Defining Symbols of Australia

National Exhibition Register

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About the exhibition

Australia is represented by many symbols, such as the flag, the kangaroo, wattle, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Ulur-u. Some symbols endure, others fade away and new ones emerge as attitudes and values change. Inspired by the National Museum of Australia’s collection, this exhibition explores some of the symbols that define Australia and its people.

Defining Symbols of Australia examines the history, meanings, and significance of 8 symbols. It offers a starting point for a wider conversation about what it means to be Australian.

This is a print-on-demand exhibition product comprising recyclable exhibition panels. Venues may choose between 5 freestanding graphics or 10 wall panels, with an option to add plinths for displaying objects from local collections.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
26/11/2023 - 24/12/2026
Exhibition size
Under 50 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
National Museum of Australia
$1,000 (inc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities
Other materials
Style guide
Primary contact
Ben Xie
Touring Exhibitions Officer
National Museum of Australia
02 6208 5198
Defining Symbols of Australia is a touring exhibition developed by the National Museum of Australia with support from the Museum’s donor community and the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program.