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National Museum of Australia

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Address: Lawson Crescent | Acton Peninsula, Canberra 2601, Australia
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+61 1800 026 132
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Discover where Australia’s stories come alive at the National Museum of...

Discover where Australia’s stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia. Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the Museum’s stunning architecture offers visitors an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people.

Take a guided tour through the Museum’s many exhibitions (fees apply). The Museum’s expert Visitor Services Hosts will bring stories to life and reveal the history behind the objects on display.

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The museum gives a good flavour of the country, even though the layout is a bit confusing. Great building though.

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Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum gives a good flavour of the country, even though the layout is a bit confusing. Great building though.

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Stirling, Au
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have just been to Sundaze at the National Museum Terrace Bar - free, live music by Betty Alto and Kanion. Great music on a perfect, warm autumnal Canberra Sunday evening with sun setting over the lake. Sadly, last gig before winter but thanks to the Museum for having the courage to put on live music and to utilise the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Like a reverse blue police box, the National Museum of Australia is much smaller on the inside than it appears on the outside. However it is a beautiful museum that does a nice job of condensing Australian history down for those of us relatively unfamiliar with it. That's what my friend and I were looking for and the museum did... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed the trip back in time. I would however liked to have seen more of the opulence of chandeliers, furniture and the like vs predominantly artwork and tapestry focus. A great experience.

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Canberra
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very nice building which you can walk around looking at all the great displays. There is a lot of parking spots, so parking is not a problem. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend a visit

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High Point, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I read differing opinions on the set up at this museum before I visited-the layout is not the typical chronological walk through. Personally, I enjoyed it very much, and found the curation imaginative and respectful. You will leave with a much better understanding of Aboriginal peoples, and the history of Australia. I allowed most of the day for this museum,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The National Museum has an excellent selection of Australian memorabilia over the ages. The exhibits change form time to time so you can keep going back. They also have some great special attractions.

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Cleveland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our group only had a short time to spend here, but would love to go back. The building itself is worth a visit and the displays a must for all, Australians and overseas visitors. The guides are waiting to talk to anyone wanting to learn about the displays and seem most informative.

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Parkes, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This was an event that was held at the bar for skyfire, wbich for those who don't know is a fireworks show held each year. The canapés were fantastic and plentiful which is unusual for these types of events, the glasses of alcohol were always kept full also a unusual thing, all the staff working on the night were pleasant... More 

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Adelaide
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A weird hotchpotch of seemingly unconnected Australiana without any apparent coherence. Abiding memories are of dimly lit exhibits and the entire circa theatre being out of action (for more than two weeks..) while they wait for parts and technical know-how. Disappointing, if not an absolute disgrace.

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