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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.
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.
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.
Take a guided tour of the Museum’s Olympic collection with curator Laina Hall. See Betty, a giant kewpie doll used during the Sydney 2000 closing ceremony and the ABC outside broadcast van from the first Australian-hosted Games in Melbourne 1956.
The Museum Shop stocks beautiful homewares, glassware, jewellery, Indigenous products, an extensive selection of toys, books, bath and body products, candles, giftware and more.
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.
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See highlights from our collection, big and small. A great place to start your Museum visit.
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.
The Landmarks gallery explores Australian history since European settlement, through stories of Australian places from across the continent.
Join Adam Shipp (Wiradjuri) of Yurbay for a walk through the National Museum’s new Forecourt Garden. Experience the sights and scents of the season as he shares his knowledge of native plants. Morning tea included.
Join us as we discuss leading historian Geoffrey Blainey's vivid account of James Cook’s first Pacific voyage. Friends Lounge, exclusive to Museum Friends. Join Friends
View a quilt decorated and inscribed by people who spent time in children’s homes or institutions. This Studio Gallery display marks the anniversary of the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on 16 November 2009.
Join us to hear the stories behind the objects from the Sydney 2000 and Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. Curator Laina Hall will be joined in conversation with Olympians Petria Thomas and Taip Ramadani, who will share their experiences at the 2000 Games. Explore the role sport plays in Australia's national identity and consider the ways it can inspire and unite people. Watch live on the Museum's YouTube channel or Facebook page.
The National Museum of Australia acknowledges First Australians and recognises their continuous connection to country, community and culture.