National Museum a step closer to $250m masterplan

Major milestone crossed for NMA’s redevelopment with biggest gallery to date and new children’s space now open.

The National Museum of Australia (NMA) recently opened the doors to its biggest exhibition space to date, the Great Southern Land environmental gallery, alongside a new children’s play space, the Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre.

This $34 million revitalisation is led by ARM Architecture, which designed the initial building in 1997, and is part of NMA’s $250 million masterplan to double the size of its precinct by 2030.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram: @lleizy_