The Museum presents a regularly changing display of documents and objects from the Bank's rich and diverse archival collection. These ‘collection spotlight’ displays present items that have rarely been seen before by the public and illustrate the Bank's past and provide historical context to Australia's banknotes.
King O'Malley is best remembered as a colourful and at times controversial politician in the period following Australia’s federation. He was also a significant figure in the initiative to create a national bank with central banking responsibilities.
Dr Coombs goes to China
In October 1961, the Bank's Governor Dr H C Coombs visited the People's Republic of China. Coombs' journey was an extraordinary one, since Australia did not have diplomatic relations with the country at the time. Coombs' was one of the very earliest representations made by a Commonwealth official to the People's Republic of China.
Artist Ryan Presley created an alternative banknote series that re-imagines Australia's currency as a celebration of Aboriginal history and culture.
The importance of aviation to Australia has been reflected in the design of a number of its banknotes, This display explored how aviation was incorporated into Australia's issued and unissued banknotes.
Several Australian banknotes have celebrated the contributions of Australian scientists and the role of science and innovation in Australia's society, culture and economy.