Westpac is the Australian Museum's (AM) Principal Partner and has supported the AM since 2015, helping to share our region’s rich history with Australians and visitors alike. In October 2017, the AM unveiled one of the greatest collections of treasures in the nation’s history when it opened a new permanent exhibition, 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum. Housed in the restored Westpac Long Gallery, the nation’s first gallery and national treasure, the exhibition tells the story of 100 objects from the AM’s collection and 100 people who have shaped the nation. A year later the AM launched, with Westpac’s support, Treasures Illuminated, an interactive light projection, bringing alive objects from the exhibition.
As part of the Westpac Employee Wellbeing Program, the AM is pleased to offer Westpac employees the opportunity to access digital content and learn about its collections, key projects and the work of AM scientists.
In May 2021, the Australian Museum opened one of the most important exhibitions in the Museum’s history. Unsettled uncovers the untold histories behind this nation’s foundation story.
Prior to the AM's temporary closure, we welcomed more than 21,000 visitors through this powerful First Nations-led and informed exhibition, which gives an insight into the lived experience of First Nations peoples over the last 250 years.
The Australian Museum has recently launched a 360-degree immersive experience of the Unsettled exhibition which enables the key themes, topics and impact of the exhibition to resonate beyond the initial exhibition at the AM and reach additional audiences with this important message.
Join us for a series of free, First Nations live streamed talks
Curator in Conversation: Unsettled virtual tour
Wednesday 15 September
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Join Dr Mariko Smith, one of the First Nations curators of Unsettled and First Nations Collections & Engagement Manager at the Australian Museum for a guided tour of the new Unsettled virtual experience and Q&A about this powerful exhibition.
Right of reply: reconnecting community knowledge to cultural belongings
Thursday 30 September
Join Nathan “mudyi” Sentance, First Nations Digital Program Manager at the AM, as he provides an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the AM’s ground-breaking digital repatriation project.
Immerse yourself in the Unsettled online exhibition experience
While the AM remains temporarily closed, you can now virtually visit Unsettled. This 360-degree immersive experience showcases the exhibition's significant cultural objects, historical documents and contemporary artworks, providing access to label text and audio/visual recordings. There are even introductions to each section read out by the exhibition curator.
Family activity: Power through Poetry
Writing poetry is a process that can heal, reveal, or clarify thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Children are invited to go deeper into the themes of Unsettled by reflecting on the poetry of First Nations artists and responding in their own words.
Lunchtime Conversation Series podcasts
Listen to podcast recordings of illuminating talks exploring the stories and ground-breaking work of First Nations leaders across political, environmental and cultural fields. Guests are selected from the 100 people of the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum exhibition in the Westpac Long Gallery. Some have now passed, and some continue to challenge the status quo – all embody a peculiarly Australian spirit and drive to make a difference despite adversity.
Frogs and the FrogID project
Croaks, whistles, bleats and barks – every frog species makes a different sound! Learn all about Australian frogs, their habitats and the AM’s flagship citizen science project, FrogID project.
Australia has over 240 known species of frog, almost all of which are found nowhere else in the world. Some species are flourishing, like the Striped Marsh Frog. But others have declined dramatically since the 1980s, and four have become extinct.
By recording a frog call with the FrogID app, you can become a citizen scientist, discover which frogs live around you and assist AM scientists with their research.
Learn how to use the FrogID app
Learn tips for using FrogID
Explore FrogID kids activities
Download the FrogID Mobile App
FrogID is a national citizen science project that is helping us learn more about what is happening to Australia’s frogs. Download the FrogID app and you can discover which frogs live around you and help us count Australia's frogs!Download Today
Dinosaurs and the work of palaeontologists
How well do you know your dinosaurs? Do you know an Afrovenator from a Jobaria? Or a Stegosaurus from a Giganotosaurus?
Discover the amazing creatures that ruled the world until 65 million years ago. Whether you’re a palaeontologist in the making or just a fan of Jurassic Park, you’ll be fascinated to learn more about these prehistoric creatures and the work of AM palaeontologists.
Palaeontology virtual tour
Explore behind the scenes of the AM’s Palaeontology Department with videos from Dr Matt McCurry and Dr Patrick Smith – suitable for all ages. This virtual tour can be viewed on demand.