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Published February 24th 2020
Discover the rich and diverse stories of Australia


Built-in 2001, The National Museum of Australia is home to incredible Australian stories that come to life through compelling objects, ideas, and events. The museum features a wide range of exhibitions, guided tours, and interactive experiences for everyone to enjoy.



Discover Australian life, history, and culture with the collection, defining moments, audio and blog at the museum.

There are many highlights from the museum's collection, including the Collection Explorer for stories behind the objects at the heart of the National Historical Collection.



The National Historical Collection includes over 210,000 objects. It focuses on three themes: the culture and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Australian history and culture since European settlement in 1788, and interactions between people and the Australian environment.



It also houses one of the world's largest collections of bark paintings and the holdings of the former Australian Institute of Anatomy, including the heart of racehorse Phar Lap. Other collections include historical vehicles, material related to Australian politics and politicians, more than 300 convict tokens, an extensive collection of Aboriginal breastplates, and more.



Other collections at the museum include archival and educational collections, which are essential resources that provide additional information and historical context for the National Historical Collection.



The First Australians Gallery is the most extensive. It is home to stories of diversity and connections, strength and continuity of identities, the central nature of spirituality in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.



The museum also functions as a temporary repository or repatriation of ancestral remains. It helps to return remains of indigenous Australians, held in the collections of museums across the world, to their communities of origin. As of March 2019, the museum has returned over 1,400 remains.



The blog section is home to behind-the-scenes stories, key acquisitions, conservation of collections, events, and news from the National Museum of Australia.

The Kspace Exhibition is a new interactive child-friendly attraction and is an adventure game played in teams of four, the little ones design a time-travelling robot and enter a Time Pod blasting them back to a mystery location in Australia's past.



There are different tours available at the buseum, included the self-guided Museum Favourites Audio Tour and the guided Highlights Tour, which is an hour-long and runs daily at 10am and 1pm. The Ultimate Museum Experience is a personalised tour, which can also be experienced.



The museum is also home a waterfront café and a gift shop.

The National Museum of Australia is a great way to spend a rainy day in Canberra or learn about Australia's land, nation and people.



Getting Here:

You can take the free Culture Loop shuttle bus which visits the Museum hourly from the city. The shuttle bus stops about 50 metres from the entrance.

Local bus route 53 from the city takes you to the Museum on all year round and stops on Lennox Crossing, about 200 metres from the entrance.

There is a carpark on site available from 8:30am-5pm weekdays, $3.10 per hour or $14.50 per day.

Free parking is available on weekends and public holidays.
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Why? Learn about Australia & its history
When: Daily, 9am-5pm
Phone: (02) 6208 5000
Where: Lawson Cres, Acton
Cost: Free- Some exhibits are tickets & donations are welcome
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