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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

A modern take on mermaid-like spiritual beings from Western Arnhem Land.
A Featherston design linked with Australia's contribution to the 1967 Montreal world exhibition.
Memorabilia associated with Australian aviation pioneers, Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm.
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.
Burke's water bottle and other objects linked to the 1861 overland expedition.
John Konrads' medals and memorabilia from the 1960 Rome and 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
Made by teenager Nettie McColive while growing up on an isolated SA dairy farm in the 1930s.

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