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Museum Highlights Tour | 1pm Daily
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Museum Highlights Tour | 1pm Daily

By National Museum of Australia
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Duration: 1h
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  • Museum Highlight Tour
  • Entry/Admission - National Museum of Australia
What's not included
  • The listed price does not include a parking fee, payable at the time of arrival to the Museum car park.
  • Food and drinks


Start:
  • National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cres, Acton ACT 2601, Australia
    Your tour will commence from the Visitor Services desk
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 35395P19

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • On arrival proceed to the Information Hub to redeem your voucher
    • Present your either printed or electronic voucher (e-vouchers) with photo ID to matching the booking name in exchange for your activity. Without proof of purchase and photo ID, the Museum reserves the right to charge visitors for the cost of the tour per person.
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Wheelchairs, prams and motorised scooters are available for hire from the Information Desk
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    • National Museum of Australia
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    • ZN9999
      0 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Don't waste your time unless there is a special exhibit on
      I went here just after it opened 20 years ago. Great location for what should be a national treasure and also a great looking building. I went this time and the Egypt exhibition was on. That was very good. But the Australian section is rubbish, better than 20 years ago but still rubbish. Very underwhelming. Some of it was closed but what I saw was just a collection of old packaging and bits and old and ends with no coherent story about either indigenous or colonial settlement. This could and should be a much better museum than it is, it's a national shame that so little is done. Compared to Te papa in Wellington thus is a joke. Maybe all the museum federal money goes to the war memorial, I don't know. But I wouldn't bother going here again (well at least for another 20 years)
      Written 28 April 2024
    • jajavalB
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great exhibition , changing theme of exhibits
      Several times, I have been here. It’s always interesting about exhibition, esp. temporary one, April 2024:Egyptian mummy . It’s exotic, real mummy experience. Exhibition leads you into real ancient surroundings. Vicinity of Museum is also relaxing, good place for strolling around the lake Burley Griffin. Outdoor permanent exhibition is also extraordinary about sound of indigenous music.
      Written 15 April 2024
    • nancyolah
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Phenomenal, must see museum!
      The National Museum of Australia is unlike any other museum I’ve visited. The combination of history, science, culture, and ideas are all interwoven with a profound respect for the aboriginal peoples and their culture. The exhibits contain moving real life stories, along with an understanding of the profound impact of climate change on the continent of Australia and our planet. We especially liked the First Australians Gallery and had a fabulous personal tour by Lindsey of the Garden of Australian Dreams and Breathing Space. Lindsey was so friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about what each design element signified - I wouldn’t have understood what I was looking at without his guidance! We spent a very happy six hours at the museum - which also has a great little cafe for lunch. This museum was our favorite site in three lovely days in Canberra!
      Written 6 April 2024
    • lianhualu
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Waste of Parking Fee
      This was a waste of our $15 parking fee ($3/hour). The museum is divided into galleries and the Landmarks Gallery which contains over 1500 objects, according to the museum website, was closed. The remaining sections of the museum seemed to be organised thematically rather than in historical order. Additionally, there is very little written explanation or context for the items on display. Two examples: There is a small collection of whalebone scrimshaw, but no explanations for those who may not know what it is. There is also a crocodile puppet that was given to a woman who was bitten by a croc - again with no explanation of its value or significance. There are touchscreens and an audio tour which give basic information. When travelling through regional Australia, our Indigenous people tend to be poorly represented in local museums. On the other hand, the Australian National Museum has a plethora of Indigenous artefacts in every section. Unfortunately, these are quite uninspiring and lack context in many cases. The building itself is a beautiful piece of architecture and the cafe on the lake is stunning. There are also high-quality touring exhibitions (Egypt at the moment) for which you pay admission and these are definitely worth visiting. If you have children, there is enough to stimulate their curiousity. As an adult who has visited many museums in Australia and overseas, I am appalled that this is the best we can do.
      Written 29 March 2024
    • wombatdavid
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Egypt was wonderful and see the rest of the museum while there
      I went to see the Egypt exhibition and it was amazing. I visited with a 9am ticket and it was great as there was hardly anyone there. Lovely to see all the artefacts without crowds (like British Musuem for example) but it was pricey at $20 for student and $25 for adult. But for was worth it for the quality of the items shown. The rest of the museum is very interesting. The First Nations galleries are enlightening yet confronting. I assume this is why some the reviews here try and criticise the museum for having a strong Indigenous focus? But isn't that really Ok when contemporary Australia has a 200 year history and Aboriginal nations have a 60,000+ year history? We have a long way to go as a country to grow up.
      Written 11 March 2024
    • ronm548
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A Must-See !
      This is one of the best museums I've visited in Australia. From the moment you walk on the grounds to the end...you'll be amazed! The outside exhibits include some interesting artwork (you probably need to read about it or get a volunteer to help you with the interpretation). We did not do the Egyptian exhibit as I've been to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo...but the permanent exhibits give you a LOT to digest. The displays are well lit, easy to understand and are organized via the various regions of Australia. There are some interesting-active things, stuff you can touch, videos to watch, etc. What I thought added a lot was the soundscape. If you are in the coastal regions you see and hear whales. If you are in a rain forest area you hear the birds and wildlife there. Even outside there are soundscapes...very amazing and well done. We encountered a volunteer named Lindsey; he saw us looking at a map and the outdoor display so he came over to give us a suggestion on how to see the remaining exhibits. Afterwards he was watching for us and gave us an impromptu tour of the outside exhibits. The 30 minutes we spent with him were very interesting and informative. We're both veterans (he of the RAAF and me of the USAF) so we had a little bit of a chat about that stuff....my wife was convinced we'd be there all day! We'd told him we were hoping to catch the 2:05 bus and he respected that, shortening up our visit to accomodate us. All in all the facility is great, the staff is very friendly. This is a must-see if you are in Canberra!
      Written 26 February 2024
    • deltagolf14
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great place to learn about Australia, really good displays
      I really enjoyed my visit to the National Museum. It was one of the first things I did in Australia. The museum has loads of displays about the country and takes you through Australia's history and different areas. It's a great place to learn about the country with many displays regarding Indigenous peoples, technological innovations, medicine, engineering, architecture and lots of other stuff.
      Written 28 January 2024
    • Daniel S
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Carlos a hidden gem in this museum
      We were greeted by Carlos in the garden of dreams and he very politely informed us that we could not take drinks into the gallery and explain exactly why, the best was yet to come. For the next 30 minutes Carlos welcomed us and gave us an incredible insight into the museum’s history, architecture and themes that ran throughout the building. We were blown away with this as we would have never realized how much every detail meant something. Nothing was too much for Carlos and he went above and beyond with his incredible knowledge and pleasant personality and made us feel like we were the only guests there that day. Thanks again Carlos :)
      Written 19 January 2024
    • IntrepidVoyager2016
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      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Should be called the National Indigenous Museum
      I've visited this museum a few times now and it just gets more disappointing. It's basically divided into three areas; indigenous artefacts, the land (mainly more indigenous history) and modern artefacts but the modern artefacts section is currently closed so it was pretty much just indigenous artefacts when we visited. I stress the use of the word 'artefacts' as the museum exhibits mainly random artefacts without any timeline and often without any historical context so it feels like its really just a large lost property warehouse at times. As locals we normally only visit to use the coffee shop (great views) or to see visiting exhibitions so it's a while since we did the full walk-though and we were appalled at the extent to which the museum has started to relect the liberal-left mantra of 'black is good, white is bad'. Our party of family and visiting relatives actually left the museum feeling quite angry and disgusted. One comment was that the museum was intimidating for white people and another was that it felt like one long attack on white people.
      Written 14 January 2024
    • Blueliliac
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Don't miss: Egypt on the shores of Burley Griffin
      We went to the Discovering Ancient Egypt exhibition at the NMA which is going to be in Canberra until 8 September, and agree that it was well worth the visit. The space is well curated, and people with wheelchairs or large prams seemed to be able to move around well. Our tickets were for 1:30 and we left about 2:45. The information signage is very useful/interesting and easy to see. A QR code for the tour (there is also a 'kids tour' version) is just inside the exhibition entry on the left-hand side, we remembered to bring our ipods and were happy to listen to the additional information about the objects - but it's not necessary as the display information is great. The separate space housing mummies is respectfully done and well signposted, if someone wants to skip this part. Don't miss the short curator's video about how the delicate papyrus pages are prepared for travel. We also briefly visited other parts of the museum and were amazed at all the changes! It's much more open and inviting than we remember and we're looking forward to a return visit.
      Written 19 December 2023
    • H1204WGandrewr
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      A truly bizarre experience.
      I've gone to my country's museum expecting to see something on how Australia developed over the ages; instead there was a mismatched wishwash of some 20th century stuff. Extra kudos to the 2014 painting hanging upstairs - I'm honestly unsure how that was judge to be historic and worthy of being in a museum?
      Written 12 November 2023
    • Y9295OLjimk
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      Disappointing waste of parking fee
      Disappointing, without doubt the least interesting museum I have ever visited. For the National Museum it’s displays are erratic and any information was sparse. Compared to other museums they have lots of room but very few pisplays. They have gone for Arty instead of good informative displays.
      Written 5 November 2023
    • NormTravelYounger
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      One of the better museums I have visited
      Terrific museum, and especially good for someone who has little knowledge of the Australian history, culture, or topography of the country. Beautifully laid out, great presentations.
      Written 30 October 2023
    • katejim1
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      Disappointing
      We enjoy museums, but this experience was very disappointing; it is very dark, the writing/labelling is small and very hard to read. It doesn't really tell the whole history of Australia. The most disappointing visit to a museum we have ever had. The building is very modern, and clean. The staff were friendly on entry.
      Written 24 October 2023
    • willsA320YR
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      Disappointing
      Very disappointing for a National Museum . All about 1st Nations and protests about lots of things. Very very little on early Australia and Australians. The description of what is in the display is small and hard to read in the semi light. Some good stuff especially the whales. Not a patch on the QLD Museum in Brisbane.
      Written 26 September 2023
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    Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,331 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023
    It is in the nature of such institutions that they seek to define a national identity. In reality, the nature of this identity is defined by the people who visit the Museum, who are impressed by artifacts such as Phar Lap's heart and the first Holden car to roll off the production line. No matter how much you seek to define Australia in terms of its indigenous origins, visitors will not pay attention if they are bored
    Written 17 February 2023
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    Anne S
    Melbourne, Australia51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Solo
    An informative tour and an excellent museum. I think that I learnt more on the tour of the galleries we visited than I would have wandering alone. I would have happily spent longer listening to our guide and getting extra insight into the different sections.
    Written 25 September 2023
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    Rohit Gupta
    Auckland Central, New Zealand422 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Couples
    We have been here before. This time we dropped in to have a look at the Egyptian display, on loan from a Dutch Museum. I had gleaned some knowledge from books, documentaries and movies.

    And I always wanted to visit Egypt. This was the next best thing. Thoroughly recommended. We didn't take a tour, and we didn't need to book. It may get busy in holidays.
    Written 23 March 2024
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    Nicole T
    Cairns, Australia115 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    An excellent snapshot of everything quintessentially Australian. Phar Lap’s heart is still here. A full morning or afternoon of your itinerary. The free Canberra loop bus stops here.
    Written 13 February 2020
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    Horacio
    Australia68 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023
    First of all, even though we booked, there was no tour guide ready for us. Trip Advisor it seems had not communicated with the museum. One was found while we waited. Secondly, there was an unbalanced over emphasis on "Welcome to Country." How many times do I have to be welcomed to the country that I and my parents were born in? There is more to Australia than the atrocities of the British to the Orginal people of this land.
    Written 19 January 2023
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    Anthony O
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2023
    The whole experience was an honour, we did the whole tour, gained a lot more insight into the wars that our men and women endured. Stayed for the most moving part, which was the last post. This will stay with me forever.
    Written 24 May 2023
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    Pam T
    Caringbah, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023 • Couples
    Our guide was very knowledgeable and pointed out many small but interesting things that we would otherwise have missed as there is just so much information
    Written 18 March 2023
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    Fani B
    Canberra, Australia7 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took the museum tour and we learned a bit. But we thought they could make the layout and flow of the place better.
    Written 20 October 2019
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