National Museum of Australia, Canberra

(3.9/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
National Museum of Australia features interactive exhibits and groups of items divided by concept rather than era. The museum profiles 50,000 years of indigenous heritage, early European settlements, and modern events, such as the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The world's largest collection of aboriginal bark paintings and stone tools is on display. Other popular displays include the heart of champion racehorse Phar Lap and the Holden Prototype Number 1 car. Spend a rainy day here learning about the country's history, recent developments, and subjects unique to Australia, such as surf lifesaving and bushrangers. Put National Museum of Australia on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Canberra itinerary planner.
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  • Great place to spend a couple of hours and you can enjoy the lakeside cafe or gift shop too. There are several car parks and a bit of a walk to enter, but we followed tomtom and we think it took us to...  more »
  • We spent the whole day here and found it interesting and exciting. It was full of school children but they were all well behaved and added to the atmosphere. 
  • Went specifically to see the British Museum 100 items Exhibition - which was wonderful - but zoomed through more of the Museum whilst searching for Phar Lap's heart. Tucked away in a dark corner ! Fas...  more »
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  • We went to see the exhibition "The history of the world in 100 objects", which was alright. Afterwards we decided to visit the rest of the museum and we were very impressed with the exhibits and learned a lot about australian history. All up a very enjoyable visit.
  • Get in early people to get a park!! Take some change for parking!! And allow at least 4 hours to look at everything properly!! We loved it!! As soon as we walked in we were greeted by a very friendly man who let us in to the revolving cinema! Once we finished in there we was greeted by another very happy lady who let us out! Once we started to walk around the exhibitions there was this extremely odd male who kept following us and I mean everywhere!! I finally had enough as I have 4 kids I noticed it was a staff member!! He kept steering at my twin 14 yo girls! I approached him and he weirdly smiled directly passed me at the girls again I told him he better stop steering he opened his mouth to speak and I noticed he was simply! For this reason I walked away! BUT I did not feel safe with my kids so if you come across this person keep your children close!!!
  • The National muswum always has interesting international exhibitions. Food at the cafe is expensive but excellent and the kids will love Kspace downstairs.
  • The building itself is worth to see and experience. Great selection of pieces and stories attached to it. As a non Australian this gave me a good idea about the country and its history and challenges in the past. Download the very well made free audio guide on your smartphone. Entrance is free as well.
  • The architecture of this building is amazing! Free entry, and great history to look at, from Melbourne's history to Sydney's history to the architecture itself! I highly recommend this place for all travellers in Canberra.