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Four exhibitions you can visit (in real life!)

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Culture vultures, discoverers and art lovers know Canberra’s iconic attractions to be the home of diverse Australian stories.

Unique, intriguing and often only found on show in the national capital, there’s always something on offer.

We’ve put together a quick list of some of the exhibitions you can visit in the capital in real life this winter.

An Indigenous perspective on the Endeavour Voyage

First stop is the National Museum of Australia. Experience Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians (pictured above). This ground-breaking exhibition is a catalyst for conversation.

The journey will take you on board Cook’s Endeavour ship and for the first time tell the stories from those on the shore, Australia’s First Peoples. The exhibition provides an in-depth analysis into Australia’s history and shines a light on the voices previously missing from the Endeavour story.

Entry is free and bookings for timed sessions are essential.

A behind-the-scenes look at the media’s quest for truth

Walk the grand steps of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House and make a beeline for the Truth, Power and a Free Press.

This exhibition will challenge and inspire you to discover more about those working on the front line of information and their battle for truth. Australian media history is brought to life through installation, interviews, equipment, artefacts and much more.

Entry is free and bookings for timed sessions are essential.

The nation’s best photographers on show

Next stop is the National Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. An annual event, this exhibition boasts works from across Australia and is showing until 26 July 2020.

Entrants range from aspiring to professional portrait photographers, all giving life to the unique nature of their subjects. You will be amazed at the talent of the photographers and their fascinating subjects.

Entry is free and bookings for timed sessions are essential.

How people, art and Country connect

Feel engaged and connected to Australian history in Belonging: Stories of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia.

This exhibition demonstrates the connection between people, art and Country through visual art and Australia culture pre-1900.

More than 170 artists from across Australia feature, displaying artwork highlighting the impact and ongoing effects of colonisation and the resilience and endurance of custodianship and Indigenous cultures.

Entry is free and bookings for timed sessions are essential.

While you’re out and about getting your art and culture fix, you may want to include one of these exhibitions on your Canberra itinerary, too.

Reflect at the Australian War Memorial as you walk the ANZAC Hall Galleries, get an exclusive look into the working minds of an artist in Place: A travelling exhibition of artists’ books at Canberra Museum and Gallery, and FACE unframed at the Belconnen Arts Centre.

Feature image: Museum curator Shona Coyne in front of an installation of spears made by Rod Mason, Senior Dharawal Elder.

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