Must-see museum blockbusters in 2023

From pharaohs to femme fatales, and a whole lot more… Australian museums have some enticing exhibitions in 2023.
an old car decorated with paint and strings, surrounded by a few people and parked in the desert and sunrise.

There are plenty of museum shows to spark interest this year, and many of them are well worth trips across the country to enjoy.

While visitors may notice certain zeitgeist-influenced threads between some of the major shows, there are also exquisite exhibitions that travel thousands of years back in time, or deep into little-known parts of the natural world.

ArtsHub has surveyed what’s in store and selected a shortlist of highlights to feel especially excited about.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).