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About our collections

Holden prototype
The National Historical Collection is the National Museum of Australia’s core collection of Australian history. The Holden Prototype Car No. 1 is part of the historical vehicle collection.

Recent acquisition

Crankset detail from the Ridley 'Helium' road bike owned by Cadel Evans.

Cadel Evans cycling collection includes two bikes owned by the champion cyclist.

Can you help?

Painting of a large yellow square in a dark grey background with tracks on the left and bottom.

Do you know anything about the 2000 works in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection?

Recent acquisition

1866 Melbourne Cup

The 1866 Melbourne Cup is the earliest known Melbourne Cup in its original state.

Caring for the collection

Image of a woman measuring a glass specimen case containing a small lizard.

Go behind the scenes to find out how the Museum cares for the collection and prepares objects for display.

Collection interactives from current and past exhibitions

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We hold a rich and diverse collection of Australian historical material in trust for the nation.

Our online collection database includes about 10 per cent of the objects in our collection and searches about 48,000 objects.

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