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Black Mist Burnt Country
An award-winning national touring exhibition of artworks by over 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, commemorating the British atomic tests in Australia in the 1950s, opens today at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

Flying Doctor lands at the National Museum of Australia
An historic 1960s medical chest and an innovative early pedal generator and radio transceiver used on remote outback homesteads, feature in a new exhibit at the Museum.

Rare Arnhem Land bark paintings on show in Beijing
The National Museum's Old Masters: Australia's Great Bark Artists exhibition opens today at the National Museum of China in Beijing.

Most significant collection of Aboriginal barks to go to China
Delicate and rare bark paintings from the National Museum of Australia’s signature collection will headline an unprecedented exhibition tour of Arnhem Land artworks across China in 2018.

National Museum’s Songlines exhibition wins most prestigious award for a museum or gallery show in 2018
The National Museum's blockbuster Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition has won the nation’s most prestigious award for a museum or gallery show in 2018.

Gandel Philanthropy partners with National Museum in multimillion dollar initiative
Prominent Australian philanthropists John Gandel AC and Pauline Gandel have donated $1.5 million in a partnership with the National Museum of Australia, Canberra to support an unprecedented $6.5 million Defining Moments Digital Classroom initiative to take Australian history into classrooms nationwide.

‘So That You Might Know Each Other’
Fine embroidered textiles, camel and horse saddles, musical instruments and carved amulets, headline a new exhibition opening today at the National Museum of Australia.

Russell Crowe’s ‘Romper Stomper’ Doc Martens purchased by National Museum of Australia
A pair of iconic maroon leather Doc Martens boots worn by Russell Crowe in ‘Romper Stomper’ has been purchased by the National Museum of Australia.

Exquisite French watercolours provide a glimpse into Australia’s past
Stunning depictions of Australian fauna are part of an exhibition of vivid watercolours made by French artists 200 years ago during Nicholas Baudin’s scientific expedition to map Australia, on show at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

Acclaimed Chinese performer to champion National Museum of Australia in China
Nationally acclaimed performer and advocate for traditional Chinese culture, Guo Degang has announced he will serve as a cultural ambassador in China for Canberra’s National Museum of Australia.

Songlines showcased at ASEAN Leaders' Summit
The groundbreaking National Museum of Australia exhibition ‘Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters’, will headline at the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – Australia Special Summit in Sydney.

Pearls and pearlshell
A rare 2000-year-old pearl, an historic hard-hat diving helmet and examples of luminous carved pearlshell are among the objects that tell the story of the nation’s pearling industry in a new exhibition opening at the National Museum of Australia.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and yarn bomber artist Eloise Murphy reveal Love Wheels
A rainbow-coloured crochet bike was welcomed to the National Museum of Australia today.

Museum adds 2017 Holden Calais to collection
The National Museum of Australia has acquired one of the last vehicles to roll off the Holden production line before the Elizabeth factory closed on 20 October 2017, marking the end of Australian-made car manufacturing.