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  • Open today 9am–5pm
  • Free general admission
Does it cost to enter?

No, our permanent exhibition galleries are free and open every day except Christmas Day. Costs apply for some special exhibitions and events.

What’s the best way to get to the Museum?

We suggest coming by bus, ride share, bike or on foot, especially during peak periods. It’s about a 30 min walk from the city, and a 200 metre walk from the Action bus stop on Lennox Crossing.

What can I do today?

See What’s on for all exhibitions, events, tours and experiences at the Museum.

What should I see if I’m short on time?

Ask a host at the Information Desk for ideas or take our hour-long Highlights tour, daily at 10am and 1pm. See our Highlights for young historians guide for one- and two-hour trail options designed for families.

We also have a self-guided Museum Favourites audio tour in English and Mandarin, via our app, The Loop. Download before you visit, use our free wi-fi or hire a device at our Information Desk.

Where can I learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history?

First Australians is our largest gallery, with stories of diversity and connections, the strength and continuity of identities, and the central nature of spirituality in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Visit level one for a welcome to country.

Who designed the building and what does it mean?

The Museum was designed by architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan and opened at Acton in 2001.

Visitors enter under a gigantic sculptural loop linking Canberra to Uluru, before entering the Gandel Atrium, a great light and open space with a ceiling like a huge rope knot seen from the inside. It is a metaphor for the strands that tie Australians together as a nation, the weaving together of lives and stories. More on our building

Where is Phar Lap’s heart?

The large heart of champion racehorse Phar Lap is in our Landmarks gallery on the lower ground floor.

What can I bring into the Museum?

Small bags under 30 cm, prams and wheelchairs. Food, drink, umbrellas and bags that can’t fit in a 30cm box can’t be taken into our exhibitions, but we have a free cloakroom.

Can I take photos?

Photography for personal use is allowed in our galleries, except in temporary exhibitions or where signs request no photography.

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