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Captivating and Curious

Captivating and Curious featured over 450 objects from the National Historical Collection - many of which had never before been displayed.

From Flinders' anchor to Holden prototype car no. 1 and a massive kewpie doll from the 2000 Olympics, the exhibition highlighted significant moments in Australia's history. Many of the objects, such as a lovingly crafted doll's house and a tinker's wagon, offer tales of domestic life and everyday struggles.

Captivating and Curious celebrated the Museum's rich and diverse collection. Today the Museum cares for over 200,000 objects, providing a major resource for exploring Australian history. Each object is a reminder of our past. There is material representing Indigenous Australia, items associated with major events, specimens recording our relationship with the Australian environment, as well as ephemera of our everyday lives. The preservation of this collection ensures that Australians will have access to a visible record of their past.

Captivating and Curious was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 14 December 2005 to 20 March 2006 in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery.

The National Museum of Australia celebrated its 25th anniversary with this very special exhibition.


The images in the above banner graphic are: Kewpie doll, Gift of the NSW Government, part of the Sydney 2000 Games collection; Turtle sculpture from the Jim Davidson collection, artist unknown; Holden prototype car no. 1, 1946.