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Australian War Memorial, Canberra

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Australian War Memorial pays tribute to Australians who fought in global conflicts. A large white building with a green dome serves as the site's focal point. It houses the commemorative area, including the Hall of Memory where the Tomb of the Australian Unknown Soldier lies. Inside, three walls of stained glass and four walls of mosaics depict Australian servicemen and women. In an outside courtyard, a memorial pool surrounds an eternal flame. A museum and archive details Australia's military involvement around the world. Put Australian War Memorial and other Canberra attractions into our Canberra online trip itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Many hours could be spent here although timing for each visitor is restricted to two-hour slots which need to be booked very early. Arrival on the day is likely to find an inability to enter. War... 
    Many hours could be spent here although timing for each visitor is restricted to two-hour slots which need to be booked very early. Arrival on the day is likely to find an inability to enter. War...  more »
  • Australian War Memorial - an Australian monument-museum whose main task is to remind contemporary Australians of the achievements of their armed forces in the wars fought with the participation of... 
    Australian War Memorial - an Australian monument-museum whose main task is to remind contemporary Australians of the achievements of their armed forces in the wars fought with the participation of...  more »
  • Limited capacity, doesn’t matter if your relatives died for their country, they want to act like nazis and stop people coming into a venue that belongs to the community. They don’t have anywhere for.....  more
    Limited capacity, doesn’t matter if your relatives died for their country, they want to act like nazis and stop people coming into a venue that belongs to the community. They don’t have anywhere for.....  more »
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  • One of the best places to visit in Canberra, especially for young ones that are interested in military vehicles. Make sure you ask where to park if you want to go around and see the large outdoor vehicles as they are not part of the main exhibit. Still free to access, but it's a lot easier if you drive around the back and park.
  • An amazing place of national significance. Made all that much better by taking a tour. A balanced view of losses and warfare within our borders would be a significant improvement. As would ensuring the Board has no political appointments. Years ago I thought the dioramas were old hat but my appreciation has grown. Perhaps visiting the actual sites has helped.
  • The Australian War Memorial was a place to reflect upon all the sacrifices our war hero's went through. It is an AMAZING Memorial and I was deeply touched. It is a place which is tastefully made and a real education for all Australians and alike. Truly mind blowing, how many men and women gave up their lives for us all.
  • Absolutely brilliant but a day is not enough if you are interested in war time stuff. You really need 2 days. I started with the first world war but didn't really finish it and barely touched the second world and didn't even get to Vietnam or Korea. My advice go to the website and get your ticket they are free but they only allow a certain number of people in because of COVID. Get one for each time slot and don't forget the last post one at the end of the day. It's worth going just for that.
  • The war memorial is an exceptional place to visit. Very moving and to see the workmanship that has gone into all the displays is amazing. The tour guides are all so very knowledgeable.

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