National Museum of Australia, Canberra

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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. See National Museum of Australia and all Canberra has to offer by arranging your trip with our Canberra travel itinerary planner.
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  • Anyone whether from overseas or australian should enjoy the well laid out history of australia. It brings back memories and fills in gaps ypu may have not fully appreciated in the past or missed at th...  more »
  • Encountered absolutely lovely staff but was a bit disappointed at the size and confusing layout. Australia has such a rich, complex and interesting history I assumed the national museum would be overf...  more »
  • Very informative. A really good layout and offers a lot of information in an easy to follow displays. Spread out over a few levels and very modern building. The cafe has a very nice outlook over the l...  more »
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  • Amazing exhibitions and always something to see, do and learn. Lots of hands on things and the Kids Space area is great! They also have wonderful events which are very fun and educational for children, as well as adults! The cafe has delicious food although it can get very busy sometimes and you'll have to wait awhile for food and/or a table. The outside areas are being revived and improved constantly and it's a beautiful area for the kids to run around and explore. My favourite exhibition so far was the items from the British museum including pieces of the Lewis Chessmen. The Play School TV Show exhibition was so nostalgic and exciting. And celebrating Australia Day at the museum was fun and my Uncle bought his Suffolk Punch horse, Nash, as part of a horse themed exhibition that was running. The museum members club is reasonably priced and also extremely beneficial with many extras including frequent discounts in the shop and use of the private members lounge. The free tea and coffee and comfortable seats looking over the lake are relaxing. There are toys for children and it's a lovely space to take a break and eat some lunch before continuing your exploring. They also have kids movies showing during the holidays and the gift shop has some gorgeous things to purchase.
  • This is one of my favourite museums. It has some amazing staff and excellent exhibitions that represent so much from all over Australia. The cafe has some great gluten free cake options too and the coffee isn’t bad either. Love just hanging out.
  • We visited the wonderful Seven Sisters audio experience and the Virtual Reality film as well. I hope this display travels around Australia. I would go again. The effort it must have taken to put it all together was so worth it, thanks so much. The museum had some terrific displays, even in the foyer. Just so good. And lunch at the cafe was beautiful. Topped off the visit. I would recommend a visit to this museum to everyone.
  • For a museum it was good. For our National Museum I thought as a country we could have provided better facilities for the staff. Staff were friendly and very helpful. The exhibitions on show were interesting for a white middle aged male, a female foreign national and a five year old boy.
  • A well-organized, interesting National Museum that isn't afraid to discuss the country's warts - such as The Lost Generation and mistreatment of Indigenous peoples. The museum staff are friendly, informative, and I had very interesting conversations with them. Exhibits are clean, colourful and informative. I particularly liked the exhibit on the Torres Strait peoples.
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