The National Museum of Australia holds a rich and diverse collection of Australian historical material in trust for the nation. People's interaction with the environment is one of our three core collecting areas. Here, you will find object and collection information developed by the People and Environment program.
Writers and artists look closely at our collections to produce essays and artworks that suggest new ways of understanding Australia, other species, and ourselves.
Flemington on Cup Day
Explore the workings and wonders of Flemington, Australia's largest racecourse, on Melbourne Cup Day. See how fashions have changed over the years, hear about broadcasting from veteran race caller Greg Miles, see a parade of champion horses and check out some of the objects on show in our Landmarks gallery.
Exploring the world at Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie, on the central coast of New South Wales, has inspired scientific and historical inquiry for generations. Learn how artist Annabella Innes, amateur astronomer William Macdonnell and agriculturalist Thomas Dick recorded and responded to landscapes, plants, animals and people in the area.
European voyages to the Australian continent
Explore various journeys to the Australian continent through themes of trade, navigation, science and empire. Learn more about the voyages and how the objects carried by different voyagers were made, used or conserved.
Launch the Voyaging with a needle Flash interactive
(Flash 9 compatible – download Flash)