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The Museum has one of the world’s most-significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections, with artworks, technologies and cultural material representing First Nations communities from across Australia. Many of these objects are on display in our First Nations galleries, Garrigarang and Bayala Nura.

The Museum works actively to build links with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure the objects held in our collections are always available to Traditional Owners, to activate our collections through programs that provide connections with living cultural practice, and to deepen public understanding of Australia’s First Nations cultures.

We actively repatriate material from our collections to Indigenous cultural centres and keeping places, and collaborate directly with communities to return significant cultural objects and ancestral remains to their places of origin.

Discover more about our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections and cultural programs below.


Collection highlights



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