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National Museum of Australia, Canberra
Categories: History Museums, Museums
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 Fyshwick itinerary planner.
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It was ok, the special exhibit was $20 for 100 objects and I was a bit over museums at this stage. Perhaps more for kids than adults.
we had never visited this museum before and finally went because of the 'History of the World in 100 objects 'exhibition. What a delightful museum , fabulous architecture and setting. The cafe does fa... read more »
We went for the special exhibition "The World in 100 Objects" This was mind blowing and well worth the special trip.
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.
Luke Flack Kate Flack
Disgraceful operation. Came in to the cafe at around 1.30pm and every table yes every table was filthy and not one of them had been cleared from their lunch rush and people having to sit at these tables. I ordered 2 lattes and when the waitress came she said "2 flat whites" I said "no, lattes" she said "they're the same thing" "i said they're not if you know anything about coffee" she said "1 just has a bit more froth than the other" and she walked off. The woman behind the coffee machine could learn to smile she simply looks like she is over it. The waitresses need a lesson in waiting tables, seen on all accasions delivering meals to tables and returning back to the kitchen empty handed which is a serious lack of teamwork. Finally, the nail in the coffin.. Their motto is writen on the back wall in liquid chalk; quote, Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck, end quote. My wife laughed when she read it. To the management, shame on you for this poor representation of our nations capital especially in the national museum. Sackable in my books. Thank god for Melbourne and Sydney
Learn the history of Australia in a day! Entertaining, informative and with lots of personal touches. The building itself is noteworthy though realy easy to completely lose your sense of direction in. Not so much for younger children to do but there is a fun area in the very middle that they would enjoy, complete with tunnel.
Negative - Rude staff, namely in 'PlaySchool' exhibition. My 5 year old daughter went to sit on a display that all other kids were sitting on for photo ops. A staff member pounced as my daughter was trying to climb up using her knees as she was not big enough or smart enough to teleport herself up. The staff member then rudely told my daughter off! My daughter was then accused of touching the display which she was no where near, and as a responsible parent I would have stopped her if she was going to touch the display. Interestingly enough there were NO signs indicating preferred actions of children in a kids display. Shame on you 5 year old child! Positive - The science exhibition was fun! Nice staff! Helpful and made you feel welcome.
Steve Campbell Grant
This museum does its best to showcase all of the things for which Australia is known. And the stories keep coming. There are new and exciting ways of telling the story of our original people. The bookshop is well stocked. This was one of the first places with free recharge for your smart device - iPhone, Nexus - that sort of thing. There is WiFi here - free and easy like it should be in a public space. Super internet here we come!
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