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National Museum of Australia

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Address: Lawson Crescent | Acton Peninsula, Canberra 2601, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 1800 026 132
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Discover where Australia’s stories come alive at the National Museum of...

Discover where Australia’s stories come alive at the National Museum of Australia. Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the Museum’s stunning architecture offers visitors an extraordinary place to explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people.

Take a guided tour through the Museum’s many exhibitions (fees apply). The Museum’s expert Visitor Services Hosts will bring stories to life and reveal the history behind the objects on display.

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The museum has some great exhibits and the interior was well maintained. We enjoyed browsing around and the staff were friendly and helpful. Some of the exterior paintwork was in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Sydney, Australia
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent 2 hours here but really could have stayed much longer. Next visit will allow at least 4 hours. There was heaps we didn't get to see because we arrived later than expected.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum has some great exhibits and the interior was well maintained. We enjoyed browsing around and the staff were friendly and helpful. Some of the exterior paintwork was in poor condition.

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Canberra, Australia
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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent Canberra attraction. A wheelies delight, with hard floors, lots of accessible toilets and parking. 99% of the exhibits or attractions are accessible. Worth a visit.

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South-east Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to see the David Attenborough Virtual ReAlity Experience and was most impressed. What a wonderful way to experience the Great Barrier Reef! I was using the 360-degree view throughout the video, looking in all directions, and at times when I looked over my right shoulder there was the man himself sitting next to me. I had a slight... More 

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Launceston, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Displays would be nice to view without 10 million noisy uncontrolled school kids everywhere. I know they have a right to visit but improved teacher control for many would be nice! Overall very interesting and informative.

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Melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came to see the First Nations gallery and planned to stay 2 hours. The building itself drew us in. It is lovely and the location by the lake makes it very special. We were walking around the gallery and a friendly guy asked what we wanted to see. Wow. This was Ray, a visitor services officer. He gave us... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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265 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although not a huge complex the architecture of the building is stunning, the exhibits interesting and the view stunning, well worth a visit

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this place actually for one reason to see the Phar Lap heart. In fact, i enjoyed your time at the museum. A lot of information and histories about Australia. Often there are also special events and the cafe is good too. Highlymended when you are in Canberra

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Montville, Australia
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a well set out comprehensive social history museum. I loved the sensitive yet accurate portrayal of Indigenous history. Very moving display. Plenty for the kids to see, do and touch. Great outdoor area as well. Really helpful staff. Plenty of parking. Brilliant kids zone called Kspace where they can build their own robots and then play a game... More 

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Terrigal, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An unusual but very interesting museum on the lake at Acton which covers a big range of subjects from flora and fauna, the indigenous people and their ways, farming and its communiuty, the Holden motor company and even Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin. A generally free entry but some of the special exhibitions may have a fee. About to... More 

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