Australia 2001 Opening of the National Museum of Australia

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  • Issue Date: 8 March 2001
  • Designed by: Stacey Zass
  • Printed by: SNP Ausprint
  • Print Process: Lithography
  • Perforations: 14 x 14½
  • Stamp Size: 37.5 mm x 26 mm
  • Format: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25 separated by printed gutter)
  • Withdrawal date: 31 March 2002


The opening of the National Museum of Australia is part of the celebrations marking the centenary of federation. The museum was developed as a forum–a place for sharing stories and exchanging information about different cultures, as well as displaying rare and unique objects. The museum employs a fresh and exciting approach to Australian history, culture and the environment. It presents its varied subject matter through the blending of exhibits, technology, media, live performances and hands-on activities.

Three main themes form the museum’s intellectual framework: Australian society and its history since 1788; the interaction of people with the environment; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.


The designer has combined details of the museum’s architectural features: the entry canopy, skylights, and an architectural site plan, with the wallaby sculpture: Pangk (1962, George MacNaught and Joe Ngallametta, Wik people of Western Cape York Peninsula, wood, ochre, nails, and resin, 68 x 11 cm). The stamps interweave these design elements evoking the same organic, narrative experience and anti-monumental feel envisaged for the museum itself.

Single Stamps

49c Museum Architecture
49c Pangk Sculpture

Se-tenant Pair

Se-tenant pair x 49c

Gutter Strip

Gutter strip of 10 x 49c plus 5 labels

First Day Cover

The first day of issue postmark was Canberra ACT 2600.

First day cover

Maximum Cards

49c Museum Architecture maximum card
49c Pangk Sculpture maximum card

Presentation Pack

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack of 2 x 49c