National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia
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Architectural BuildingsHistory 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
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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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  • Rohit G
    Auckland Central, New Zealand344 contributions
    2nd time, it was still worth a visit.
    This was our 2nd visit but was still worthwhile. The VR display was not ready. The last one we went to was good, so the next one will be worth attending. The First People display was good. The hanging orcas in different poses is a stunning display. The cafe is good. We had a fruit bowl, it was large. The orange and almond cake was tasty and not dry. The spanakopita was really full of spinach. The Mexican bean was expected to be a tortilla. But it was deconstructed which was fine. Except that the tortilla had been replaced with fried versions.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 5 December 2022
  • Neville B
    Canberra, Australia579 contributions
    Going from Strength to Strength
    This place has emerged as one of the best places to visit in Canberra, second only to the War Memorial (and possibly even better in some eyes). It stages shows of all types, has a good cafe, and is in such a prime position. It has gone from strength to strength under the present Director. It values its "friends" (who include us) by providing a nice area in which to sit, and benefits that are worthwhile.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 28 December 2022
  • FyingKiwi
    Christchurch, New Zealand940 contributions
    Awe Inspiring
    Specializing in portraying the Australian Indigenous heritage along with a number of other uniquely specific Australian artifacts, it is a place one could spend many hours being mesmerized by the stunning displays. Absolutely visually breath-taking, with so much to see and do, boredom, even among children, is highly unlikely to be an option. The car park allows for up to four hours of parking and would be well worth considering.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 January 2023
  • Karen M
    435 contributions
    National Museum of Australia free and fabulous
    This stunning building is one of the last major places I’ve visited in the capital. It’s family friendly and as beautiful on the inside as out. We visited on a public holiday and the car park was full, so take that into consideration when planning. It was also raining and there’s little protection from the sweeping veranda as you enter, but warm and roomy within. We spent about 3 hours, as 4 adults, and viewed the general gallery, which is a non-sequential array of Australian things past and present, artistically arranged, a floor of machinery and history, another of First Australians and then we attended the VR presentation of Antarctica which was brilliant. Other exhibitions were on offer. There are outside displays, too, if weather permits. There was time to sit in the large cafe, where views and food are wide-ranging, although the latter a little pricey. the gift shop is full of fabulous temptations. A free (if you don’t attend a special exhibition) event that will certainly entertain and educate people of any age.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Wingecarribee
    Canberra, Australia2,103 contributions
    A nice thing to do
    Like most museums for people who like exploring museums there is something of interest to see in the National Museum. A nice setting at the edge of Lake Burley Griffin. I walked there from the city. The current free entry Great Southern Land Exhibition has some fascinating exhibits and stories. Various themes mix natural and cultural history. Indigenous times through to climate change science (e.g. a drill that was used to extract ice cores from Antarctica). Great aesthetics. There were many items that caught my attention, things I had read or heard about but not seen. Some hands on activities for families. A good café. Gift Shop has some nice things though pricey. Can also sit outdoors and take in the lake and surrounds.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 9 April 2023
  • yazitravels
    Bordeaux, France415 contributions
    Very big
    Ohh wow, we really didn't expect the museum to be so big. There is a parking however you have to pay to park. There are spaces dedicated to long veihcules. We only paid for an hour. That was before seeing the size of the museum. You definetly need more than an hour to visit. At least 2 hours. Also good for kids.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 May 2023
  • Tamara A
    Glenmore Park, Australia97 contributions
    Feared and Revered Exhibition
    We visit the NMA each time we come to Canberra. This time it was to see the Feared and Revered exhibition - which is EXCELLENT!!! 10 stars out of 5. The museum itself has changed a bit since we were last there but was lacking anything really new to see (in fact we think there are less displays than our last visit). The rotating theatre is gone, and so is the more kid focused space where your art was put into a computer. Still worth the visit but maybe only if you are seeing an advertised exhibit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
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Andrew R
3 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Solo
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
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Jim K
1 contribution
Nov. 2023 • Couples
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 6 November 2023
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Puerto Morelos, Mexico292 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Solo
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
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katejim1
Boonah, Australia432 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
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 25 October 2023
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Will S
1 contribution
Sep. 2023 • Couples
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 27 September 2023
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Anne S
Melbourne, Australia51 contributions
Sep. 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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Laura A
1 contribution
Sep. 2023 • Solo
Fascinating stories, beautiful museum. Amazing, knowledgeable guide. I would highly recommend! I even got emotional and afterwards just sat next to the water contemplating for a while!
Written 21 September 2023
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ally K
1 contribution
Aug. 2023
The museum was by the lake, which is quite a view. Also, they got the best staff here,

Thank you, Fiona, thank you for your help.

Ally from Guangzhou
Written 23 August 2023
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Tamara A
Glenmore Park, Australia97 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
We visit the NMA each time we come to Canberra. This time it was to see the Feared and Revered exhibition - which is EXCELLENT!!! 10 stars out of 5.
The museum itself has changed a bit since we were last there but was lacking anything really new to see (in fact we think there are less displays than our last visit). The rotating theatre is gone, and so is the more kid focused space where your art was put into a computer.
Still worth the visit but maybe only if you are seeing an advertised exhibit.
Written 15 August 2023
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C8428BFchrisw
Adelaide, Australia138 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
A good place to visit but was nothing special - good history of Australia split into different topics. Wouldn’t need to spend more than a couple of hours here
Written 15 July 2023
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