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. 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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  • Was very enjoyable walking around the museum. Saw a lot of Australia's heritage (including Pharlap's heart!) Cafe was great there too. Takes a couple of hours to walk around.  more »
  • Lots to see and read but I think I came at the wrong time as no tours on which would have helped. Building is very impressive. Cafe and shop are good. Had to pay for parking but entry is free. Shame t...  more »
  • We went recently for 'Towers of Tomorrow' Lego exhibition and workshop. Was great fun for whole family. Between the building itself, the permanent and the more temporary exhibitions there is always so...  more »
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  • This museum is amazing on the inside and out. The building is amazing to see as you come over the bridge from either direction. Inside is a great combination of natural history and built environment. Great fun and a visually​ beautiful way to learn about some of Australia's culture and past. Definitely a great place for kids too. They volunteers at the front desk are great to talk to and have heaps of info about the museum and about Canberra, in general.
  • The museum is great to bring people visiting Canberra. For return visitors, there are plenty of stories and details that you don't catch the first time around. Also, their temporary exhibitions are always worth the entry fee.
  • Nice place. Visited it for a 2 day conference. The surrounds were very nice to look at, the museum itself was interesting, and the food/catering was good too. The services of whiteboards/microphones/presentation-type material was also of high quality.
  • I have to "appreciate" the architecture but I do not love the outside. Nevertheless, the inside echoes elements of brutalism and there are some great venues. I have attended a dinner here and it was superb. The collection is excellent and the museum staff are superb. I was impressed when visiting recently to find that every staff member I met was friendly, helpful, informative, conscientious, and genuinely concerned that I gained the most from my experience. This was a real treat because my experience of most other things is where my attendance is interrupting somebody else from doing something other than their job. Not here, it is a professionally-run, tight ship where the staff take pride in what they do, and this makes up for what may be lacking in the collection when compared with, for example, the South Australian Museum.
  • Good place to take the family or friends to while in Canberra. A lot of history to learn here including the indigenous culture of Australia. Occasional events and kids' activity room which is quite nice. The cafe has good service with a great view of the lake.

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