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History & ideas

Research and museology

Researcher examining the ground in the desert.

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

William Dargie's celebrated portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
A large Papunya painting by Anatjari Tjakamarra, depicting a journey in a desert landscape.
Wimbledon trophies and racquets belonging to Evonne Goolagong Cawley.
Owned by BHP manager and industrialist Essington Lewis, an early supporter of the Holden car.
A 'make-do' toy tractor owned by a young boy living in rural Australia during the Second World War.
A ceremonial sword presented to Sergeant Arthur Steele on the capture of bushranger Ned Kelly.
300-plus artworks from John and Ros Moriarty's Indigenous design company.
Customised camping gear used by the Dunphy family on bushwalks in the Blue Mountains in the 1930s.
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