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The National Museum of Australia on Acton Peninsula.

The National Museum of Australia’s Council and staff send their deepest condolences to all those affected by the tragic events in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Daily Painting on Country See stunning large-format photographs of rock art on country from Tjungu Palya artists.
Daily Landmarks Discover Australia’s environmental history.
Daily First Australians Explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.

Our collection

At the heart of the National Museum of Australia is our National Historical Collection, more than 210,000 objects which represent Australia’s history and cultural heritage.

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Convict love tokens

Learn about a moving convict memento, as featured in a new partnership with Visit Canberra and Schwartz Media.

Defining Moments quiz

The Museum recently launched its first Defining Moments in Australian History quiz and the results have prompted us to develop more.

Birtles and the Sundowner car

See the Sundowner car driven by adventurer Francis Birtles on record-breaking journeys from London to Melbourne Darwin to Melbourne in the 1920s.

Acquiring a thylacine pelt

Discover the intriguing story behind the newly-acquired Tasmanian tiger pelt on show at the Museum.

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