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Darwin exhibition at the National Museum of Australia
Darwin, the most in-depth exhibition ever mounted on the renowned naturalist Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution, will go on display at the National Museum of Australia on December 10, 2008 until March 29, 2009.

Political cartooning exhibition wraps up 2008
Behind the Lines: The Year's Best Cartoons 2008, an exhibition exploring the twists and turns of another eventful year in Australian politics, has been opened by the Hon Peter Garrett, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts at the National Museum of Australia.

Contemporary Indigenous fibre art ReCoil at Museum
ReCoil: Change and Exchange in Coiled Fibre Art explores the influences underpinning changes to contemporary Indigenous fibre art happening in many parts of Australia. The exhibition opens at the National Museum of Australia this weekend.

Southern Cloud plane crash remembered
In May 1931 two crew and six passengers lost their lives in one of Australia's greatest aviation mysteries — the disappearance of the Southern Cloud. Despite a comprehensive air search, the wreck lay undiscovered in the Snowy Mountains for 27 years.

National Museum acquires sword
The National Museum of Australia has acquired a sword which tells part of the Ned Kelly story.

PS Enterprise celebrates 130th birthday
The National Museum of Australia will celebrate the remarkable story of the Paddle Steamer Enterprise and volunteers who keep the vessel steaming 130 years after it was launched in Echuca in 1878.

Damage to PS Enterprise
National Museum of Australia conservators have begun an assessment of damage to the Paddle Steamer Enterprise caused by a steel bar which was thrown at the vessel at 9.43am on Saturday 27 September.

Museum acquires Burke and Wills expedition watch
The National Museum of Australia has acquired a gold pocket watch used by the explorer William John Wills on the 1860s Victorian Exploring Expedition, the legendary Burke and Wills expedition.

Celebrating Australian Citizenship Day 2008
More than 1600 people will become Australian citizens tomorrow as part of Australian Citizenship Day celebrations around the nation.

Emily - a hit in Japan and now heading home
The National Museum of Australia's exhibition Utopia: the Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye has closed at the National Arts Center in Tokyo, Japan after attracting more than 100,000 visitors.

Photographic exhibition captures a different time
The National Museum of Australia will showcase a large selection of never before seen images in a free photographic exhibition, A Different Time: The Expedition Photographs of Herbert Basedow 1903 -1928, from 11 July to 12 October 2008.

Snapshot of Aussie Greek cafe culture
A photography exhibition exploring an important chapter in the development of Australian culture, Selling an American Dream: Australia's Greek Café, opens at the National Museum of Australia on Friday 11 July.

Vivid launch: an Australian eye behind the lens
A national celebration of photography in Australia, including 100 exhibitions at 50 venues across Canberra, will be launched at the National Museum of Australia at 6.30pm on Friday 11 July, 2008.

Museum introduces online education resource
The National Museum of Australia celebrates NAIDOC Week 2008 with the introduction of an online resource to help teachers and their students explore the 1967 Referendum and the significance of this landmark event in Australian history.

Kate Ellis and William Zillman tackle sport
A panel of three Victorian secondary students will question The Hon Kate Ellis MP, Minister for Youth and Sport and William Zillman, Canberra Raiders first grade rugby league player about sport in a Talkback Classroom forum at the National Museum of Australia on Wednesday, May 28.

Emily Kngwarreye exhibition opens in Tokyo
The largest collection of works by an Australian artist to be exhibited outside Australia will go on display at the National Art Centre, Tokyo, Japan from May 28 until July 28, 2008.

Museum receives Johnny Warren collection
The National Museum of Australia has received a major donation of the Johnny Warren collection, almost 500 objects related to the life of the footballer, administrator, journalist and television personality.

Bendigo Pottery's Bill Derham to visit Museum
In 1968 Bill Derham took over leadership of Bendigo Pottery and drove the company out of a period of struggle into a flourishing business. Bill will visit Bendigo Pottery: Celebrating 150 Years, a display celebrating the history of one of Australia's best known potteries, at the National Museum of Australia at 10am tomorrow.

League of Legends - free content for radio
The National Museum of Australia is making the stories from the exhibition League of Legends: 100 years of Rugby League in Australia available for free mp3 download and broadcast.

National Museum acquires Melbourne Cup
The National Museum of Australia has acquired one of Australian horse racing's treasures, the 1934 Melbourne Cup won by the great chestnut champion Peter Pan.

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