Exterior view of National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia

Canberra | Australia

About the Museum


The National Museum of Australia brings to life the rich and diverse stories of Australia through compelling objects, exhibitions, and programs. NMA holds a rich and diverse collection of Australian historical material of more than 210,000 objects. The collection focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, Australian history and society since 1788, and the interaction of people with the Australian environment. The museum was established by the legislation of the National Museum of Australia Act 1980, but did not have a permanent home until 2001. The museum contains 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. The collection also includes historical vehicles, material related to Australian politics, and an extensive collection of Aboriginal breastplates.

(Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

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