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History & ideas

Exhibition and feature websites

Defining Moments in Australian History

Many of our exhibitions have extensive feature websites, some with enhanced online-only content. We also have feature websites developed as collaborations with other museums, community groups or students.

Defining Moments in Australian History
Other online feature websites
Exhibitions currently on show

Past exhibitions

Audio on demand

Podcasts of conferences, seminars and programs covering a diverse range of historical and museological topics.


Research and museology

Research and scholarship are central to the National Museum of Australia's collection, exhibitions, publications and other activities. This research includes Australian history, care of its collection and museological areas including audience, evaluation and outreach.

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Explore Australian history through collection objects

Oil portrait of ‘Robert’, a prize-winning Modern Game bantam cockerel, painted in 1922.
Includes the unusually large heart of legendary racehorse Phar Lap and items belonging to the jockeys who rode him to victory.
Prized possessions belonging to a champion horsewoman and show-ring jumper.
One of the earliest Melbourne cups, and a Queen's Plate trophy, won by champion racehorse Tim Whiffler.
Southern Cross Memorial, created by Austin Byrne between 1930 and 1993.
Created by six Martu women to tell stories of their country.
Bushranger Ned Kelly defends his actions in this political manifesto.
Furniture, tools and leatherwork from a saddlery run by three generations of the Quail family in Cooma.

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