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First Nations' art, history and tours

Learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

Immerse yourself in some of the oldest and richest cultures in human history with the extensive collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and history at Canberra’s museums and galleries. Take a tour with a local Ngunnawal elder or try your hand at traditional First Nations practices at a workshop at the National Arboretum.

A couple looking at First Nations art at the National Gallery of Australia.

First Nations art in Canberra

Comprising over 7500 works, the National Gallery of Australia is privileged to house the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. From ancient traditions to contemporary practices, each masterpiece connects audiences with the unique perspectives of First Nations artists, their experiences, cultures and deep and enduring connections to Country. In autumn 2022, the Gallery will welcome the National Indigenous Art Triennial

For original, handcrafted arts and crafts by local Aboriginal artists, head to Burrunju Art Gallery and Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery.

For a hands-on experience join artist Gail Neuss, from Ngarigu Country, at the National Arboretum Canberra for an interactive workshop to explore storytelling and symbols.

Artwork displayed in the National Museum of Australia.

Learn about Indigenous history

Explore the shared stories and experiences of First Nations peoples in the First Australians Gallery and Talking Blak to History exhibition at the National Museum of Australia, before heading outside to enjoy the forecourt garden and sculptural Uluru Line. Daily talks and tours available.

To learn about local Ngunnawal culture join Dhawura Tours and travel back in time to 'The Dreaming'. An experienced guide and Traditional Custodian will interpret various sites of significance and explore a variety of landscapes, wildlife and natural bush around Canberra.

To explore Ngunnawal Country at your own pace complete the self-drive Aboriginal heritage track. Taking in cultural sites including the Murrumbidgee River and Namadgi National Park and other traditional meeting places where the Ngunnawal people welcomed and hosted mobs from the surrounding region to discuss land, lore and culture. See the mountains that were used for ceremonial purposes such as initiation, marriage and trading resources.

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Tour group learning about bush tucker with an Aboriginal Guide

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Large, colourful paintings by Kubbitji Kngwarreye on exhibition at Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery

Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery

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Larry Brandy Aboriginal Storyteller

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