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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  • a wonderful settign for an origianl building but the exhibits are not laid out in a manner that is logical nor easy to follow so you tend to miss sections and even whole upper floor. lots to see. the ...  more »
  • The building and its setting are gorgeous. The museum tells the story of Australia in a cohesive, logical and entertaining fashion. There is a café on site so you can spend the day.  more »
  • Went to the NMA to enjoy the Antarctic Experience! Well worth the investment in time if you have it, think it costs around $25 for the 20 minute experience. The NMA layout it self was lovely although ...  more »
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  • I suggest visitors take a torch as some exhibits are poorly lit. Many of the information boards are way too low to read, requiring the visitor to bow or kneel so as the information is anything close to eye level. Too many exhibits belong in an art gallery and not a museum. More emphasis needs to place on the financial benefits many of the exhibits made and continue to make for Australia. Overall a pleasing visit.
  • Such a great experience.... a highly recommend place and a must see venue The place is very well organized and maintained. It is free for General admission but you have to pay for some special events and exhibitions Its a great place for the whole family, a special place from little kids to do some activities (dress up, coloring and playing with blocks) I highly recommend this place and hope that you will enjoy it as well
  • Lots to see and learn. I didn't attend any of the paid exhibitions but most of the museum is free to visit. Friendly staff - can easily spend 2 hours or more here - just depends on how much detail you want to consume
  • Great indigenous gallery, interesting stuff for kids and the diversity of all that is Australia. Has great blockbuster shows often in conjunction with the British Museum. History of the World in One Hundred Objects was remarkable - check out the fascinating podcasts. Romans was good too.
  • Interesting display of Australian history. The architecture of the building is spectacular. The entrance is currently being upgraded when we were there. Great cafe with nice views of the lake. Found the Bush Mechanics interesting. Well worth a visit.
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