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At the heart of the National Museum of Australia is our National Historical Collection, more than 210,000 objects which represent Australia’s history and cultural heritage.

The collection helps us to build connections between objects, memory, imagination and lived experience – across cultures, across communities and across time.

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Explore our collection

Collection highlights Take a deep dive and learn more about some of our most interesting objects.
About our collection Learn about the history of our collection, our acquisitions, policies and donations.
Collection Explorer Search our online database for collection records and images.

On show in Canberra


See some of the most treasured toys in our collection, learn about their makers, owners and history.

The Trevor Kennedy Collection: Highlights

Discover stunning artworks, furniture, jewellery and ceramics – part of the Museum’s largest and most significant acquisition to date.

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