National Museum of Australia, Canberra

The National Museum of Australia preserves Australia’s social history.
The National Museum of Australia preserves Australia’s social history.

Located on the Acton Peninsula on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the National Museum of Australia offers an experience that will give your visit to the national capital a real ‘wow’ factor. The Museum preserves and interprets Australia’s social history, exploring the key issues, people and events that have shaped the nation. It highlights some of the defining moments in Australian history with an amazing range of exhibitions, exhibits and interactive experiences.

Among the many fascinating artefacts you can see are Phar Lap’s heart, Ned Kelly’s Jerilderie letter, the 1866 Melbourne Cup trophy and a range of aboriginal breastplates. You can keep the kids entertained in Kspace, the interactive adventure game for young people.  There is a continuing program of talks, films, concerts, workshops and specialty tours. One of our favourites is the Eternity exhibition featuring stories from the emotional heart of the country. Whether it be chance, fear, devotion or the full range of emotions, it’s all captivating.

If you go:

National Museum of Australia
Lawson Crescent, Acton
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: 1800 026 132

Explore local itineraries via the links below

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Canberra for Culture Vultures … Home to Australia’s main museums and galleries
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Canberra’s Indoor Family Activities … Young imaginations run free
Canberra’s Outdoor Family Adventures … Recreational paradise for big and little kids alike
The Australian Story in Canberra … A city that reflects the national journey

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