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  • Free general admission

The Australian Indigenous objects in the British Museum’s collection came from a diverse range of encounters between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and British explorers, officials and settlers.

These encounters began in 1770 and took place in locations across the continent. The Encounters exhibition highlighted a selection of these encounters.


Move your mouse over the map below and click on the red dots to view more information about the location, the people, and the objects — old and new — that were on display in Encounters.

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