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Tourism Marketing Coordinator
Tel +61 2 6208 5115

Aerial view of the Museum on Acton Peninsula.


The best way to see and experience the National Museum of Australia is to take a guided tour.

Our guides are highly knowledgeable about the Museum and can explain the history and stories behind the objects on display – they bring the objects to life. If your guests have a particular interest or question, our guides are there to help. They provide interpretive tours, designed to enhance the visitor experience and facilitate questions and conversations on subjects of interest.

The Ultimate Museum Experience

Enjoy the exclusive Ultimate Museum Experience with:

  • a meet and greet service
  • refreshments in the Museum's Friends Lounge
  • a personalised tour of the Museum with a dedicated Visitor Services Host
  • a meal and a glass of wine in our stunning waterfront Museum Cafe
  • a voucher for 10% off purchases at the Museum Shop*

Available daily, 10am, 1pm and 3pm or on request


$50 per person
Rate valid until 31 March 2017 


Available at the Museum or book online through the Eventbrite website (booking fees apply). 

Museum Cafe: open 9am to 4.45pm; lunch is available on weekdays until 2.30pm; brunch and lunch are available on weekends and public holidays until 2.30pm; a wide selection of freshly made cakes, hot beverages and drinks are available all day.

Museum Shop: open weekdays 10am to 5pm; weekends/public holidays 9am to 5pm. * The Museum Shop discount applies to full-priced items, single transaction only, and cannot be redeemed for cash.

Museum highlights tour

Daily at 10am and 1pm

This guided tour provides visitors with an overall impression of each of the Museum's five galleries:

  • Old New Land
  • Eternity
  • Journeys
  • Landmarks
  • First Australians

It offers an excellent general introduction to the National Museum of Australia.

Private group tours by appointment include: specialist subjects, the building's architecture, Indigenous Australians, people and the environment, histories of the nation.

A host with a group of visitors.
A host with visitors in the Garden of Australian Dreams. Photo: Lannon Harley.

First Australians tour

Daily at 3pm

This guided tour through the First Australians gallery provides insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' histories, cultures, spirituality and connections to country. (See First Australians gallery)

Open Collections.
Open Collections. Photo: George Serras.

Language availability

Guided tours are available in the following languages:

Arabic Cantonese Dari Farsi
French Greek Hindi Lao
Mandarin Ndebele Punjabi Shona Zulu
Swedish Tagalog Thai Urdu

Please allow at least three weeks to book a tour in these languages, as the tours are reliant on staff availability. Please be aware that in some cases, availability of multi-lingual staff is limited.

Museum hosts holding a photo of Martumili Ngurra.
Museum hosts holding a photo of Martumili Ngurra (2009), a painting by Kumpaya Girgaba, Jakayu Biljabu, Ngamaru Bidu, Thelma Judson , Nola Taylor and Jane Girgaba Jane Girgaba, Martumili Artists. Photo: Jason McCarthy.


The Museum offers a wide range of events including lecture series, performances, talks by curators and conservators, and more.

Visit the Museum's Calendar to find out what's on.

Contact the Tourism Marketing Coordinator for inquiries about events.


The Museum Shop has a great range of gifts, a comprehensive collection of Australian books, Museum-quality gifts and crafts, museum and children’s items. And, there is often a themed exhibition shop alongside major exhibitions.

We can offer merchandise at a wholesale rate to package with a guided tour or exhibition entry. We can put together a list of items specific to your needs.

Please contact us for details.

Various gifts available at the Museum Shop.