WARNING: Visitors should be aware that this website includes images and names of deceased people that may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Now showing in Canberra, free
First Australians: Gallery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is the largest gallery at the National Museum of Australia. Many of the stories are told by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who speak of diversity and connections, the strength and continuity of identities, and the central nature of spirituality in their lives.
Welcome to country
A welcome to country from our Ngunnawal, Ngunawal and Ngambri traditional custodians.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories
The First Australians gallery was developed with extensive community consultation and includes our:
- Welcome Space, with digital interactives, sensory displays and stories of local landscape
- Upper level gallery, on the diversity of communities and enduring attachments to country
- Lower level gallery, on the effects of colonisation since the British arrived in 1788, including first contact, forced removal of children, and the fight for civil and land rights
- Lag Meta Aus: Home in the Torres Strait, our dedicated Torres Strait Islander exhibition
- Focus gallery, featuring special Indigenous exhibitions for up to 12 months
- Open Collections, a massed display of 2000+ cultural artefacts.