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Past exhibitions

The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804

The Art of Science

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

Midawarr | Harvest

Midawarr | Harvest

Stunning artworks exploring the plants of north-east Arnhem Land, by Yolŋu elder Mulkuṉ Wirrpanda and landscape painter John Wolseley.

23 November 2017 – 18 February 2018

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

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

Shell necklace (detail) by Ashlee Murray.


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

Children playing with LEGO® Bricks.

Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks

Amazing models of international building icons from Australia, Asia and North America made with LEGO® Bricks.

28 July 2017 – 8 October 2017

Evolution: Masks from the Torres Strait

Evolution: Torres Strait Masks

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

A Change Is Gonna Come

A Change Is Gonna Come

24 May 2017 – 28 January 2018

Freewheeling logo


13 April 2017 – 9 July 2017

Australian of the Year Awards 2017

Australian of the Year Awards 2017

16 December 2016 – 12 February 2017

Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route


5 August 2015 – 17 April 2017

Parks Changing Australia

Parks Changing Australia

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

Statue of Mithras, marble, 100–200 CE, Rome, Italy. © The Trustees of the British Museum.

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

ACO Virtual

ACO Virtual

The Australian Chamber Orchestra on the virtual stage was a free interactive experience for all ages.

May 2016 – July 2016

Australian of the Year Awards 2016

Australian of the Year Awards 2016

16 December 2015 – 11 February 2016

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


27 November 2015 – 28 March 2016

Unsettled: Stories within

Unsettled: Stories within

27 November 2015 – 28 March 2016

The Home Front: Australia during the First World War

The Home Front

3 April 2015 – 11 October 2015

About the awards

Australian of the Year Awards 2015

17 December 2014 – 28 February 2015

Spirited: Australia's Horse Story


September 2014 – March 2015

Warlpiri Drawings

Warlpiri Drawings

15 August 2014 – 28 June 2015

Old Masters

Old Masters

December 2013 – July 2014

On Country: Connect, Work, Celebrate

On Country

November 2013 – July 2014

Glorious Days: Australia 1913

Glorious Days

March 2013 – October 2013

Museum Workshop exhibition

Museum Workshop

October 2012 – January 2013

Menagerie exhibition


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 exhibition

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

Inside: Life in Children's Homes and Institutions exhibition


November 2011 – February 2012

Off the Walls exhibition

Off the Walls

October 2011 – June 2012

Bipotaim exhibition


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 New Horizon

A powerful and important exhibition of contemporary Chinese art from the National Art Museum of China.

September 2011 – January 2012

Not Just Ned: A true history of the Irish in Australia

Not Just Ned

March 2011 – July 2011

Yalangbara: Art of the Djang'kawu


December 2010 – September 2011

Behind the Lines 2010

Behind the Lines 2010

December 2010 – October 2011

Exploration and Endeavour exhibition

Exploration and Endeavour

September 2010 – February 2011

Yiwarra Kuju exhibition

Yiwarra Kuju

July 2010 – July 2013

tayenebe exhibition


Weaving and original fibre works by Tasmanian Aboriginal women. From the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

March 2010 – July 2010

Water exhibition


December 2009 – May 2010

Behind the Lines 2009 exhibition

Behind the Lines 2009

December 2009 – January 2010

From Little Things Big Things Grow exhibition

From Little Things Big Things Grow

September 2009 – May 2012

Symbols of Australia exhibition

Symbols of Australia

August 2009 – May 2012

A Fine Yarn exhibition

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

Vaka Moana exhibition

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 exhibition

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

Behind the Lines 2008 exhibition

Behind the Lines 2008

December 2008 – February 2009

Darwin exhibition


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

Recoil exhibition


Explored the way the coiled basketry technique diversified, establishing new fibre movements in a range of remote Aboriginal communities.

November 2008 – June 2009

Utopia exhibition


August 2008 – October 2008

Australia's Greek cafe exhibition

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

A Different Time

A Different Time

11 July 2008 – 13 July 2013

Minangu Huey Bent painting the Ngurrara Canvas at Pirnini 1997.


April 2008 – June 2008

Hidden in Plain View exhibition

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

League of Legends exhibition

League of Legends

2008–2009 and 2012–2013

Behind the Lines 2007 exhibition

Behind the Lines 2007

December 2007 – February 2008

Papunya Painting: out of the desert exhibition

Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert

November 2007 – February 2008

Migration Memories exhibition

Migration Memories

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 exhibition

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

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

Miss Australia: A Nation's Quest exhibition

Miss Australia

March 2007 – June 2007

70% Urban

70% Urban

Drew on the Museum's collection to explore Indigenous culture in the city.

March 2007 – March 2008

Collector Cam King exhibition

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

Behind the Lines 2006 exhibition

Behind the Lines 2006

December 2006 – March 2007

Between the Flags exhibition

Between the Flags

December 2006 – March 2007

Beaded Links

Beaded Links

A showcase of the creative uses of beads across Commonwealth nations over many centuries.

August 2006 – February 2007

Life in the Pacific exhibition

Life in the Pacific

A documentary photographic exhibition that featured 80 works by students from Pacific Island communities.

July 2006 – September 2006

Cook's Pacific Encounters exhibition

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

Dhari a Krar exhibition

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

Our Land is Alive exhibition

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 exhibition

Exiles and Emigrants

Traced epic journeys from the United Kingdom to Australia in the Victorian era.

April 2006 – June 2006

People of the Cedar

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

Alt tag: A summer of cricket

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

Captivating and Curious exhibition

Captivating and Curious

Dec 2005 – March 2006

In Search of the Birdsville Track exhibition

In Search of the Birdsville Track

June 2005 – October 2005

Behind the Lines 2004 exhibition

Behind the Lines 2004

March 2005 – June 2005

Behind the Lines 2003 exhibition

Behind the Lines 2003

May – June 2004

Royal Romance exhibition

Royal Romance

February 2004 – October 2004

Paipa exhibition


Explored Torres Strait Islander migration and the continuing strong cultural connections between mainland communities and the Torres Strait.

July 2002 – July 2006

Eternity sign


March 2001 – June 2017

Nation exhibition


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

Extremes exhibition


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

Horizons exhibition


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

Circa theatre exterior


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