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Tours and apps



Take a guided tour of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, with one of our hosts or try a self-guided tour or app. We welcome group bookings and offer tours in various languages. Tel +61 2 6208 5021 weekdays or email


Download our free apps before your visit or hire a device at our Information Desk.

Rome Audio Tours

Take our free self-guided Rome Audio Tour narrated by ABC broadcaster and history enthusiast Richard Fidler.

Our free Rome Audio Tour for Kids is a fun series of storytelling adventures with two teenage flies on the wall.

Download the Museum’s app, The Loop, via Google Play or the App Store.

Android available on Google Play Available on the App Store

Accessible versions are available through Conexu Foundation’s OpenAccess Tours app.

More on Rome: City and Empire

Museum Favourites audio tour in English and Mandarin is also available from The Loop app.

Kspace AR Trail allows kids to play with characters from our Kspace games, anytime, anywhere (iOS 7.0/Android 5.0 or later)

Android available on Google Play Available on the App Store

The ultimate Museum experience

Enjoy the ultimate experience at the National Museum, with:

  • A one hour highlights tour of the Museum – customised to suit a visitor's interests, and with a dedicated Visitors Services Host. Tour times 10am and 1pm.
  • A main course meal with a glass of wine in our stunning waterfront Museum Cafe
  • A $20 shopping voucher for the Museum Shop*

Cost: $60 per person

* Valid  to 31 March 2019. The Museum Shop voucher applies to full-priced items, single transaction only, and cannot be redeemed for cash.

The Garden of Australian Dreams.

Guided tours

The best way to see and experience the National Museum is to take a guided tour. Our highly knowledgeable guides bring treasured objects to life by explaining the history and stories behind them. Guided tours in languages other than English are available by request. The Museum also provides private customised tours by appointment.

Museum highlights tour

Daily | 10–11am and 1–2pm

This guided tour provides an excellent introduction to the Museum, exploring highlights from our permanent galleries. Meet at the Information Desk.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $10 child (5+), $40 family (2 adults, 2 children), Friends full members free

First Australians tour

Daily | 3pm 

Learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their history, culture and connection to country. Meet at the Information Desk.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $10 child (5+), $40 family (2 adults, 2 children), free Friends full members

Indigenous objects on display in a Museum gallery

Host talks

Enjoy a free 10-minute talk on highlights from the Museum’s collection or the symbolism of the Garden of Australian Dreams. Topics and times at the Information Desk.

Open Collections

Open Collections self-guided tour | 15 minutes on the hour | 10am to 4pm daily

Open Collections in our First Australians gallery gives visitors a special ‘behind the scenes’ look at more than 2000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects in our collection.

Tourism rates and sales

We offer wholesale rates for guided tours, exhibitions and select merchandise at a discounted rate to tourism and tour operators.

Rates and sales inquiries

Tourism Development Coordinator
Tel +61 2 6208 5405

Check our calendar for the most up-to-date information on our activities.