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Captivating and Curious featured over 450 objects from the National Historical Collection, many of which had never before been displayed.

The National Museum of Australia celebrated its 25th anniversary with this very special exhibition. There was material representing Indigenous Australia, items associated with major events, specimens recording our relationship with the Australian environment, as well as ephemera of our everyday lives.

Captivating and Curious was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 14 December 2005 to 20 March 2006.

Explore more Captivating and Curious

Collecting for a nation Learn about how the National Historical Collection was formed.
Stories behind the objects Explore a selection of the objects that appeared in Captivating and Curious.
Caring for the collection Learn how we care for objects in our collection.
Collections 2006 series
  • Last updated: 21 March 2006
  • 9 programs
The Collecting for a Nation symposium marked the 25th anniversary of the Act which brought about the National Museum of Australia and its National Historical Collection. Speakers share the sometimes idiosyncratic, but always interesting, history of collectors and collecting long before the Museum opened.
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