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Big changes to come
When you visit the Museum during 2012, you will notice some changes.
We have developed a spectacular new display of some of the large objects in our collection, including treasured vehicles, in a new display in the Hall.
In early 2012, building works kicked off on a beautiful new cafe overlooking the lake. We also began work on the administration area and relocated the Friends Lounge to the ground floor.
Every gallery and public space will remain open during the building works. There will be plenty to see and do at the Museum, including exhibitions, programs and events.
The Museum Cafe
Our beautiful new lakefront cafe is now open!
The new Museum Cafe offers waterfront dining – indoors or out on the deck – serving delicious food complemented with spectacular views over Lake Burley Griffin.
Find out more about food and shopping at the National Museum.
Now open – new display in the Hall
We have completed the spectacular new display in the Hall featuring some of the large objects in our collection.
You can discover the stories behind the objects, why they were collected and how they are cared for. Highlights include:
- the remarkable ‘Saw Doctor’s’ wagon
- a 1905 steam engine
- a 1930s monoplane
- one of Australia’s oldest surviving horsedrawn coaches
- a vintage Citroën tourer that was the first car driven around Australia.
Framed by the beautiful views of Lake Burley Griffin, these new exhibits will transform the light-filled hall into a vibrant gallery space.
Why is the Museum making these changes?
The National Museum is undertaking a program of Museum development to continue to celebrate our people and our culture of storytelling in new and surprising ways.
The development will ensure that new and rarely seen objects from the collection can be displayed and provide new experiences for our visitors.