National Museum of Australia

THE First Australians Exhibition Gallery introduces visitors to the two Indigenous groups in Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and shows the wide diversity of languages and cultures within these groups.

  • Opening hours
    9.00am – 5.00pm daily (Closed Christmas Day)
  • (General admission to the Museum is free)
Schools Programs
The NMA offers a rich variety of education programs for schools visiting the Museum. Go to to see the 2006 schools programs and for bookings and advice.

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Australian Museum

This site explores Indigenous Australia through storytelling, cultures and histories. It includes Stories of the Dreaming, teachers' resources and content for students. You can also use this site to find out about the Indigenous Australia exhibition at the Australian Museum.

About Indigenous Australia
Information on Indigenous Australia including Cultural Heritage, Spirituality, Family, Land, Social Justice, a Glossary and an Indigenous Australia Timeline.
For students
"Students Factsheets", a "Students Indigenous Dictionary" and hints on how to find information in this website.
For Teachers
Information on studies, Consulting Indigenous communities, hints, links and curriculum guidelines.
Stories of the Dreaming
Features 20 stories from the cultures of Indigenous Australians, collected from all over Australia. They reflect an essential part of the life of Indigenous Australians.
Indigenous Australia virtual tour
Take a virtual tour of the Australian Museum's Indigenous Australia Gallery.
The Australian Museum Aboriginal Heritage Unit
Information on studies, Consulting Indigenous communities, hints, links and curriculum guidelines.

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Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Conacher Street, Bullocky Point, Darwin

Set in a tropical garden on Darwin Harbour at Bullocky Point is the Northern Territory's premier cultural institution – the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT).

The MAGNT collections place the region's art, history and culture, and natural history in an Australian and international context through research, interpretation and collection development.

  • Admission is free, however entry fees to some exhibitions may apply).
  • Opening times:
    weekdays – 9am to 5pm, weekends and public holidays – 10am to 5pm,
  • Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.
Discovery centre

The Education Unit at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory provides educational services for schools, teachers and the general public. The educational aims of MAGNT provide a vital bridge that links the collection and the public.

The Discovery Centre provides students and visitors with varied interactive displays, games and resources, complementing the museum's exhibition program. The Discovery Centre can be used as part of a school visit for hands-on learning. The Discovery Centre is open from 9am to 4:30pm Monday – Friday and 10am to 4:30pm weekends and public holidays.

The Education Unit produces education resources for MAGNT's temporary and permanent exhibition program and Discovery Centre's displays. Teacher floor talks by curators are held at the beginning of each new exhibition providing educators with valuable insight into exhibitions and ideas for planning excursions.

Teacher Floor Talks and Senior Study Days are regularly planned throughout the year. MAGNT is very proud of our Education Volunteers as they provide a vital bridge for the museum's collection and the public. All our volunteers have gone through a 16 week training course and are highly skilled, knowledgable and motivated. Volunteers are available to guide visiting groups through the museum when booking your excursion.


Museum of Central Australia
Alice Springs

As an interpretive centre for Central Australia's unique natural history, the exhibits and displays follow the evolution of the landscape and the fascinating creatures that inhabited it.

It is interesting to note the relationship between the geo-morphological explanation of the way this land was formed alongside the traditional Arrernte explanation. (See Yeperenye Sculpture)

From the big bang to the present day, meteorite fragments, fossils and interpretive displays detail the geological history of Central Australia.

A replica of an ancient waterhole with some surprising megafauna including a giant freshwater crocodile and the largest bird that ever lived.

Central Australian mammals, reptiles and insects.

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Anthropology Museum
University of Queensland

The Anthropology Museum houses a significant collection of around 26,000 items. It celebrates the culture, arts and crafts of the indigenous people of Oceania, concentrating on Australia, the Torres Strait, Melanesia and, to a lesser extent, Polynesia and Micronesia. Items include ethnographic objects and artefacts, photographs, and archaeological remains such as stone tools. They represent many aspects of daily life including hunting and gathering, recreation, body adornment, trade and ceremony. Comparative holdings from places such as Africa and Southeast Asia complement this extensive collection.

  • Our collection database can be searched online via
  • The Museum Gallery is open to the public free of charge Tuesday to Thursday, 10.30am – 2.30pm, teaching weeks only. Pre-booked, guided tours outside these times can be arranged by contacting the Museum. Worksheets and activities for school groups can also be provided (the recommended group size is 10-30 students, and a small fee applies).
  • Contact details for teachers/programme co-ordinators -
    Jen Davis
    Anthropology Museum
    Michie Building
    The University of Queensland
    St Lucia Queensland 4072
    Tel: 07 3365 2674
    Fax: 07 3365 1544

    Tours cost $2 per student (including GST). Teachers can also contact me if they have any general questions on Indigenous culture or if they are after specific information on objects.


Dandiiri Maiwar
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures Centre

Come to Queensland Museum South Bank and learn more about Queensland's two distinct Indigenous cultures – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. Dandiiri Maiwar is a place where Indigenous peoples' stories, histories and achievements are showcased, explored and presented.

Discover the distinct stories from across Queensland including the Torres Strait Islands, Yarrabah, Aurukun, Hopevale, Townsville, Cairns, Lockhart River, Cherbourg, Mitchell and Laura.

Share in the diverse experiences and perspectives of Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.

Celebrate the cultural diversity, innovation and creativity of Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Engagewith Australia's two Indigenous cultures through their stories, artefacts, photographs and art.

What you will see
There are three areas for you to explore in Dandiiri Maiwar. They are:

The Exhibition
The exhibition comprises six circles. Each one explores and presents a specific aspect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Three circles each are dedicated to the experiences and perspectives of the two distinct Indigenous cultures.
Living and working the land
Living under the Act
Torres Strait Islander
Ailan Kastom bilong Torres Strait
Bipo Taim
Torres Strait Islander Resilience
To help guide young children, Magil, an eastern water dragon is found throughout the exhibition. Magil assists by providing information for children about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders cultures. He also instructs them on how to use the interactives, designed especially for 3-8 year olds.
Aboriginal Stories
Living and working the land
Aboriginal people have been living and caring for their land for many thousands of years. Different Aboriginal groups have responsibility for particular areas. Although many groups were dispossessed following European settlement, they did not lose their connection to their country and continue to care for the land.
Living 'under The Act'

For almost 100 years, Aboriginal people in Queensland were controlled by special Acts of Parliament.

Under these Acts, Aboriginal people were forcibly removed from their country to missions and settlements and children were taken away from their parents.

The Acts allowed the Chief Protector of Aboriginals and local Protectors to control the lives of Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal people have survived, but the effects of these restrictions continue to be felt by succeeding generations as they try to rebuild family networks and cultural links.


Aboriginal groups and communities in Queensland are proud of their distinctive culture. They keep their culture alive through language programs, art and craft, music, dance, theatre and festivals.

Here you can explore some of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal culture in Queensland today.


Burarra Gathering: Sharing Indigenous Knowledge

Burrara Gathering is a collaboration between Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, Canberra; The Investigator – Science and Technology Centre, Adelaide and the Wurdeja, Ji-malawa and Yilan Aboriginal Communities of central north Arnhem Land, Australia.

Burarra Gathering: Sharing Indigenous Knowledge presents some of the traditional knowledge and technologies used today by the Burarra ('Bur-ah-da') people of the central north Arnhem Land region of Australia.

This knowledge includes a detailed understanding of the natural world and how to live in it. It provides an intricate picture of the relationships that link people, all living things, the weather systems and the land.

There are 5 exhibits in Burarra Gathering – Seasonal Calendar, Fire, Fishtrap, Navigation and Tracking. Each of these exhibits has been designed to illustrate a context for local Burarra knowledge by replicating landscapes and environments.

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The South Australian Museum

The South Australian Museum offers visitors six floors of exhibits that reveal many fascinating stories. Exhibitions and displays reflect the museum's extensive Australian Aboriginal and Pacific collections and the Ancient Egyptian room has been a favourite destination for generations of museum visitors.

The South Australian Museum enjoys an international reputation for the size and representation of its collections, as well as the breadth and quality of its scientific research.

South Australia's unique fossil history is reflected in the Origin Energy Fossil Gallery. Visitors can view 40,000 year old megafauna fossils, the wonder and beauty of 120 million year old opalised fossils and Ediacaran fossils, such as the 550 million year old chordate, possibly the oldest ever found. The chordate is a fossil from the branch of the tree of life that led to animals with backbones, including humans.

Museum visitors can bring specimens for identification to the popular Discovery Centre and staff in the Indigenous Information Centre answer questions about Australia's Indigenous cultural heritage. The Museum offers a comprehensive teaching program, linked to curriculum in schools from Reception to Year 12 for around 38,000 students a year.

  • Bookings are essential for all visits, with or without an education officer. Overcrowding in galleries reduces educational benefits for everyone.
  • Phone Ann or Christina on 82077429 for bookings.
    Please contact the Education Centre if you do not receive a confirmation fax within three working days of making your booking.


Ingardendi on-line site

Ingarnendi is a word in the Kaurna language that means "to look about and enquire". It was first written down by the missionaries Christian Teichelmann and Clamor Schurmann in 1840. This website can be used to "look about", to search and discover information about the history and culture of Aboriginal people living across Australia.

The Ingarnendi website has been designed to complement the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery at the South Australian Museum and provides access to the unique collections of Aboriginal artefacts, photographs, films, artworks and journals that are on display.

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Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
40 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Australia 7000

  • Opening hours
    (entrance 40 Macquarie Street)
    10am–5pm daily
    except Good Friday, ANZAC Day (25th April) and Christmas Day (25th December)
  • General Admission is free
    Charges are made for some special exhibitions
    For education services – school programs, school bookings, holiday programs and resources – phone 03 6211 418


Tiagarra Aboriginal Culture Centre and Museum

Tiagarra is an interpretation centre for the history and present cultures and art of Aboriginal people in Tasmania. The Museum houses many authentic artefacts in 18 separate displays. Surrounding the Museum is a walking track which features several rock engraving sites.

  • Address:
    Bluff Road
  • Tel:
    03 6424 8250
  • Opening hours:
  • Admission:
    Adults $3, pensioners and children $2

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Bunjilaka Gallery, Melbourne Museum

Bunjilaka is the Aboriginal Centre at Melbourne Museum, a campus of Museum Victoria. It was developed to empower Aboriginal people to interpret their own cultural heritage for both indigenous and non-indigenous people.

The name Bunjilaka is derived from the word 'Bunjil' (Woiwurung language). 'Bunjil' was a significant Creation Ancestor for some south-eastern Australian Aboriginal language groups. 'Aka', (Boonwurung language) meaning land or place. The name was selected after consultation with the local Aboriginal people from the Wurundjeri and Boonwurung groups who are the traditional owners of Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. The words evoke the sense of a 'creation place'.

Bunjilaka holds Aboriginal cultural heritage items from a collection that is one of the most significant in the world. In addition to exhibition and performance spaces, there are private areas such as a Keeping Place where the community can meet and view their cultural heritage material. This enables Aboriginal people to retain ownership and interpretation of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage material in Museum Victoria's collections and actively and directly contribute to the preservation of their culture.

The development of Bunjilaka started with a Smoking Ceremony, performed by the Wurundjeri Aboriginal people, one of the traditional owners of the Melbourne area. Community consultation over the six years before opening ensured that Bunjilaka, the built spaces, exhibitions and events, represent the aspirations of Aboriginal communities in Victoria.

The Museum recognises the rights and perspective's of Aboriginal people and, through Bunjilaka, aims to further partnerships with Aboriginal communities, promote reconciliation to all visitors and actively supports indigenous rights and perspective's through exhibitions, performances and activities. A sub-committee of the Museums Board of Victoria, the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee, comprising twenty-two representatives from the Victorian Aboriginal communities, offers advice and leadership on indigenous issues and is another means of consultation with communities.


Bangerang Cultural Centre, Shepparton

The Bangerang Cultural Centre is the first Aboriginal museum of its kind in Australia. On display, the visitor will see our own unique collection of art and artefacts, which will explain the wide and rich culture of the Bangerang people.

In our exhibition, comparisons are made with other tribes associated with the Bangerang People with whom cultural exchanges took place. Some of these exchanges are vividly illustrated in the spectacular dioramas created by non-Aboriginal artist George Browning. While exhibiting artefacts and displays from the Murray and Goulburn rivers region, the Bangerang Cultural Centre also contains Aboriginal artefacts from other parts of Australia. Our aims are both to preserve and display Aboriginal art and objects of the Bangerang People and to educate both indigenous and non-indigenous people in the Aboriginal culture of the Bangerang People.

Through encouraging the Koorie community to identify with their own culture, we at the Bangerang Cultural Centre give our people a sense of pride in our own rich cultural heritage.

  • The Bangerang Cultural Centre is open from Monday to Friday, from 09.00 hrs. – 17.00 hrs. During the weekends we are closed, but open by appointment only.
  • Entrance is free. Free guided tours for groups and schools are available by appointment.


Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Bringing life to the history and culture of the Jardwadjali and Djab Wurrung, aboriginal communities of south-western Victoria, this impressive centre offers visitors information on Aboriginal cultural heritage and local rock art sites. In the spectacular Dreaming Theatre the creation story of Gariwerd is depicted. A cafe, displays, education room and souvenir shop are all located in this national award-winning building designed by architect Greg Burgess.

Situated in Halls Gap, near the Grampians/Gariwerd National Park Visitor Centre, the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre acts as a cultural focus for both the surrounding Koori Communities and visitors to the Gariwerd-Grampians ranges.

An exciting multimedia experience tells the Gariwerd creation story in the recently constructed Gariwerd Dreaming Theatre.

Outside, landscape trails introduce visitors to the region's wonderfully diverse flora, which includes 33 endemic species.

A large ceremonial ground in front of the entrance is used for everything from boomerang throwing displays to corroborees and bush tucker cook-ups. Brambuk plays another role as a workplace for Kooris and a venue for maintaining their cultural heritage.

Education officers help to interpret and teach Koori culture, whether through culture camps living off the land, a boomerang-making workshop, of the telling of Dreaming Stories to children. For visitors who want to learn more about what lies behind the region's rock art, the centre organises guided tours led by one of Brambuk's education officers.

Cultural heritage officers work with Park Victoria and Aboriginal Affairs Victoria to maintain and protect the hundreds of heritage sites which range from rock art and scar trees to ceremonial and burial grounds, and men and women's initiation places. One of their major functions is to pass on culturally relevant knowledge to local Koori communities.

  • Brambuk/Gariwerd Enterprises
    Grampians Road
    Halls Gap VIC 3381
    Telephone: 03 5356 4452
    Fax: 03 5356 4455
  • Open 9am – 5pm 7 days per week

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Western Australian Museum

Two exhibitions in the Katta Djinoong gallery at the Western Australian Museum will showcase examples of Aboriginal representation of identity and connection to country. One is the work of a Perth artist, performer, political spokesperson and recipient of an OAM, the other includes works by traditional custodians still living in their remote Desert community.

Holistic cultural expressive
29 June   13 August
A retrospective of the work of Dr Richard Walley and his involvement in promoting Nyoongar culture to local, State and international audiences. It will feature artworks, photographs, music, and dance regalia to document Richard's many years as an important Nyoongar performer, artist and community advocate and activist. In visual arts, music and dance, Richard Walley continues to expresses with pride his Nyoongar culture and heritage
Pila Nguru
24 August – 31 October

An exhibition of paintings produced by the Spinifex people of the Great Victoria Desert as part of their claim for native title rights. The exhibition will feature the mens' and womens' native title paintings that graphically illustrate rights to country. The paintings will be displayed alongside the "Government paintings", a set of works to be gifted to the State once the land agreement is signed.

What emerges in both these exhibitions is the extent to which land or country underpin not only regional cultural expressions, but more deeply, the core or people's sense of identity.

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Other information associated with Ten Canoes

Rolf de Heer's website

To see an example of Crusoe Kurddal's mimih carving go towebsite

To see examples of Peter Minygululu's art go to and scroll to Peter Minygululu

For David Gulpilil go to

For information on Raminining go to

The culture of Ganalbingu speakers

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Aboriginal cultural heritage information

Many Nations, One People television series looking at Aboriginal life and culture in Australia today.

Australia's Indigenous People
Information on federal government agencies and services from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade dealing with Indigenous arts and culture

Central Land Council See headings 'Our land' and 'Our culture'

The National Archives Indigenous People Fact Sheets
A small collection of fact sheets on areas of Aboriginal history such as the 1967 Referendum and Abboriginal workers in the pastoral industry

Rebutting the Myths
This site has a number of information sheets that show how some commonly held attitudes towards Aboriginal issues are not true.

Aboriginal Plant Use and Technology
Plants used for tools and weapons from the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Aboriginal Technology

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Sorry Day

National Reconciliation Week

Weaving the Threads: Progress towards reconciliation report to Parliament.

Bringing Them Home Report

National Library of Australia Bringing Them Home oral history project

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Archaeology of the Dharawal People of NSW This site has good pictures of Aboriginal sites in the Royal National Park on the southern side of Greater Sydney

New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service: Aboriginal people and cultural life This site has information about many aspects of Aboriginal archaeological heritage, including rock art, stone artefacts and other sites across the state.

NSW Minerals Council: Aboriginal Issues – Cultural Heritage fact sheets

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University of WA School of Anthropology and Sociology

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Donald Thomson

Go to
to find out about the Thomson Collection held at Museum Victoria

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Indigenous Australians and War

Indigenous Soldiers This site has information about Indigenous soldiers and includes stories about soldiers today, those who fought in past wars and what happened to these people when they returned from war

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Culture contact

Education materials for the ABC television series Frontier

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Indigenous people and communities

Kam Yam
The website of a television series that looked at four Aboriginal communities in Northern Australia

Arrente People, Central Australia
Information about the Arrernte people of Central Australia

Yarrabah Community, North Queensland
Information about the Yarrbah community

Message stick ABC Indigenous Online
This site has a good section on protocol and culture called 'Proper Way', that would assist schools and students working with local Aboriginal communities.

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Arnhem Land History, people and communities

Yolgnu Boy, film Study Guide

Dhakiyaar v The King documentary Study Guide

Australian Archives Uncommon Lives – a set of on-line archival resources for this case:

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Art, music, dance, stories

Beliefs and Art
Information on the Dreaming,
and how it relates to art, land and the people. From the Arrernte people

Aboriginal Music Information about Aboriginal music now and in the past. From the Arrernte people.

Stories of the Dreaming website

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Human rights

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission:

Look for the issues page for ATSIC. It includes links to articles and reports about land rights and native title.

ANKAAA – Aboriginal artists' rights

Racism. No Way!

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Native title

Native Title Tribunal

Native Title: Facts, Fallacies and the Future

Eddie Mabo

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Indigenous history

Gary Foley's Koori History website for alternative views on Indigenous issues and reconciliation:

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Other Sites And Links

VICNET's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander page lists a huge number of websites Australia-wide:

ABC Sales
This site provides an extensive listing of annotated videos for teaching and learning about all aspects of indigenous history and culture, social and contemporary issues.

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