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Aerial view of the Museum on Acton Peninsula.

The National Museum of Australia is where our stories come alive

It is the place to get to know the real, the treasured, the surprising, and the inspirational objects from Australian history. It is a place that celebrates Australia’s people and culture of storytelling.

Introduction to the Museum video


Our galleries

Big objects

Visitors enter the Museum through a magnificent main hall featuring treasured large objects from our collection. It includes our display of the Paddle Steamer Enterprise, moored just outside the hall on Lake Burley Griffin.

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Circa is a multimedia experience for all ages, presented in a rotating theatre. Striking images of objects from the Museum’s collection — together with light, sound and music — help to tell the story of Australia’s history from deep time to the present.

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The Eternity gallery brings to life the personal stories of ordinary and extraordinary Australians.

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First Australians

The First Australians gallery is located over two levels and traces the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their spirituality, diversity, identities and survival.

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Open Collections

Kenya windmill. Photo: Ben Lynes.

Open Collections takes you behind the scenes to view more than 2000 objects from the Museum’s Indigenous collections, including many artefacts not often seen by the public.

Open every day for 15 minutes on the hour, 10am to 4pm.

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The Journeys gallery explores the fascinating journeys of people and objects that connect Australia to the world.

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The Landmarks gallery is located over two levels and features more than 1500 objects. It explores Australian history since European settlement, through stories of Australian places across the continent.

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Old New Land

The Old New Land gallery examines Australia’s diverse and unique species and environments by exploring how people have responded and adapted to the land over time.

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Kspace is the Museum’s new interactive adventure game for kids. Build your own time-travelling robot then blast off to explore a mystery location in Australia’s past. Open daily to school groups and general visitors at specified times. Plan your visit by checking our session times and booking requirements.

The Museum building

The Museum was designed by architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan who won an international design competition in 1997. The building's non-traditional, post-modern structure reflects the diversity of the Museum's collection. A large internal courtyard, The Garden of Australian Dreams, includes a stylised map of a slice of central Australia - one step is the equivalent of 100 kilometres.

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Opening hours

9am to 5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)

Museum cafe - outdoor seating overlooking Lake Burley Griffin
The Museum Cafe overlooking Lake Burley Griffin.


  • Free general admission to the permanent galleries
  • Fees apply for tours, some exhibitions and events (wholesale rates available for trade)

To arrange an agent familiarisation please contact the Tourism Marketing Coordinator.


  • Brand new waterfront cafe, overlooking the beautiful Lake Burley Griffin
  • Museum Shop with a great range of gifts, a comprehensive collection of Australian books, museum-quality arts and crafts, music and children's items
  • Free wi-fi throughhout the Museum, including the cafe


The Museum is located on Lawson Crescent on Acton Peninsula in Cannberra.

Map with directions to the National Museum of Australia

Google map indicating the location of the National Museum of Australia on Acton Peninsula

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National Museum of Australia
Lawson Crescent
Acton Peninsula
Canberra ACT 2601

On arrival

Tour meeting point

All tours depart from the Information Hub just inside the main entry to the Museum. Visitor Services Hosts will assist group members to check-in items to the cloak room.


Items where any one side is larger than 30cm such as bags, backpacks, umbrellas, baby backpack carriers, tripods and monopods are not permitted in the exhibition areas. Free storage is available in the Hall cloakroom.


Photography is permitted in permanent galleries for private purposes only, using hand-held equipment. Photography and filming of objects on loan and temporary exhibitions is not allowed. Labels state whether an object is from the National Museum of Australia's collection or elsewhere.

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