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This year the National Museum of Australia celebrates 20 years since opening its doors at Acton, in Canberra. Explore our special birthday year exhibitions and events.

Read Museum Director Mathew Trinca's reflections in our 20 years young blog post.

Director's message on the Museum's 20th anniversary 2:45

Explore our birthday year exhibitions and events

Daily, 9am – 5pm, free Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion Celebrate art, history and culture.
This is us: A musical reflection of Australia Grigoryan Brothers Buy the CD and learn about the historical objects that inspired this suite of original compositions.
Daily, 9am – 5pm, free The Trevor Kennedy Collection: Highlights See the highlights exhibition from this peerless collection of stunning artworks, jewellery, ceramics and furniture.
Opens December 2021, costs apply Ancient Greeks Explore sport, politics, drama, music and warfare, illuminated by 170 objects from the British Museum’s collection.
Daily, 9am – 5pm, free Talking Blak to History See extraordinary works and hear the voices of Australia’s first peoples.
Gallery development Learn about our new Great Southern Land environmental history gallery and Discovery Centre, opening in late 2021.

Australia Speaks lecture series

Three leading Australians will each give a keynote address on contemporary issues, encouraging collaboration and discussion, in the winter of the Museum's 20th anniversary year. Speaker details will be released soon. Supported by the Thyne Reid Foundation.

Read the Museum's 20 years media release

Banner image: Strange Fruit performing at the Museum's opening day at Acton Peninsula, 11 March 2001. National Museum of Australia

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