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National Museum of Australia

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A visit to the National Museum has something for everyone of every age and offers an insight into the story of Australia. The permanent galleries show Australia’s history starting with its indigenous heritage, and showcasing the major events in time, including the settlement in 1788, Federation and moving through to modern times with the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000.

The galleries housing the permanent collection present interesting information through use of multimedia and the latest technology to give lively and educational exhibits.

Exhibits in the permanent collection include:
The First Australians: showing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Australian Journeys: shows objects and stories of people that link Australia with the rest of the world.
Eternity: explores the stories of fifty individual Australians
Old New Land: is the story of how human history is closely associated with the land and agriculture.

The Aboriginal Art exhibit contains the leading display of Aboriginal bark paintings in the world together with indigenous artifacts and stole tools.
When visiting with children there are a choice of many entertaining activities including “K-space “where they can design their own futuristic vehicles and buildings using interactive technology.
Guided tours are provided by Visitor Hosts who can give informative and personalised tours offering fascinating stories and a little extra background knowledge about the exhibits.

There is always something different being added to the museum displays and temporary exhibitions are continually introduced with a special focus and significance.

The museum is located on Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, ACT and you can visit every day of the week between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm


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