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Current year - 2016
Joint exhibition commemorates 2017 Australian of the Year national finalists
An advocate for living beyond dementia, a speech pathologist improving literacy in the justice system, a groundbreaking biomedical scientist and an Indigenous health leader, along with refugee champions and campaigners against slavery and domestic violence, will be honoured in a new exhibition featuring the National Australia Day Council’s 2017 Australian of the Year Awards finalists.
Museum wins Canberra region tourism award for ‘Encounters’
The National Museum of Australia has won the Major Festivals and Events prize for its groundbreaking exhibition Encounters: Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum, at the Canberra Region Tourism Awards.
Indigenous artists in Japan for Canning exhibition
Renowned Indigenous artists are visiting Japan for two festival days this month, celebrating the opening of the National Museum of Australia’s One Road: Aboriginal Art from Australia’s Deserts exhibition in Chiba, outside Tokyo.
Museum acquires historic Melbourne Cup champion Michelle Payne’s riding breeches
The riding breeches worn by jockey Michelle Payne when she rode Prince of Penzance to a historic win in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, have been acquired by the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
National Museum of Australia acquires rare gold Adelaide horseracing trophy
A rare 1881 solid gold horseracing trophy from the prestigious Adelaide Hunt Club has been acquired by the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
50,000 visits to A History of the World
The National Museum of Australia in Canberra today marked the 50,000th visit to its blockbuster exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.
Vale Michael Ball
The Council and Staff of the National Museum of Australia have been greatly saddened by the passing of Mr Michael Ball AO. He was a staunch friend of the National Museum of Australia and a passionate advocate for Australian history.
Vision and hearing impaired access for 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'
For the first time in a major exhibition, the National Museum of Australia is offering a suite of special features for blind, vision and hearing-impaired visitors to the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum.
A tribute to John Mulvaney 1925–2016
The passing of Professor Emeritus DJ (John) Mulvaney AO CMG is a deeply sad occasion for the nation. John was a remarkable Australian, arguably the father of the disciplines of archaeology and Aboriginal history in Australia.
Remarkable treasures from the British Museum’s collection on display in Canberra
A rare 2000 year old bronze sculptural head of the Roman emperor Augustus is one of the unique treasures in the British Museum’s ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ exhibition, which opens at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
AnthropoScene film competition
An astounding 141 entries from around the world have been received for AnthropoScene Film Competition.
Bedford truck acquisition
An historic Bedford truck which was used to deliver supplies and correspondence to the Aboriginal stockmen, domestic workers and families who walked off ‘Wave Hill’ station in 1966, as a protest against unfair wages, has been acquired by the National Museum of Australia.
CSIRO global wi-fi invention in ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ exhibition
A revolutionary 1992 CSIRO invention that led to Wi-Fi as we know it today, has been chosen by the National Museum of Australia to be part of the ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ exhibition which opens in Canberra in September.
Encounters Indigenous Cultural Workers Scholarships awardees
Six awardees will embark on three-month intensive internships in Australia and the United Kingdom after being chosen for the inaugural 2016 Encounters Indigenous Cultural Workers Scholarships, sponsored by the National Museum of Australia and The Prince’s Charities Australia.
Iconic Canning Stock Route paintings tour Japan
Iconic Indigenous paintings from the National Museum of Australia’s Canning Stock Route collection go on display in Japan today, at the start of a major international tour of a jewel in the crown of the institution’s National Historical Collection.
Museum acquires Namatjira painting
A watercolour painting of 'Mount Hermannsburg and the Lutheran Mission', by renowned Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira, has been acquired by the National Museum of Australia
World record breaking fleece on display at RSPCA ACT
RSPCA ACT in partnership with the National Museum of Australia is proud to launch the display of 'Chris' the sheep's record-breaking fleece.
National Museum acquires Peter Norman Olympic singlet
The National Museum of Australia in Canberra has acquired the historic 1968 Olympic singlet worn by Australian silver medallist Peter Norman, who was best known for his part in that event's historic civil rights podium protest.
Vale Dr John Hirst
Statement by National Museum of Australia director, Dr Mathew Trinca
New #AustraliaDay twitter emoji unveiled as Australians prepare to share their Australia Day
Whether you’re celebrating 26 January 2016 by swimming at the beach, firing up the BBQ or watching fireworks, this Australia Day there’s one way to make sure you are part of celebrations across the nation – with an exclusive Australia Day Twitter emoji.