If you visit only one museum in Australia, make it this one. Using state-of-the-art technology and hands-on exhibits that rely more on images, soundscapes, and personal stories than dusty old objects, the museum profiles 50,000 years of indigenous heritage, settlement since 1788, and key events including Federation and the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The collection has everything from a carcass of the extinct Tasmanian tiger to Australia's largest collection of bark paintings, racehorse Phar Lap's heart, and the No. 1 Holden Prototype car. I love this museum, but it is designed with an Australian audience in mind and overseas visitors may find locals' affection for some of the displays baffling. Guided tours (daily 9:30am, noon, and 1:30pm; First Australian tour focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture daily at 11am) may help make things a little clearer.
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