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The National Museum is committed to researching, documenting and expressing Australia’s history. Discover our specialist research areas, search our collection and explore the stories we tell.

The Museum’s core collection of Australian history is the National Historical Collection. This rich and diverse collection of Australian historical material is held in trust for the nation. The Museum researches, collects and represents three inter-related themes:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories
  • Australian history and society since 1788
  • people’s interaction with the Australian environment.
Research Library

Our Research Library maintains a collection that reflects the core activities and collecting themes of the National Museum of Australia.


The National Museum of Australia Press publishes scholarly, special interest and corporate titles, as well as books for general readers and exhibition catalogues.

Innovative exhibition experiences

The Museum researches and delivers new interactive and multimedia experiences for visitors. The Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition was innovative in its creation and presentation, emerging from an Australian Research Council project initiated by Aboriginal elders wanting to share their ancient creation stories and preserve them for future generations.

Travelling Kungkarangkalpa 7:31

See the Travelling Kungkarangkalpa Art Experience, with artworks, animations and vision of the Seven Sisters flying into the night sky, presented at the Museum in a six-metre state-of-the-art dome. Explore our Seven Sisters interactives

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