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A Change Is Gonna Come

A Change Is Gonna Come

The 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision were significant events in the ongoing struggle to achieve equal rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Explore these and other remarkable stories of resistance.

Until 30 January 2018

Evolution: Masks from the Torres Strait

Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

Explore the longstanding importance of masks in Torres Strait culture and how they continue to influence contemporary art forms in this exhibition developed by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Thursday Island.

Until 23 July 2017

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For cycling enthusiasts of all ages, this exhibition is a must see — 140 years of Australia’s cycling history spinning into Canberra. The extraordinary bikes on show include Cadel Evans’ Tour de France road bike and a BMX belonging to world champion Caroline Buchanan.

Until 9 July 2017

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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.

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.

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.