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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 Indigenous 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


Vic McEwan Vic McEwan, artist-in-residence at the National Museum, will reveal his first installation performance on board the Museum’s Murray River Paddle Steamer Enterprise on Saturday 28 February as part of the By the Water concert at the Enlighten festival. View more about our artist-in-residence

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

New classroom resources

A coin featuring a portrait of James CookExplore our fantastic new collections produced in collaboration with ABC Splash:

- James Cook: Finding your way
- A robot future
- Taming the Australian desert View more classroom resources