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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

An outfit worn by the Aboriginal historian at key moments in the reconciliation campaign.
A gift from Aboriginal artist Dick Roughsey, best man at the first white wedding on Mornington Island.
One of the earliest Melbourne cups, and a Queen's Plate trophy, won by champion racehorse Tim Whiffler.
One of a few surviving examples of Australian engineer Edgar Percival's most successful aircraft designs.
Presented for defending an attack by bushrangers Ben Hall, John Gilbert and John O'Meally in 1863.
A Featherston design linked with Australia's contribution to the 1967 Montreal world exhibition.
Harold Wright's remarkable home and workshop for 30 years.
A rare collection linked to the history of agriculture and industry in Australia.

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