Vale Don McMichael
The staff and Council of the National Museum of Australia note with sadness the recent death of Dr Don McMichael, inaugural Director of the National Museum and a long-term advocate for Australian museums.
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Vale Don McMichael
Black swan objects wanted
The National Museum of Australia in Canberra is seeking objects that help tell the story relating to the adoption of the black swan as the symbol for the state of Western Australia.
A Change Is Gonna Come
White gloves worn by referendum rights activist Faith Bandler, a 1967 referendum voting box and working tools used by trade unionist and Indigenous rights activist Joe McGinness, are among historic items in the exhibition A Change Is Gonna Come, which opens at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra today.
Striking Torres Strait Islander masks on display
An exhibition of 12 striking masks and related cultural materials celebrating the rich and continuing tradition in the Torres Strait opens today at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
Draft Peninsula Plan
Today the National Capital Authority released the Acton Peninsula Precinct Draft Structure Plan for community consultation. The draft plan sets out the long-term planning policies to guide the future development of this prominent location into an internationally recognised precinct of culture, education and recreation.
Freewheeling opens in Canberra
Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia is spinning into Canberra on the final stop of the National Museum of Australia’s successful two-year national tour.
Moon rock on display for first time in 15 years
A fragment of a rock brought back from the 1972 ‘Apollo 17’ moon mission will be on display at the National Museum of Australia from Monday 10 April 2017, after appearing on celebrity scientist, Professor Brian Cox’s three-part Stargazing Live program.
National Museum honours Snowy Hydro as a Defining Moment in Australian History
The National Museum of Australia today presented the town of Cooma in southern New South Wales with a commemorative plaque, honouring the region’s Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme as a Defining Moment in Australian History.
National Museum of Australia hosts events celebrating the work of Albert Namatjira
The National Museum is hosting a series of events, including a new exhibit and the launch of a charitable trust, to celebrate the work of artist Albert Namatjira, his community and descendants.
Official Twitter #AustraliaDay emoji launched ahead of national celebrations
Twitter Australia, the National Australia Day Council and the National Museum of Australia are encouraging all Australians to share their Australia Day celebrations online, with the launch of an official #AustraliaDay Twitter emoji, unveiled today.
National Museum marks one-millionth global visit to A History of the World in 100 Objects
The National Museum of Australia in Canberra is celebrating the one-millionth global visit to its blockbuster exhibition, A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum, and is extending its opening hours until the show closes on 29 January 2017.
Joint exhibition commemorates 2017 Australian of the Year national finalists
An advocate for living beyond dementia, a speech pathologist improving literacy in the justice system, a groundbreaking biomedical scientist and an Indigenous health leader, along with refugee champions and campaigners against slavery and domestic violence, will be honoured in a new exhibition featuring the 2017 Australian of the Year national finalists.