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About

WARNING: Visitors should be aware that this website includes images and names of deceased people that may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


About

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program (ATSIP) at the National Museum of Australia works with Indigenous communities to collect, preserve and exhibit their objects and stories. We also:

  • work with communities to interpret Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories
  • engage with local and international visitors through a dynamic program of exhibitions, publications, forums, workshops, online features and collection visits
  • are responsible for gallery and exhibition development, collection research and assessments, and community access visits and consultations
  • manage the Museum’s repatriation program
  • contribute to discussions on contemporary issues and policy developments around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and representation in the museum and cultural industries
  • celebrate and acknowledge key historic dates, issues and stories that are important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We are continually working on new projects, events and exhibitions which help to reveal the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and cultural material, both historic and contemporary.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program team. Photo: Sam Birch.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program team. Photo: Sam Birch.