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Encounters: Revealing stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum


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.

From 27 November 2015 to 28 March 2016

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

Lag Meta Aus: Home in the Torres Strait

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

From 20 June 2014

Unsettled: Stories within


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.

From 27 November 2015 to 28 March 2016

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

Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia


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

Wagga Wagga, Museum of the Riverina, 12 February to 15 May 2016.

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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

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.

Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia, 7 November 2015 to 10 January 2016