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Exhibition explores Australia's land, nation, people
A major exhibition showcasing the best of the National Museum of Australia's collection will be launched at the Museum in Canberra next Tuesday, 13 December.

Goolagong Cawley's trophies acquired for nation
Tennis champion Evonne Goolagong Cawley's Wimbledon trophies have found a home at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra - with the spoils of her 1980 victory set to go on show in a new sports exhibition opening on 1 December.

Saw doctor's wagon moves to major exhibition
A five-tonne wagon that was workplace and home to a self-styled 'saw doctor' during the Depression will be moved from Mitchell to the National Museum tomorrow in preparation for an exhibition which showcases the wide diversity of the National Historical Collection - Captivating and Curious.

High school students to query Muslim leader
Three secondary school students will ask the president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Dr Ameer Ali, about relations between Australian Muslims and non-Muslims since 11 September 2001 in a Talkback Classroom forum at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra this week.

Museum tourism's best third year in a row
The National Museum of Australia has consolidated its status as a hallmark tourism destination after being named the Canberra and Capital Region's best Major Tourist Attraction for the third year running.

Aussie and US teens quiz UN media official
Australian and American students will interview the United Nations' chief media spokesman, Shashi Tharoor, about how the UN represents itself to the media during a special international Talkback Classroom session at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra this Friday.

Exhibition takes plunge at Museum's waterhole
An exhibition showcasing the latest book of Australian children's author and illustrator Graeme Base - The Waterhole - opens later this week at the National Museum of Australia's own waterhole, the backyard pool in the Garden of Australian Dreams.

Possum skin cloaks in new exhibition and book
The cultural revival of making possum skin cloaks is explored in a new exhibition and book being launched at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Melbourne tomorrow.

Melbourne Cup joins Phar Lap at Museum
The Melbourne Cup goes on show at the National Museum tomorrow alongside another icon - Phar Lap's heart - 75 years after the legendary horse won the prestigious race.

Museum offers new research fellowships
The National Museum of Australia is inviting established scholars to apply for a prestigious new fellowship program which begins next year.

International performance conference in Canberra
The power of performance in tackling controversial and contemporary issues will be explored in a landmark international conference in Canberra this week.

Stott Despoja to face young interviewers
South Australian Senator and former Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja will discuss politics, youth and her career with three students in a Talkback Classroom interview this week at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

Miss Australia book charts charity and change
The history of fundraising, corporate sponsorship and community service are explored alongside changing notions of national identity and Australian womanhood in a new book on the Miss Australia Quest.

Gondwana comes to life on Canberra stage
The prehistoric world of Gondwana comes to life at the National Museum from this Saturday in a epic production featuring full body dinosaur puppets and a giant inflatable garden.

Dinosaurs given new life for Gondwana
The prehistoric forces that shaped Australia and the early dinosaurs and plants that populated the great south land come to life in an epic production at the National Museum of Australia from 24 September.

Exhibition anchored to 25 years of collecting
An anchor from explorer Matthew Flinders' ship Investigator is being unveiled in Canberra this week as part of a new exhibition opening at the National Museum later this year.

Students to get the good oil on Garrett
Three secondary school students will ask federal Labor member for Kingsford Smith Peter Garrett about the roles of pop stars versus politicians in influencing public issues in a Talkback Classroom forum at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday.

Best of Museum's collection on show
An exhibition showcasing the rich diversity of the National Museum of Australia's collection will open in Canberra on 14 December.

Australian museums partnering with Pacific neighbours
Australian museums will soon be sharing expertise with their Asia-Pacific neighbours thanks to a new scheme designed to strengthen the unique cultural identities of the region.

Weather observed from the top of Australia
Museum senior curator Matthew Higgins will tell the intriguing story of a group of men who lived on the top of Australia around the turn of the last century - on Wednesday at the National Museum in Canberra.

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