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2011

National Museum acquires rare colonial ‘Holey dollar’
14/12/2011
The National Museum of Australia in Canberra has acquired a rare 1813 New South Wales ‘Holey dollar’ – the first currency minted in Australia.

Life in Children's Homes and Institutions
15/11/2011
An exhibition at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra will go behind the gates of Australia's Children's Homes and Institutions in the 20th Century and find the voices of the children who lived under institutional care.

National Museum restores historic Holden, on show at Open Day
04/11/2011
The first Holden car sold in Australia, number 48-215, or FX model as it became known, is back in working order following an extensive mechanical overhaul at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

National Museum displays horse racing treasures
04/11/2011
The National Museum of Australia has acquired two significant trophies presented to winners of the Melbourne Cup.

Off the Walls: art in the context of cultural politics
27/10/2011
A rich and diverse collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, gathered over almost 40 years by Australian Government agencies responsible for Aboriginal affairs will be on display at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra until June, 2012.

National Museum provides cultural introduction to Australia for Commonwealth heads
24/10/2011
A remarkable collection of paintings and stories from the deserts of Western Australia, gathered and presented in a record-breaking exhibition, will form the cultural centrepiece for visitors to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth

National Museum hosts major exhibition of contemporary Chinese art
29/09/2011
A New Horizon: Contemporary Chinese Art, an exhibition that examines the art of China since 1949, has opened at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

National Museum acquires Konrads’ Olympic medals
20/09/2011
The National Museum of Australia has acquired a significant collection of Olympic medals and official clothing won by swimmer John Konrads at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.

Bipotaim: stories before time
15/09/2011
Stories from the Torres Strait and a way of life that is disappearing or has already disappeared are told in a new exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.

September 11 remembered at the National Museum of Australia
09/09/2011
The National Museum of Australia is marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington with displays which directly connect Australia and Australians to the hijacking and destruction of passenger aircraft by terrorists in the United States.

National Museum begins a national conversation
08/07/2011
The National Museum of Australia has begun a new discussion program to engage with opinion makers in debates about the nation's future and the history of ideas in Australia.

National Museum opens Landmarks gallery
02/06/2011
The National Museum of Australia has opened a major new permanent gallery, Landmarks: People and Places across Australia. Bringing together more than 1500 objects, Landmarks explores Australian history since European settlement.

Major exhibition on the Irish in Australia opens at the National Museum
17/03/2011
The epic story of the Irish in the history of Australia is told in a major exhibition at the National Museum of Australia which opens in Canberra on St Patrick's Day, March 17, 2011.

National Museum exhibition sets new record
27/01/2011
Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route, an exhibition of paintings and stories of the Aboriginal history of the world's longest stock route, has closed at the National Museum of Australia after attracting a record number of visitors.

National Museum exhibition sets new record
27/01/2011
National Museum of Australia exhibition, Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route, sets visitor record.

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