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National Museum of Australia, Canberra | due to open in early 2022

Great Southern Land is the National Museum of Australia’s most significant gallery redevelopment since its opening in 2001. During this time of rapid change, the new gallery will invite visitors to reimagine their relationship to this vast, vibrant land.

Artists impression of a gallery space, with several large killer whale sculptures suspended from the ceiling, and various people looking at objects and a screen showing footage of a whale.

Artist's impression of the Connection area of the new Great Southern Land gallery

Through 1,200 objects, stories and experiences, the Great Southern Land gallery will help people understand Australia as a unique, ancient continent shaped by powerful forces, a place of biodiversity and beauty and the source of countless stories that connect us to this remarkable place we call home.

‘The Great Southern Land environmental gallery is a milestone in Australian museum development,’ National Museum Director Dr Mathew Trinca said.

'This world class gallery explores our deep connection to the landscape through experiential digital storytelling, iconic artefacts and unique Australian stories featuring our earliest Indigenous inhabitants and everyone who followed – it will inspire visitors to consider the past, present and future of this extraordinary place that we call home.'

Great Southern Land was previously known by the working title Life in Australia. The gallery is designed by Local Projects, global leaders in experience design, based in New York.

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