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2017

Museum acquires historic Jack Brabham car
21/12/2017
The National Museum of Australia has acquired an historic car constructed and driven by Australian racing legend and three-time Formula One (F1) world champion Sir Jack Brabham, AO, OBE.

Museum takes 'Love Wheels' into collection
20/12/2017
The rainbow crocheted Love Wheels bicycle which was chained to a pole outside Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Sydney home during the marriage equality postal vote campaign will join the National Museum of Australia's collection in Canberra.

Joint exhibition commemorates 2018 Australian of the Year State and Territory recipients
14/12/2017
A new exhibition honouring 2018 Australian of the Year State and Territory recipients opens at the National Museum today.

Midawarr | Harvest
23/11/2017
The exhibition 'Midawarr | Harvest: The Art of Mulkun Wirrpanda and John Wolseley' was launched today at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

National Museum wins Canberra Region Tourism Award for the second time
18/11/2017
The National Museum of Australia has won the Major Festivals and Events prize for its most popular ever exhibition, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum', at the Canberra Region Tourism Awards.

Collisions – two worlds impact across time
18/09/2017
Collisions is an extraordinary virtual reality (VR) experience which takes visitors on a journey to the land of Indigenous elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian desert.

Songlines exhibition opens in Canberra
14/09/2017
An ancient creation saga featuring a dramatic chase across the Australian deserts is at the heart of the groundbreaking exhibition Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters, which opens at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra tomorrow.

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String
10/08/2017
A national touring exhibition focused on shell stringing, one of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community’s most culturally significant and closely guarded traditions, opens at the National Museum of Australia today.

Appointment of three new Council members
01/08/2017
The National Museum of Australia in Canberra has welcomed three new federal government appointments to its governing Council, which will reinforce the institution's continued commitment to excellence, enterprise and innovation.

Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks
27/07/2017
Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks features 20 of the world’s most astonishing skyscrapers from Australia, Asia, Canada, USA and United Arab Emirates, constructed with breathtaking architectural detail and accuracy by Australia’s Ryan McNaught, the only certified LEGO professional in the Southern Hemisphere.

Vale Don McMichael
15/06/2017
The staff and Council of the National Museum of Australia note with sadness the recent death of Dr Don McMichael, inaugural Director of the National Museum and a long-term advocate for Australian museums.

Black swan objects wanted
06/06/2017
The National Museum is seeking objects that help tell the story relating to the adoption of the black swan as the symbol for the state of Western Australia.

A Change Is Gonna Come
24/05/2017
An exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum is being launched at the National Museum today.

Striking Torres Strait Islander masks on display
19/05/2017
An exhibition of 12 striking masks and related cultural materials celebrating the rich and continuing tradition in the Torres Strait opens today at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

Draft Peninsula Plan
02/05/2017
Today the National Capital Authority released the Acton Peninsula Precinct Draft Structure Plan for community consultation.

Moon rock on display for first time in 15 years
06/04/2017
A fragment of a rock brought back from the 1972 ‘Apollo 17’ moon mission will be on display at the National Museum of Australia from Monday, 10 April, after appearing on celebrity scientist, Professor Brian Cox’s three-part Stargazing Live program.

National Museum honours Snowy Hydro as a Defining Moment in Australian History
19/03/2017
The National Museum of Australia today presented the town of Cooma in southern NSW with a commemorative plaque, honouring the region’s Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme as a Defining Moment in Australian History.

National Museum of Australia hosts events celebrating the work of Albert Namatjira
03/03/2017
The National Museum of Australia is hosting a series of events, including a new exhibit and the launch of a charitable trust, to celebrate the work of artist Albert Namatjira, his community and descendants.

Official Twitter #AustraliaDay emoji launched ahead of national celebrations
19/01/2017
Twitter Australia, the National Australia Day Council and the National Museum of Australia are encouraging all Australians to share their Australia Day celebrations online, with the launch of an official #AustraliaDay Twitter emoji, unveiled today.

National Museum marks one-millionth global visit to A History of the World in 100 Objects
06/01/2017
The National Museum in Canberra is celebrating the one-millionth global visit to its blockbuster exhibition, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum', and is extending its opening hours until the show closes on 29 January 2017.

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