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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

One of the oldest working paddle steamers in the world.
The skin and body of a Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, collected shortly before the species became extinct.
The 1934 Melbourne Cup trophy won by racehorse Peter Pan.
A handmade wall-hanging which illustrates a powerful story of postwar migration.
This distinctive French car, dubbed the little lemon, was the first to travel around Australia.
Hand-crafted by one of the first German families to arrive in Australia.
A powerful symbol of the systemic removal of Indigenous children from their families.
An Australian flag retrieved from the ruins of the World Trade Center.

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