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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

The world's largest collection of convict tokens, a rare personal record of transportation.
Driven by adventurer Francis Birtles in record-breaking overland car journeys of the 1920s.
A clock salvaged from the 'Southern Cloud' wreck, the site of Australia's first major civil air disaster.
Recovered from the Great Barrier Reef 200 years after it was jettisoned from Cook's 'Endeavour'.
A large Papunya painting by Anatjari Tjakamarra, depicting a journey in a desert landscape.
A trophy linked to the early days of rugby league and star player Dally Messenger.
An Australian flag retrieved from the ruins of the World Trade Center.
A Concord coach used in northern New South Wales in the 1880s, and later in several films.
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