A History of the World in 100 Objects This exhibition is based on a series of radio broadcasts produced in 2010 by the then head of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor. The pieces, each originally discussed individually and in detail, were gathered together as an exhibition that has since toured internationally in modified form. The show includes 43 of the original objects. National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton. MonSat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 9am-7pm. Tickets: $8-$20. Bookings: 1800 026 132 or online. Until January. Versailles: Treasures from the Palace This is a rare exhibition of 130 objets d’art from Versailles. That evocative phrase shock and awe, coined by the writers of America’s doctrine of “rapid dominance” in the Iraq war, could have been applied to Louis XIV’s reign in France — twice over. Not only did the 17th-century French king consolidate state power into absolute personal rule, ramping up the state’s treasury after reforms by his minister of finance Jean-Baptiste Colbert. Louis XIV poured money into architecture, painting, sculpture, the decorative arts, music and dance. National Gallery of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes. Daily, 10am-5pm. Tickets: $25-$56. Inquiries: (02) 6240 6411 or online. Until April 17.