Personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2018 Australian of the Year State and Territory recipients that tell us something special about their aspirations and experiences.
This exhibition was a celebration of Muslim people across the world, their daily lives, traditions and spirituality. It featured objects including musical instruments, armour, precious manuscripts, ceramics and jewellery.
20 April – 22 July 2018
Exquisite illustrations of Australian animals and marine life, as well as striking portraits of Aboriginal people, rare documents and hand-drawn maps from Nicolas Baudin’s expedition to Australia.
30 March – 24 June 2018
Lustre: Pearling & Australia delved into the gritty human story of pearling, weaving together Aboriginal, Asian and European histories to reveal insights into one of Australia’s oldest industries.
23 February – 22 July 2018
A journey across the Australian desert in an Aboriginal-led exhibition about the epic Seven Sisters Dreaming, with stunning artwork and digital interactives.
15 September 2017 – 28 February 2018
A celebration of the unique practice of Tasmanian Aboriginal shell stringing – past, present and future – from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
10 August 2017 – 3 October 2017
Amazing models of international building icons from Australia, Asia and North America made with LEGO® Bricks.
28 July 2017 – 8 October 2017
This exhibition explored the longstanding importance of masks in Torres Strait culture and how they continue to influence contemporary art forms. Developed by the Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Thursday Island.
19 May 2017 – 23 July 2017
Remarkable stories of resistance from the 1967 referendum, the 1992 Mabo decision and other key events in the struggle to achieve equal rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
24 May 2017 – 28 January 2018
More than 140 years of Australian cycling history, from penny-farthings to elite road bikes, with stories of some of the passionate people who ride for work, sport and leisure.
13 April 2017 – 9 July 2017
Personal objects chosen by the eight extraordinary 2017 Australian of the Year finalists to tell us something special about their lives, aspirations and experiences.
16 December 2016 – 12 February 2017
Through the works of desert artists and the stories of traditional custodians, this exhibition told the story of the Canning Stock Route's impact on Aboriginal people, and the importance of the Country surrounding it.
5 August 2015 – 17 April 2017
A graphic banner exhibition showcasing excellence in contemporary park design. Developed by the National Museum of Australia in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
27 October 2016 – 7 May 2017
A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum
This major exhibition from the collection of the British Museum explored the history of humanity – how we have shaped the world, and how the world has shaped us.
9 September 2016 – 29 January 2017
The Australian Chamber Orchestra on the virtual stage was a free interactive experience for all ages.
May 2016 – July 2016
Featured 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.
16 December 2015 – 11 February 2016
Encounters featured rare, early Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum. They were displayed with new objects from the Indigenous communities represented in the exhibition.
27 November 2015 – 28 March 2016
In Unsettled: Stories within, five leading Indigenous Australian artists responded to the National Museum of Australia’s major exhibition, Encounters, which revealed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural material collected during the early years of European colonisation.
27 November 2015 – 28 March 2016
Through personal stories, this exhibition looked at life on the home front during the First World War, exploring Australians’ choices, opportunities and challenges in a time of heightened emotions.
3 April 2015 – 11 October 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.
17 December 2014 – 28 February 2015
Stories of the powerful bonds formed between people and horses in Australia in the city and country, at work and in war and for competition and pleasure.
September 2014 – March 2015
The story of an intriguing collection of Indigenous artworks created by Warlpiri people in Australia's Northern Territory in the 1950s and beyond.
15 August 2014 – 28 June 2015
More than 120 bark Aboriginal paintings by Australia’s great bark artists, including Narritjin Maymuru, Yirawala, Mawalan Marika and their contemporaries.
December 2013 – July 2014
Photographs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities caring for country using contemporary land and sea management practices.
November 2013 – July 2014
Beautiful artworks, costume, photographs, music and newsreel footage from Australia in 1913, before the onset of war in Europe.
March 2013 – October 2013
A behind-the-scenes look at the art, science and craft of the conservators who care for the National Museum’s collection.
October 2012 – January 2013
Contemporary Indigenous sculptural works depicting a variety of Australian animals, produced by well-known and emerging artists. With Object: Australian Centre of Craft and Design, and the Australian Museum.
July 2012 – October 2012
Travelling the Silk Road
Stories from the legendary Silk Road – one of the world's most celebrated trade routes. From the American Museum of Natural History.
March 2012 – July 2012
Personal stories of life inside children's homes and institutions, from Forgotten Australians, former Child Migrants and members of the Stolen Generations.
November 2011 – February 2012
Art from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs agencies, given to or acquired by federal Indigenous agencies between 1967 and 2005. Includes a database of more than 2000 works now in the National Museum’s collection.
October 2011 – June 2012
Bipotaim: Stories from the Torres Strait was an exhibition of striking photographs, stories and objects about the lives, culture and identity of Torres Strait Islanders.
September 2011 – April 2014
A New Horizon
A powerful and important exhibition of contemporary Chinese art from the National Art Museum of China.
September 2011 – January 2012
The history and influence of the Irish in Australia, from the arrival of the First Fleet to the present. Includes contemporary reflections by Irish migrants, video and audio.
March 2011 – July 2011
Aboriginal artworks by the Marika family from north-east Arnhem Land, exploring the journey of the Djang'kawu ancestors. With the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
December 2010 – September 2011
The year’s best political cartoons, covering the rise of Julia Gillard, the federal election and hung parliament.
December 2010 – October 2011
Rare treasures associated with voyages of scientific discovery to the South Seas, from explorers including James Cook and Matthew Flinders. With the Royal Society of London.
September 2010 – February 2011
The story of the Canning Stock Route's impact on Aboriginal people, through artworks by senior and emerging artists and the stories of traditional custodians. With FORM.
July 2010 – July 2013
Western Desert Aboriginal artworks from the National Museum's collection, shown at the National Art Museum of China. In English and Mandarin.
June 2010 – August 2010
Weaving and original fibre works by Tasmanian Aboriginal women. From the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
March 2010 – July 2010
A global perspective on the Earth's most precious resource. From the American Museum of Natural History.
December 2009 – May 2010
The year's best political cartoons, covering carbon trading, the global financial crisis and the Black Saturday bushfires.
December 2009 – January 2010
Personal stories and video interviews with activists who fought for Indigenous civil rights in Australia from 1920 to 1970. Related to the Collaboration for Indigenous Rights website.
September 2009 – May 2012
Ten symbols Australians have chosen to represent themselves and their nation, including the kangaroo, flag, wattle, boomerang and the Southern Cross.
August 2009 – May 2012
A Fine Yarn
This exhibition examined the fine wool industry in Australia today, while recognising the importance of wool in its social and economic history.
July 2009 – November 2009
Voyages of the Pacific Ancestors
Vaka Moana traced the dramatic story of one of the largest human migrations of all time across one third of the planet – the voyages of Pacific Islanders across the Pacific Ocean. An exhibition developed by Te Papa.
June 2009 – October 2009
We came as workers, we stayed as citizens
Images showing the history and growth of Victoria's Turkish community. From Museum Victoria
March 2009 – April 2009
Detailed the life and work of Charles Darwin. The concurrent Darwin and Australia exhibition looked at Darwin's experiences during his short but important visit to Australia in early 1836. From the American Museum of Natural History.
December 2008 – March 2009
The best political cartoons from a year when Labor held government for the first time in a decade, Kevin Rudd said sorry and Brendan Nelson and Malcolm Turnbull led the Liberals.
December 2008 – February 2009
Explored the way the coiled basketry technique diversified, establishing new fibre movements in a range of remote Aboriginal communities.
November 2008 – June 2009
The story of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, one of Australia's greatest contemporary artists. Includes audio programs and photo galleries.
August 2008 – October 2008
Selling an American Dream
A photographic exhibition that explored the key role that Greek Australians played during the formative years of Australian culture.
July 2008 – November 2008
Drawing on the Museum's rich collection of Herbert Basedow's photographic work, produced during expeditions into central and northern Australia in the early 1900s.
11 July 2008 – 13 July 2013
Developed by the South Australian Museum, this exhibition centred on one of the largest and most spectacular Aboriginal Western Desert paintings: the great Ngurrara Canvas.
April 2008 – June 2008
Hidden in Plain View
Botanical illustrations and specimens showing the incredible diversity of fungi, lichens, mosses and liverworts. From the National Herbarium of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.
March 2008 – June 2008
Celebrated and examined the history of rugby league in Australia.
2008–2009 and 2012–2013
The cartoons in this exhibition represented the best of our latest set of acquisitions from artists around Australia including Alan Moir, Bill Leak, Cathy Wilcox, Geoff Pryor, John Spooner and Mark Knight.
December 2007 – February 2008
This exhibition highlighted the National Museum's extraordinary collection of Western Desert art. The online exhibition includes a gallery of the works, biographies of the artists and stories of land, history and culture. Resources include audio programs and activities for children.
November 2007 – February 2008
Explored the migration stories of people from diverse backgrounds who now call the distinctively different regional centres of Lightning Ridge and Robinvale home.
September 2007 – November 2007
Australia at Expo 67 Montreal
Explored the world of Australia at Canada's Expo 67 Montreal.
September 2007 – October 2007
Great Railway Journeys of Australia
Explored the development of Australia's rail network and featured some of the most famous railway journeys in the country, such as the old and new Ghan, the Queenslander and the Indian Pacific.
April 2007 – 26 August 2007
Drew on the Museum's collection to explore Indigenous culture in the city.
March 2007 – March 2008
Traced the history of the Miss Australia quest from 1907, through to its final year in 2000. Resources include an image gallery of winners and an education kit.
March 2007 – June 2007
Collector Cam King
A selection of Brian and Barbara Lynch's old grocery wares and toys were displayed when they won the Collector Cam competition run by ABC Television's Collectors.
January 2007 – February 2007
One hundred years of surf lifesaving on Australia’s beaches, with stories of the rescued and rescuers, beach culture the lifesaver as an Australian icon.
December 2006 – March 2007
The items in this exhibition represented the best of our 2006 acquisitions from cartoonists around Australia. Cartoons from major city newspapers were represented along with examples from regional publications.
December 2006 – March 2007
A showcase of the creative uses of beads across Commonwealth nations over many centuries.
August 2006 – February 2007
Life in the Pacific
A documentary photographic exhibition that featured 80 works by students from Pacific Island communities.
July 2006 – September 2006
Dhari A Krar
Dhari a Krar: Headdresses and Masks from the Torres Strait brought together a diverse collection of masks, headdresses and dance objects from the Torres Strait.
July 2006 – July 2011
Cook's Pacific Encounters
Rarely seen Pacific artefacts collected during the voyages of Captain James Cook from the collection of the University of Gottingen, Germany.
July 2006 – September 2006
Our Land is Alive
The Central Land Council in Alice Springs created this photographic exhibition featuring some of the highlights from the council's archival collection.
June 2006 – July 2006
Exiles and Emigrants
Traced epic journeys from the United Kingdom to Australia in the Victorian era.
April 2006 – June 2006
People of the Cedar
An expression of the richness of artistic culture among the First Nation Peoples of Canada's Northwest Coast.
March 2006 – May 2006
A Summer of Cricket
Captured the spirit of cricket as it has been played and watched by generations of Australians. Test your knowledge of cricketing terms and try the online interactives.
March 2006 – June 2006
Displayed the National Museum's rich and varied collection, with new acquisitions and old favourites from the National Historical Collection.
Dec 2005 – March 2006
Works from the Museum's collection donated by Noelle Sandwith. Through Noelle's sketches and writings, the exhibition captured the unique environment, the characters and the lifestyles of this quintessentially Australian experience.
June 2005 – October 2005
A selection of the best works entered in the 2004 competition.
March 2005 – June 2005
A selection of the best works entered in the National Museum of Australia's 2003 Political Cartooning Competition.
May – June 2004
Examined Australia's passionate response to Queen Elizabeth II's first visit in 1954, and whether the nation has fallen out of love since. See the detailed online exhibition.
February 2004 – October 2004
Explored Torres Strait Islander migration and the continuing strong cultural connections between mainland communities and the Torres Strait.
July 2002 – July 2006
Eternity: Stories from the Emotional Heart of Australia was one of five original permanent galleries at the National Museum.
March 2001 – June 2017
From the humble Hills hoist to the legend of ANZAC, Nation took a new approach to Australian history through Australian symbols.
March 2001 – January 2010
Explored the history, culture and commonalities of some of the world's great southern deserts in southern Africa, South America and Australia.
December 2004 – August 2005
Circa was a multimedia moving theatre providing Museum visitors with an overview of the galleries, the Museum's collections and Australian history. March 2001 – June 2017.
Horizons traced incredible stories of human relocation. It looked at how migration shaped the Australia we know today, and the role governments have played.
March 2001 – October 2007