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23 March 2020

The National Museum of Australia temporarily closed its doors to the public as the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) unfolds. The closure is effective midday Monday 23 March, until further notice.

The health and safety of our community are very important to us and the decision complies with National Cabinet’s direction to limit non-essential gatherings and the requirement to implement social distancing, to help mitigate the risk posed by the virus.

In this difficult time, our thoughts are with our loyal Museum community and we thank you all for your support and understanding.

All public programs including Virtual Reality and Kspace have been cancelled. The Museum is contacting anyone who has purchased tickets to arrange refunds. Alternatively visitors are encouraged to contact Museum staff at or via Eventbrite.

For people who were planning to attend the Museum for a conference or event, please liaise with your event organiser or the source of your ticket purchases.

The Museum’s cafe and onsite shop are also closed. Please visit our online shop, which continues to operate.

The scheduled April opening of the Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians, has been delayed.

Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for updates on the Endeavour exhibition and all Museum news.

While our doors are closed, Museum staff are working behind the scenes to keep bringing great Australian stories to you online at:

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