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The experience

The experience

Silver cup with gold trim and wooden base.
Melbourne Cup won by Tim Whiffler, 1867. National Museum of Australia.

The exhibition will trace how horses have enriched our lives, built our society and shaped our environments, offering visitors the opportunity to discover the powerful bonds that link us with these beautiful animals.

It will draw together objects from the National Museum’s National Historical Collection, including icons of Australian thoroughbred racing, historic horsedrawn vehicles, tools from a 1920s saddlery shop, a World War One Australian Light Horse uniform, equine anatomical specimens and trophies and equipment from the nation's leading international equestrians.

Film, sound and sculptural elements bring the majesty and character of the horse into the space, with specially produced audiovisual elements profiling contemporary equestrians talking about their lives with their horses.

The exhibition will offer a range of experiences for visitors, including:

  • a children’s trail and a specially designed family activity area
  • an extended equine encounter beyond the exhibition, into the Museum's galleries to discover treasures like Phar Lap's heart and the Sunshine stripper-harvester
  • a comprehensive website with extra information about Australia's horse history, behind-the-scenes stories, videos and visitors' horse tales.

People and the Environment

Horses in Australia is part of the National Museum's People and the Environment program. Discover more stories about people's relationships with Australia's natural and built environments on our People and the Environment website.