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Temporary closure

The National Museum of Australia is temporarily closed. This is in line with the ACT Government’s direction for a lockdown until 11.59pm on Friday 15 October 2021, due to coronavirus. The health and safety of our community remains very important to us. See the ACT Government's COVID-19 website


Share your COVID-19 and 2019–20 bushfire experiences as we record how Australians adapt in times of great change.

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Upcoming exhibition

Ancient Greeks

Iconic objects from the British Museum, set to go on show in Canberra in late 2021.

Ancient Greeks Ambassadors Program

Show your support for this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

Our collection

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.

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Young historians react to objects

A behind-the-scenes look at the development of video stories for our upcoming Discovery Centre.

Australian arts icon Robyn Archer donates collection

Personal mementos from a career spanning two decades.

Ancient art in colour

Visitors can paint Phila using touchscreen technology in the upcoming Ancient Greeks exhibition.

September 11 Australian flag

A flag recovered from the World Trade Center is on show in New York to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

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