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2009

Water: H2O = Life opens at the National Museum
10/12/2009
As the world debates climate change the National Museum of Australia will present an in-depth look at the planet's most precious natural resource — water.

Political cartooning exhibition wraps up 2009
10/12/2009
A prominent media commentator has raised concerns about the future for Australian cartoonists at the launch of Behind the Lines: The Year's Best Cartoons 2009 an exhibition of the year's best political cartoons at the National Museum of Australia today.

Barks, Birds and Billabongs symposium
13/11/2009
The National Museum of Australia will explore the legacy of the biggest scientific expedition in Australian history at Barks, Birds & Billabongs a week long symposium on the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land in 1948.

National Museum tells the story of a fight for Indigenous rights
09/09/2009
From Little Things Big Things Grow: Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970, an exhibition featuring some of the key moments of Aboriginal activism, has been opened by film maker Rachel Perkins at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

National Museum rolls out huge paintings with a big story
02/09/2009
The National Museum of Australia has acquired two large paintings from the south Kimberley in Western Australia and will conduct a conservation inspection on the works in the Hall of the National Museum this evening.

Museum exhibition tells a fine yarn about wool
22/07/2009
For more than 200 years, wool has been part of Australia's social and economic history. An exhibition about this important Australian story, A Fine Yarn: Innovations in Australia's wool industry, opens today at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

Seattle Art Museum returns sacred object to Australia
30/06/2009
The Seattle Art Museum has decided to repatriate an important central Australian Aboriginal secret/sacred object to Australia.

Voyages of the Pacific Ancestors: Vaka Moana
03/06/2009
The National Museum of Australia presents a major exhibition which tells the story of the world's last great migration — the exploration and peopling of the vast Pacific Ocean. Voyages of the Pacific Ancestors: Vaka Moana opens at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on Friday.

Museum accepts a major Australian musical work
11/05/2009
The National Museum of Australia has accepted a major Australian musical work for orchestra and didjeridu which will be played in public for the first time in the Hall of the National Museum tonight.

Museum acquires historic portrait of the Queen
08/05/2009
The National Museum of Australia has acquired one of the most recognisable and treasured examples of 20th century Australian art, a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second by Victorian artist, Sir William Dargie.

Historic cars return to the road
08/04/2009
Two of Australia's most important cars will be road tested following extensive conservation and preservation work at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. The cars will be tested with the assistance of modern motor vehicle experts from NRMA Motoring & Services at Oran Park, Sydney today.

National Museum acquires Canning Stock Route Collection
24/03/2009
The National Museum of Australia is proud to announce that it has acquired the Canning Stock Route Collection.

National Museum recognises stories of resistance
10/03/2009
The lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were profoundly changed by the arrival of British colonists in 1788. The National Museum of Australia presents four powerful stories about Aboriginal resistance on the colonial frontier in a new display.

Museum supports innovation for sustainability
05/03/2009
Selling Yarns 2: Innovation for sustainability, a conference and workshop program exploring contemporary Indigenous craft and design practice, will be held at the National Museum of Australia from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 March, 2009.

National Museum acquires historic document
12/02/2009
The National Museum of Australia has acquired an important historic document presented by an Aboriginal leader to a former Premier of Victoria in 1886.

National Museum explores Australian Journeys
29/01/2009
The National Museum of Australia has opened a major new permanent gallery, Australian Journeys which explores the journeys of people to and from Australia and the social, political and economic impacts of those journeys.

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