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Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route


Through the works of desert artists and the stories of traditional custodians, this exhibition tells the story of the Canning Stock Route's impact on Aboriginal people, and the importance of the Country surrounding it. Free.

From 1 August 2015 to 28 August 2016

Lag Meta Aus: Home in the Torres Strait

Lag | Meta | Aus

Artworks, objects and stories revealing the history and vitality of the Torres Strait. Free.

From 20 June 2014

Permanent galleries

Exhibition in the Hall

Big objects

Journey through Australia with treasured objects from the Museum's collection, based on the theme of travel. Free.

Circa theatre exterior


Multimedia moving theatre providing Museum visitors with an overview of the galleries, the Museum's collections and Australian history. Free.

Eternity sign


Eternity brings to life the personal stories of ordinary and extraordinary people. Free.

First Australians gallery

First Australians

The First Australians gallery introduces visitors to the two Indigenous groups in Australia - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - and shows the wide diversity of languages and cultures within these groups. Free.

Australian Journeys


Explore the voyages that connect Australia to the world. Share personal stories of some of the people who have travelled to and from Australia over time. Includes some of the Museum's latest acquisitions and oldest treasures. Online interactives, video and audio programs, and education resources. Free.

Landmarks: People and Places across Australia


Landmarks is a National Museum gallery exploring a broad history of Australia through stories of places and their peoples. Free.

Old New Land gallery

Old New Land

The Old New Land gallery explores Australia's environmental history. Free.

Travelling exhibitions

Australian of the Year Awards 2016

Australian of the Year Awards 2016

Features personal objects selected by the 2016 Australian of the Year finalists that have special significance to them and communicate something special about their lives and experiences.

Australian Museum, Sydney, 26 July to 9 October 2016

Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia


Explore the history of cycling in Australia in this travelling exhibition developed by the National Museum of Australia.

Scienceworks, Victoria, 9 September to 5 February 2017

Governor Lachlan Macquarie

Governor Lachlan Macquarie

This exhibition highlights Governor Macquarie's lasting contribution to social reform, exploration and urban development in Australia and New South Wales.

Sydney, Macquarie Group Limited, from 15 September 2014, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Red clay teapot

Happy Birthday Play School

Celebrate 50 years of Play School. See Big Ted, Jemima, the Rocket Clock, Magic Windows and more.

Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland, 3 December 2016 to 5 February 2017

One Road

Stunning contemporary artworks from leading artists including Rover Thomas and Jan Billycan.

Osaka, 9 June to 19 July 2016; Kagawa, 5 August to September 2016; Chiba, Tokyo, 8 October 2016 to January 2017; Hokkaido, April to May 2017

Warakurna exhibition


Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes highlights a new art movement emerging from the Western Desert, with works depicting scenes of everyday life and people, historic and contemporary stories.

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, NSW, 12 August to
24 September 2016