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2006

Museum curator wins top archaeology award
18/12/2006
The National Museum of Australia's Director of Research and Development, Dr Mike Smith, has been awarded the nation's highest archaeological award, the Rhys Jones Medal.

Nation's top cartoonists go Behind the Lines
13/12/2006
The twists and turns of the political year, as seen by Australia's top cartoonists, are portrayed in the National Museum of Australia's popular Behind the Lines exhibition, opening in Canberra tomorrow.

Major exhibition on surf lifesaving opens
06/12/2006
The Minister for the Arts, Senator Rod Kemp, has opened a major exhibition at the National Museum of Australia celebrating the centenary of surf lifesaving in Australia.

Centenary of Rugby League exhibition
27/11/2006
The National Museum of Australia is preparing a major new exhibition to celebrate the centenary of Rugby League in Australia.

Museum acquisition sheds light on great mystery of Australian exploration
23/11/2006
The Minister for the Arts, Senator Rod Kemp, today announced the acquisition of the first authenticated artefact from an enduring mystery of Australian history – the disappearance of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt's expedition in 1848.

Satirists share trade secrets with students
15/11/2006
Chris Taylor from the Chaser team will be quizzed about pushing boundaries and perceptions of bias when he faces three secondary students at the year's final Talkback Classroom forum at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday.

Cricket greats caught in new collection
07/11/2006
A baggy green cap worn by Greg Chappell as captain of the Australian cricket team and wicket keeper Wally Grout's record eight-catch ball are highlights of a new cricket collection being unveiled at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra tomorrow.

Miss Australia reflects search for identity
13/10/2006
Museum of Brisbane (MoB) is set to premiere a new National Museum of Australia exhibition exploring the glamour, golden years and changing notion of ideal Australian womanhood associated with the Miss Australia Quest.

Historic cars visit Parliament House
13/10/2006
The Prime Minister today inspected two treasures of Australia's motoring history which have been conserved and preserved by the National Museum of Australia.

National Museums hooks Cook collection
29/09/2006
Artefacts illustrating Captain James Cook's great skill as a navigator and his enduring impact on British society have been acquired by the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

Students grill Shorten on leadership
11/09/2006
Australian Workers' Union national secretary Bill Shorten will be quizzed about his political leadership ambitions when he appears at a Talkback Classroom interview at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra this Wednesday.

National Museum hooked on Goulburn River
29/08/2006
The craft of making a handmade fly, the return of native fish and the joy of catching a crayfish are explored in a new National Museum of Australia online exhibition about the Goulburn River.

Students quiz Australia's top public servant
21/08/2006
Three secondary school students will question Australia's most senior public servant, the Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr Peter Shergold, at a Talkback Classroom forum at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday morning.

Tasmanians tell their story in a museum first
10/08/2006
A groundbreaking new museum book which allows Tasmanian Aborigines to tell their own stories is being launched by the National Museum of Australia in Hobart tomorrow.

Beads link Commonwealth in new exhibition
09/08/2006
The creative use of beads across Commonwealth nations over many centuries is explored in a new exhibition opening at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra tomorrow.

Experts unravel meaning of Cook curiosities
26/07/2006
Different perspectives on the cultural significance of artefacts collected on Captain James Cook's Pacific voyages will be discussed at a symposium at the National Museum of Australia this Friday.

Dennis Grant joins National Museum team
18/07/2006
Dennis Grant has taken up the role of Director of Public Affairs at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. He was formerly head of communications and marketing at the Australian War Memorial.

New masks and media on show at Museum
11/07/2006
A spectacular collection of ceremonial masks and headdresses from the Torres Strait and an exhibition looking at the work of Goolarri Media Enterprises in Broome go on show at the National Museum in Canberra this week.

Rare Pacific artefacts return to Southern Hemisphere
30/06/2006
Rare artefacts collected on Captain James Cook's Pacific voyages have returned to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time in 220 years and are on show in an exhibition opening today at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

Talkback Classroom goes to South Korea
30/06/2006
Two Australian secondary students visiting South Korea to study prospects for peace and reunification will question a key Korean government adviser next week in the National Museum of Australia's first Asian Talkback Classroom.

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