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  • Open today 9am–5pm
  • Free general admission
Total price of outputs: $34.263m Actual price of outputs: $39.678m
Departmental appropriations: $31.521m Actual appropriations: $34.830m
Revenue from other sources: $2.742m Actual revenue from other sources: $4.848m
Performance indicator Achievements

70% of all visitors satisfied or better

80% of school visits satisfied that schools programs meet core curriculum requirements

800,000 visitors or users of programs
400,000 unique visits to the website

$34.263m ($42.83 per visitor)

93% of visitors recorded they were satisfied or very satisfied with their visit

95% of schools visiting the Museum were satisfied that the schools programs met core curriculum requirements

820,000 visitors and users in 2003-2004
480,000 individual sessions to website in 2003-2004

$39.678m ($48.39 per visitor)


  • permanent galleries enhanced through an extensive program of object changeovers
  • eight Museum exhibitions shown in Canberra and throughout Australia
  • major temporary exhibition Extremes progressed from concept stage to development
  • Museum research enhanced through partnerships in 13 Australian Research Council grants
  • public programs increased in popularity with many events sold out
  • schools outreach programs extended, including successful collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution for Talkback Classroom
  • outreach and revenue enhanced through the sale of 14,500 copies of Museum publications
  • Museum Law web page launched, providing a resource for all cultural institutions
  • six live events were webcast from the Museum's Studio
  • more than 2000 members attended Friends programs


The Museum's exhibitions and programs aim to create awareness and understanding of Australia's history and cultures, stimulate thought and encourage informed discussion about the broader issues of historical significance. They employ the best educational and communication techniques and reflect the highest standards of historical accuracy and scholarship. They also aim to cater for diverse audiences with different learning styles, needs and interests.