New Director of National Museum of Australia

Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

The Albanese Labor Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Katherine McMahon as the Director of the National Museum of Australia.

Ms Brown’s appointment commences on 18 February 2024 for a period of 5 years.

One of our most important national cultural institutions, the National Museum safeguards and showcases our history.

Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, said strong leadership at Australia’s national cultural institutions will be integral to their future success.

“The National Museum of Australia tells the story of who we are – bringing uniquely Australian stories to life through its collection, displays and exhibitions.

“Katherine’s record shows her dedication to doing just that.

“I look forward to the Museum telling more of those stories under her leadership.”


Ms Katherine McMahon joined the National Museum in 2017 and was appointed Assistant Director, Discovery and Collections in July 2018. She was appointed Deputy Director (Acting) in June 2023 and appointed Director (Acting) in December 2023.

During her tenure at the Museum, Ms McMahon has overseen the delivery of a major gallery renewal program and the acquisition of the Trevor Kennedy Collection, one of the largest and most significant, privately owned holdings of Australian decorative arts and historical objects.

Ms McMahon worked at the Australian War Memorial from 2002 to 2017, where she played an instrumental role in the Memorial’s gallery development and exhibitions program.

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