The First Nations peoples have lived and practiced their cultures since time immemorial. These rich and diverse cultures are maintained through song, dance, storytelling, ceremony and language. The Australian Museum has one of the world’s most-significant First Nations collections representing these cultures, with artworks, technologies and cultural material representing First Nations communities from across Australia.

Increased collaboration with First Nations peoples and communities is ensuring the objects held in the Australian Museum Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection are interpreted appropriately. The rich knowledge embodied in the collections is activated through programs and exhibitions that provide connections to living practices and deepen public knowledge of First Nations cultures and lived experiences.

The Australian Museum website is also a platform for First Nations voices. The articles here-in are a collection of First Nations writers sharing their expertise and opinions on issues important to First Nations people, helping uncover Australia's hidden histories.

Explore our collections, learn from knowledge shared by First Nations writers and discover our exhibitions Garrigarrang (Sea Country) & Bayala Nura (Yarning Country) to visit when the Australian Museum, now open on level UG.




Sydney Elders

Discover the profiles and portraits of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, photographed by Mervyn Bishop.

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