This land was not peacefully settled - Unsettled uncovers the untold histories behind this nation’s foundation story.

In this powerful exhibition, First Nations voices reveal the hidden stories of devastation, survival and the fight for recognition. These first-hand accounts are presented through long hidden historical documents, large-scale artworks, immersive experiences and never-before-seen objects from the Australian Museum collections and beyond.

First Nations Elders including Uncle Waubin Richard Aken (Kaurareg), Aunty Fay Moseley (Wiradjuri) and Uncle Noel Butler (Budawang), share their lived experiences.

Featuring the work of contemporary artists including Ryan Presley, Tony Albert, Charlotte Allingham (Coffin Birth), Jai Darby Walker and Danie Mellor, this free exhibition interrogates the lasting impacts of colonisation and the denial of Indigenous sovereignty.

With more than 80 significant cultural objects and over 100 contributions by First Nations peoples across the country, Unsettled illuminates the power of truth-telling to realise change. Understanding our shared past is an important step towards healing for a shared future.

Meet the contributors

Curators’ Acknowledgement

Laura McBride and Dr Mariko Smith

We pay our respects and dedicate the Unsettled exhibition to the people and other Beings who keep the law of this land; to the Elders and Traditional Owners of all the knowledges, places, and stories in this exhibition; and to the Ancestors and Old People for their resilience and guidance.

We advise that there are some confronting topics addressed in this exhibition, including massacres and genocide. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be advised that there may be images of people who have passed away.

UNSETTLED catalogue

Discover the official catalogue produced to accompany the Australian Museum's current exhibition, Unsettled.

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Explore the Unsettled virtual experience

Discover the Unsettled exhibition in virtual reality! The online experience above is a 360 degree interactive tour featuring embedded audio guides and multimedia content on display in the exhibition. The virtual tour is ideally viewed via high speed internet connections.

Users in the virtual tour with an Oculus headset can trigger an immersive VR enabled experience. Simply access the tour on your preferred device (Recommended for Oculus Quest 2), click on the VR icon down the bottom right of the screen and select Enter VR.

Please refresh your web browser if you have any issues with media loading. For best playback, we recommend using Chrome web browser, and open fullscreen.

We acknowledge the generous donations towards the Unsettled exhibition and programming from:

The acquisition of cultural materials for Signal Fires was funded by a grant from:

Dine & Discover vouchers

Redeem your Dine & Discover vouchers towards Australian Museum membership, event tickets and at the Billabong cafe and No.1 William restaurant.

Dine & Discover vouchers are available to redeem in person only.