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Rome: City and Empire

Rome: City and Empire

Witness the grandeur of the vast empire of ancient Rome and share stories of everyday life, worship, war, glory and death, through more than 200 beautiful objects from the British Museum.

Until 3 February 2019

Black Mist Burnt Country

Black Mist Burnt Country

A Burrinja national touring exhibition A collection of Australian artworks telling the story of British atomic testing in Australia, with works from Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown, Judy Watson and more.

Until 18 November 2018. Free

Always showing

First Australians gallery

First Australians

The Museum's largest gallery, exploring the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their history and culture. Free.

Hand-coloured copper engraving map of the Pacific, 1595, 'Maris Pacifici'.


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.