In line with the stay-at-home orders issued by the NSW Government, the AM will be temporarily closed to the public from Saturday 26 June to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19. We will plan to reopen on Saturday 28 August (subject to health advice).

As a result of the temporary closure, the Breakfast with a Curator event scheduled for Thursday 22 July and Thursday 26 August will be postponed to a later date. If you have registered for this event, you will receive separate communication from us.

While the AM is closed, we encourage visitors to learn more about First Nations cultures and experiences here.


Join Dr Mariko Smith, one of the First Nations curators of Unsettled, for an exclusive tour of the exhibition before the Museum opens to the public.

Share a light breakfast made with Indigenous ingredients and discover behind-the-scenes stories of creating this powerful exhibition.

Learn about the groundbreaking research and extensive consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that informed Unsettled.

Don’t miss out on this chance to meet Dr Smith and gain insight into the first-hand experiences of developing Unsettled.


*Bookings are currently unavailable.


Dr Mariko Smith

Dr Mariko Smith First Nations Assistant Curator

Join Dr Mariko Smith, one of the First Nations curators of Unsettled, for an exclusive tour of the exhibition.

Image: Anna Kučera
© Australian Museum


Dr Mariko Smith is a Yuin woman with Japanese heritage. She undertakes an interdisciplinary practice which encompasses museology, contemporary art, visual sociology, research methodology, epistemology, and history.

Dr Smith has worked in the museum and tertiary sectors in Sydney, specialising in Aboriginal cultural heritage, community-based cultural resurgence projects, and incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing into museum and artistic practices.

She has a PhD from the University of Sydney (Department of Sociology & Social Policy) in Aboriginal tied-bark canoe making practice through cultural resurgence.

Dr Smith is the First Nations Curator at the Australian Museum and also an Honorary Associate in the School of Literature, Art & Media at the University of Sydney.


The Australian Museum is COVID Safe

The Australian Museum is observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Read the latest visitation information here.