Exhibitions 2023

The Birds of Australia

Wednesday 22 March - Thursday 22 June 2023
Discover the Birds of Australia on a digital storytelling cube inspired by the work of John and Elizabeth Gould, now on show outside in the forecourt.
More Info

Ink in the Lines

Saturday 25 March - Sunday 4 June 2023
Many members and veterans of the Australian Defence Forces have tattoos, and while their reasons for getting tattooed are as varied as the people themselves, self expression and belonging play a...
More Info


Saturday 6 May - Sunday 6 August 2023
This is new ideas; this is ancient legacy; this is boundless creativity.
More Info

Cultural Resurgence

On display until Monday 31 July 2023
Speaking in Colour’s annual Cultural Resurgence exhibition, showcasing artworks made using traditional Aboriginal techniques, returns to Newcastle Museum.
More Info

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition

Tuesday 15 August - Sunday 29 October 2023
The images on display were selected, from a compilation of the top 40 finalist images from each year, spanning back to 2015.
More Info

Seeking Safety by Sea

On display from 12 September until 22 October 2023
Combining art, documentary footage and survivor testimony, this exhibition reflects on the SIEV X tragedy in order to remember the past and inspire hope for the future.
More Info

Australia in Space

Open for exploration 15 November 2023 - 10 March 2024
Developed by Questacon, Australia in Space is touching down in Newcastle!
More Info

Potions and Pestilence

Thursday 7 December 2023 - Sunday 10 March 2024
You might assume that a pharmacist’s work hasn’t changed much in the past century, but a dusty notebook uncovered in the ceiling of a house in Hamilton shows us just how much local pharmacies have...
More Info