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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.

Explore Australian history through collection objects

Fifteen drawing instruments in a presentation case owned and used by architect John Smith Murdoch.
Beautiful pre-16th century maps illustrating the history of the Great South Land.
A mother's gift to her daughter, complete with miniature furnishings and figurines.
Driven by adventurer Francis Birtles in record-breaking overland car journeys of the 1920s.
The world's largest collection of convict tokens, a rare personal record of transportation.
Oil portrait of ‘Robert’, a prize-winning Modern Game bantam cockerel, painted in 1922.
A collection of sporting memorabilia relating to NSW racing cyclist Ken Ross.
John Konrads' medals and memorabilia from the 1960 Rome and 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

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