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Part one: Executive summary

A colour photograph of a group of school children walking through part of the National Museum of Australia. In the foreground is part of a pool of water. The children are walking on a concrete path that runs along the edge of the pool. They all wear yellow and blue uniforms. Behind them is a covered walkway. In the middle distance part of a large curved metal structure can be seen. Beyond that is the sky, which is partly obscured by clouds.
School children from Craigburn Primary School taking in the Garden of Australian Dreams during a visit to the Museum.


A recognised world-class museum exploring Australia's past, illuminating the present, imagining the future.


To promote an understanding of Australia's history and an awareness of future possibilities by:

  • developing, preserving and exhibiting a significant collection
  • taking a leadership role in research and scholarship
  • engaging and providing access for audiences nationally and internationally
  • delivering innovative programs.


The National Museum of Australia operates with the highest ethical standards. It embraces truth and the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake and recognises the importance of aesthetic considerations. The Museum acknowledges the contributions of all Australians to the country's historical development and accepts a fundamental requirement for fairness and equity in its activities. In operating within the framework established by such values, the National Museum of Australia:

  • develops and preserves the National Historical Collection
  • upholds scholarly and professional integrity
  • makes best use of its resources
  • values and is open-minded to new ideas
  • promotes continuous learning
  • strives to be innovative and creative
  • anticipates and responds to its diverse audience's needs.
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