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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.
Join Margo Neale, Head of Centre for Indigenous Knowledges, as she takes you on a guided tour of this remarkable exhibition. Free, exclusive to Museum Friends. Bookings essential. Join Friends
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.
See our 2000 Sydney Olympic Games display then pick up one of our school holiday activity packs and get creative. Using the craft materials supplied, make your own mascot. Work in our Gandel Atrium or take your pack home.
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.
Check our Museum Cafe page for times
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 us to hear stories of loss and resilience, conservation and collection. Curator Libby Stewart and conservator Natalie Ison will discuss the Museum’s bushfire collecting project and explain how fire-related objects are conserved for the future. Watch Live at the Museum on our YouTube channel.
This gripping boy’s-own history of the French Foreign Legion in the Sahara is by Martin Windrow, Orion Publishing, 2010. This is one of the few accessible histories of the western and central Sahara, in this case, one framed around France’s military activity in this desert. Exclusive to Museum Friends. Join Friends
The National Museum of Australia acknowledges First Australians and recognises their continuous connection to country, community and culture.