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Daily, 9am–5pm, book now, free Endeavour Voyage Explore the Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians. Tickets are timed.
Daily, 9am–5pm, free Gandel Atrium Discover objects large and small in this stunning architectural space.
Daily, 9am – 5pm, free Talking Blak to History See extraordinary works and hear the voices of Australia’s first peoples.

Bushfire and pandemic stories

Momentous is an evolving record of recent events in our history. Your 2019–20 bushfire and COVID-19 stories help capture a moment in time for all of us.

Share your story on Momentous
Daily tours, 10–11am and 2–3pm Building and architecture
Wednesday 9 December 2020, 10.30am Picnic party at the Museum
Wednesday 9 December 2020, 6pm Online only: A taste of history — wine

The Museum from home

Explore our exhibitions, experiences and events online and in Canberra as we continue to bring our nation’s unique and remarkable stories to life.

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.

Search our collection

Maureen Plavsic (Kerridge)

The Council and staff of the National Museum of Australia expresses its deepest condolences on the passing of former Council member, Maureen Plavsic (Kerridge).

Ms Plavsic served on the Council of the National Museum of Australia from 30 May 2016 until 1 May 2020, and was a founding member of the Museum’s Development Committee. Her leadership and extensive business experience, specifically in regard to commercial operations and philanthropy was invaluable to the work of the Museum. Maureen was also a generous financial supporter of the Museum and through the Kerridge Family Foundation, she and her husband Keith, contributed to the Encounters Fellowship program as Major Partners.

Maureen will be remembered by all at the Museum for her keenness of thought and her warmth and humanity. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

Volunteers’ role honoured as Museum takes SES uniform into collection

The Museum has launched a new website inviting the public to share their bushfire and COVID-19 experiences.

Making a multi-sensory Endeavour experience

Read about the thinking behind exhibition experiences and how they were tweaked to adapt to COVID-19.

Platypus interactive

Explore the process of creating a digital interactive on the platypus for one of the Museum’s new galleries.

From the vault — music

Learn about Australia's rich and varied musical history, through highlights from our collection.

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