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The National Museum of Australia is a social history museum. We explore the land, nation and people of Australia. We focus on Indigenous histories and cultures, histories of European settlement and our interaction with the environment.

6 Jun 17

Seeking black swan memorabilia

Ceramic plate with gold trim and an illustration of a black swan on a map of Western Australia

The National Museum is seeking objects that help to tell a story about the adoption of the black swan to represent the state of Western Australia.

By National Museum of Australia


15 May 17

Recumbent riders visit Museum

Recumbent bike

A recumbent bicycle on show in our Freewheeling exhibition highlights the record-breaking potential of these cycling machines.

By National Museum of Australia


16 Mar 17

Snowy scheme honoured as a Defining Moment

Group of men on a rail engine, outside a mine. Photo: National Archives of Australia.

The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme is being honoured as a Defining Moment in Australian history at a plaque presentation in Cooma this Sunday, 19 March 2017.

By National Museum of Australia