Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra
(3.7/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web)
Canberra Museum and Gallery is an art gallery and museum in Canberra, the capital of Australia. It is located on London Circuit, in Civic in the centre of the city. The gallery was opened on 13 February, 1998.The museum holds a strong collection of artworks and museum objects relating to the Canberra region. Works in the permanent collection are currently exhibited in the Reflecting Canberra permanent exhibition, which opened on 14 February 2001. The exhibition includes a range of works including material relating to the Canberra bushfires of 2003.There are several galleries located on two floors of the building, which have different exhibitions of paintings, photography or other works of art and the social history of Canberra. In its first five years the gallery had held 158 exhibitions. Entry to the gallery is free.CMAG is part of ACT Museums and Galleries which is an administrative unit of the Cultural Facilities Corporation (CFC), part of the ACT Government. The CFC was established under the Cultural Facilities Corporation Act 1997 for the purpose of managing and developing a number of the ACT’s major cultural assets: the Canberra Theatre; the Canberra Museum and Gallery; the Nolan Collection and ACT Historic Places (Lanyon, Calthorpes’ House and Mugga Mugga). The Corporation’s responsibilities span across the performing and visual arts, social history and cultural heritage management.Consisting of the Canberra Museum and Gallery, the Nolan Collection and ACT Historic Places (Lanyon, Calthorpes’ House and Mugga Mugga), ACT Museums and Galleries delivers a range of cultural services to the community in providing activities such as exhibitions, public and education programs, as well as through collecting, conserving and presenting significant aspects of the ACT’s cultural heritage.
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  • We happened to notice it as we walked around, and with time to spare before our coffee appointment, dropped in. The particular display that caught my attention was the Denman collection (early 1900's)...  more »
  • A fascinating collection of priceless ancient and antique objects, very well presented, interpreted and easy to view. Well worth the cost of the visit. 
  • Average exhibition which would appeal to some. I found it a hastle to get to in the hyper busy traffic and hard to get a park. Was fairly put off with people sleeping on the footpath at the door then ...  more »
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  • Very nice exhibition space. Generally has interesting and sometimes slightly transgressive shows of usually minor artists and local interest subjects. Caters well also for children with a small free craft table and a book nook for quiet reading. Small cafe with limited hours.
  • Low profile but usually good quality exhibitions. Latest is a comprehensive collection of information and art works on Canberra bush life. But who could forget last year's magnificent exhibition of Barbie dolls!
  • Easy parking nearby and plenty of interesting exhibits.
  • A little disappointed, not much to see there. Better go at the national gallery which has more content and is also free.
  • Small, but has some free, focussed exhibitions. If you're visitng the city centre, take an hour or so to browse whatever's on show.