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History & ideas

Research and museology

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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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Audio on demand

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


Exhibition and feature websites

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.

Explore Australian history through collection objects

Soccer uniforms, medals and trophies from a champion of football in Australia.
The original prototype cochlear implant and a major advance in the treatment of deafness.
Rare boomerangs, clubs and a shield featuring elaborate decorations.
The definitive model for millions of cars and the sole survivor of three test sedans shipped to Australia.
Clocks and the windows from Australia's longest-running children's TV show.
300-plus artworks from John and Ros Moriarty's Indigenous design company.
A modern take on mermaid-like spiritual beings from Western Arnhem Land.
A powerful expression of artist Alick Tipoti's Torres Strait Islander heritage.
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