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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  • Amazing experience - only wished we had more time there. If you are visiting Canberra you MUST visit here. Our kids (2 x 12 and 2 x 8) enjoyed the visit also and were quite humbled learning and...  more »
  • Interesting fun and interactive. Lots to learn about and solemnity that prevails is stunning. Happy to come back many more times. Note, a little chilly during July……  more »
  • Roll of Honour and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is still there. As are most of the galleries. The view from the front steps is still pretty much the same for now, as are the surrounding trees. But the....  more »
  • Best tourist attraction in Canberra. Been there twice now and loved it both times. Great collection of military/war related artifacts really well displayed. Highly recommended going in the afternoon and catching the sunset service. So beautiful and emotional. It really leaves you with a great feeling. A must see for the historical aspect even if you are not into war/military. Can't recommend it highly enough. Great for kids too.
  • Amazing place. The Government have done a brilliant job of commemorating the sacrifice of Australians in war over the past 100+ years. The exhibits are modern, professional and extremely detailed. You can easily spend a whole day here. It's a very wheelchair accessible place and very well suited for children. The staff are extremely friendly and are proactive in providing assistance to visitors.
  • Honestly one of the best things I’ve ever seen. Interesting, touching, educational, relaxing, stimulating. And free! Go at 10am when it opens and you’ll have the place to yourself for about 20 minutes. Had breakfast at Poppy’s first and it was lovely. Good coffee.
  • Too little time to see everything properly. I would say a full day may be required to explore all that is on offer/display. It was a lovely experience going through the exhibits and they were very well presented and in a logical way with lots of interactive. Much to learn about the history of Australia's contributions to the great wars and conflicts and the men/women who served and died for their country. I'll definitely be visiting again on my next trip to Canberra to have a better look.
  • Absolutely fantastic. Did the free guided tour and I couldn't recommend it enough. Spent a few hours here and enjoyed a sausage roll and coffee for a very reasonable price at the cafe. Definitely worth the visit. Got so much information and it's very interesting and informative

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