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Encounters: Revealing stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum
From 27 November 2015 to 28 March 2016
Encounters features rare, early Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum. They are displayed with new objects from the Indigenous communities represented in the exhibition. Free.
Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route
From 1 August 2015
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.
Lag Meta Aus: Home in the Torres Strait
From 20 June 2014
Artworks, objects and stories revealing the history and vitality of the Torres Strait. Free.
Unsettled: Stories within
From 27 November 2015 to 28 March 2016
In Unsettled: Stories within, five leading Indigenous Australian artists respond to the National Museum of Australia’s major exhibition, Encounters, which reveals Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural material collected during the early years of European colonisation. Free.

Permanent galleries

Exhibition in the Hall
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
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
The Old New Land gallery explores Australia's environmental history. Free.

Travelling exhibitions

About the awards
Sydney, Australian Museum, 4 August to 29 November 2015
Personal objects and video from Rosie Batty, Rodney Croome, Debra-lee Furness, Gill Hicks and the other state finalists in the 2015 Australian of the Year Awards.
Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia
Ballarat, Gold Museum, 31 October 2015 to 31 January 2016.
Explore the history of cycling in Australia in this travelling exhibition developed by the National Museum of Australia.
Convict love token
Sydney, Macquarie Group Limited, from 15 September 2014, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
This exhibition highlights Governor Macquarie's lasting contribution to social reform, exploration and urban development in Australia and New South Wales.
Warakurna exhibition
Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia, 7 November 2015 to 10 January 2016
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.