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First Australians: Gallery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Now showing in Canberra

Collage of three images. Top: Boy with Aboriginal flag. Photo: George Serras. Middle: Contemporary dancer Vicki Van-Hout and partner. Photo: Andrew Sheargold. Bottom: Alick Seriba Tipoti. Photo: Dragi Markovic.

To improve audience understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, this National Museum of Australia gallery presents stories, objects and images that explore the culture and experiences of Australia's first peoples from time immemorial, through colonisation to contemporary Australian life.

The National Museum works with Indigenous Australians to collect, preserve and exhibit Indigenous material culture. The Museum takes a leadership role in using this material to interpret Indigenous Australian histories and engages with local and international visitors through a dynamic program of permanent and temporary exhibitions, publications, forums, workshops, online exhibitions, and collection visits.

The Museum also works closely with Indigenous communities to return human remains and secret/sacred objects to their ancestral custodians.
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In these webpages you can find out more about past and ongoing Museum projects.

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To accurately reflect the past, this section of the website may contain information from oral histories and quotes from original documents. This means that words and descriptions may appear that are not acceptable for use today. The spelling of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander names and words conforms with current community usage.