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Welcome to the National Museum of Australia. We hope you enjoy your visit.

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What’s on today

Exhibition Endeavour Voyage Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily until 26 April 2021 Ticket information: Free

Explore the Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians in our new exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour's voyage up the east coast of Australia. Tickets are timed to assist in social distancing for the safety of visitors and our staff. Visitors who arrive without a ticket will be welcomed into the exhibition when space permits.

Exhibition Talking Blak to History Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily Ticket information: Free

Talking Blak to History in our First Australians gallery features powerful objects and stories that speak to the aftermath of colonisation, of survival and resilience.

Event Family trails Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily until 28 February 2021 Ticket information: $2, Mkids free

Discover the stories behind some of the amazing objects on show in our galleries. Two self-guided family trails are available, for ages 2–5 and 5–8 years. See what you can find along the way.

Exhibition A Portrait of Australia Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily until 8 March 2021 Ticket information: Free

Discover the remarkable stories or ordinary Australians in this exhibition celebrating the bush, the outback, the coast and the people who live there. The exhibition features photographs from the Australian Geographic archive.

Exhibition 2021 Australian of the Year Awards Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily until 10 February 2021 Ticket information: Free

Learn about the lives, aspirations and stories of extraordinary Australians through our annual exhibition of objects of personal significance chosen by Australian of the Year recipients from each state and territory.

Event Object stories: Australian of the Year family activity Time: 10am–4pm Ticket information: $5, Mkids free Ticket information: Book tickets

Weekdays 11–22 January 2021
30-minute sessions, first at 10am, last at 3.30pm

See our 2021 Australian of the Year Awards exhibition then create an object using modelling clay that represents yourself or someone extraordinary in your life. Bookings essential

Experience Museum Shop Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily

Browse our range of beautiful homewares, glassware, jewellery, Indigenous products, toys, books, bath and body products, candles, giftware and more. The Dyara Indigenous Arts Hub, in the Gandel Atrium just outside the Shop, is open 10am to 3pm weekends and ACT school holidays.

Exhibition Gandel Atrium Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily Ticket information: Free

See highlights from our collection, big and small. A great place to start your Museum visit.

Experience Museum Cafe Date: Daily

Stunning architecture and spectacular views over Lake Burley Griffin combine to create the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or an afternoon tea escape with friends. Check our Museum Cafe page for times.

Exhibition Landmarks Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily Ticket information: Free

The Landmarks gallery explores Australian history since European settlement, through stories of Australian places from across the continent.

Exhibition First Australians Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily Ticket information: Free

The First Australians gallery is located on two levels and traces the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their spirituality, diversity, identity and survival.

Exhibition New Acquisitions Time: 9am–5pm Date: Daily until 26 January 2021 Ticket information: Free

This exhibition in the First Australians Focus Gallery showcases the extraordinary diversity of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It includes works from artists including Rover Thomas, Billy Atkins and Robin Kankapankatja.

Tour Building and architecture tour Date: Daily Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

10am and 2pm
This guided tour provides an insight into the stories and meanings hidden in the Museum building, design and landscapes. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking outside.

Experience Kspace Time: 9.30am–9.59am Date: Daily Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

30-minute sessions, one booking per session. Bookings essential
Play the Museum’s interactive adventure game, fun for kids and adults alike.

Time Traveller's Book Club — Denny Day Time: 11am–12pm Date: Tuesday 19 January 2021 Ticket information: Free, bookings essential Ticket information: Book tickets

Join us as we discuss Terry Smyth's book Denny Day: The Life and Times of Australia's Greatest Lawman — the Forgotten Hero of the Myall Creek Massacre. This compelling blend of biography and history traces the life of the police magistrate who stood against lawlessness on Australia's frontiers. Exclusive to Friends. Join Friends

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