show at the Queensland Museum, Brisbane from 29 November 2014 to 8 June 2015. View more about the exhibition