National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia, Canberra: Hours, Address, National Museum of Australia Reviews: 4/5

National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia
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Architectural Buildings • History Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
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jpfSydney
United Kingdom185 contributions
Still the worst museum in the world...
May 2021
The building is a dreadful eyesore, a national disgrace in a beautiful seaside location. What did these arrogant architects and designers think they were doing, on public expense? The inside is even worse, if this is possible - a jumbled display of random artifacts, no sense of history or continuity, poor signage and useless explanations. The curators must have been educated in the same crazy postmodernist tradition as were the architects... The rooms and crannys inside have no connection, as if the whole experience was conceived to confuse and irritate the visitor rather than explain and educate. Go to the National Library or the War Memorial instead, hopefully this awful junk heap will be demolished eventually...
Written 18 May 2021
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Liz Man
Cleveland, Australia174 contributions
A must see when in Canberra
May 2021
Excellent galleries and presented well. I used a mobility scooter which helped me walk around for longer and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our lunch was delicious from the coffee shop, and we were pleasantly surprised to see the range and quality of Australian made crafts at the museum shop.
Written 10 May 2021
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ynoAustralia
Bondi, Australia87 contributions
Trevor Kennedy Exhibition
Apr. 2021 • Couples
Wonderful Australiana collection. Can’t wait for more to be curated and displayed from this wonderful collection. Such an eclectic arrangement but loved the quirkiness and breadth of objects. Please bring on more.
Written 1 May 2021
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Louise D
1 contribution
Not a lot to see, give a miss until building works complete.
Apr. 2021 • Family
Whilst it was the 20th anniversary of NMA the majority of the museum was closed. Coffee shop was open and offers a range of items with a great view. Parking is expensive.
Written 28 April 2021
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Cobbadog
Coopernook, Australia57 contributions
disappointed
Apr. 2021 • Couples
There was an awful amount of empty wasted space in the main foyer with only a couple of the displays that interested us bot. Found the Landscape Gallery to be great, un interested in the Packer exhib ition and the same for the Cook one too. Seemed to have an overkill of Indigenous displays which was not interesting to us at all
Written 25 April 2021
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Jonique Life
Australia977 contributions
National Museum of Australia
Jan. 2021 • Couples
What a great day out! The architecture of this whole building was amazing from the moment you walked up the entrance. So much history and a couple of bonus exhibitions there at the moment which are featured which were great ( Captain Cook Endeavour Voyage Exhibition was a marvellous recollection of experiences from the First Australians and Cook)

We found this old caravan and car on display as well which was amazing to just see how far the humble caravan has come over the years.

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Written 10 April 2021
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Bruce L
Port Macquarie, Australia92 contributions
Spacious building with very confusing layout
Apr. 2021
The displays in the museum are interesting but not as comprehensive as one would expect from a national museum. The modern building is architecturally interesting and its spacious. However navigating the buildings is very confusing with inadequate signage.
Written 8 April 2021
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LDN100
Sydney, Australia97 contributions
Definitely worth booking the exhibit!
Apr. 2021
Went to the Endeavour Voyage exhibit and then the museum. Spent 2 hours+ in the exhibit and probably less than an hour in the rest of the museum. I really enjoyed the exhibit. I learnt so much that I didn't know about the Cook and Endeavour voyage, the devastation caused to the aboriginal populations despite the advice Cook was given. The rest of the museum wasn't much to look at after the amazing exhibit and we didn't have much time to take it all in, but I enjoyed it enough for it to be worth 4*!
Written 6 April 2021
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micko-burns
Greystanes, Australia138 contributions
Half closed.
Apr. 2021 • Family
Have visited the museum several times but this time it felt like half of the palce was closed and there was very little to see - only two galleries were open (Landscapes and First Australians) along with the special Endeavour exhibit.

Nonetheless, the food in the cafe was tasty and there was an excellent range of products in the shop.
Written 6 April 2021
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EtteEll
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
Where’s Antarctica?
Apr. 2021 • Solo
Fabulous visit with a deep focus on Indigenous history but rather disappointed that there was not a hint of Australia’s Antarctic History. No sled, no science, no diplomacy.
Written 4 April 2021
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