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Explore Australia’s diverse and unique plants, animals and environments in Old New Land. See how people have responded and adapted to the land over time.

Exhibition highlights

Just as we shape the land, it shapes us, our ideas and our understanding. Old New Land, on our ground floor, looks at our changing knowledge of the land, the ways we have reacted to the environment and different ways of living with the land.

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Delve deeper into the Museum's collection, to explore more about how land and people, climate, flora, fauna and ecology have shaped life in Australia.

The cultural riches of ancient south-east Australia

Archaeologist Josephine Flood discusses human occupation, artefacts, plants and animals, including bogong moths, in a history of archaeological excavations in the south-eastern highlands of the ACT and NSW, from Cloggs Cave, to Birrigai and Bogong Cave.
Extinction of the thylacine 3:29

The tragic history of the Tasmanian tiger, once found across Australia

Combating feral rabbits in Australia 9:08

Scientist Brian Coman on the impact of rabbits on his life and work

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