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If you want to make the most of your visit to the National Museum of Australia or you have limited time, guided tours are ideal. Each tour is personalised and run by a trained Visitor Services Host. Your host knows all about the Museum's exhibitions and can share engaging background information with you during your tour.

Or try our new audio self-guided tour called The Loop.

Audio self-guided tour

Take a self-guided tour with The Loop and delve into the Museum’s rich and diverse stories of Australia’s history, land and people.

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The Loop is the perfect way to discover our collection — from Aboriginal bark paintings, important historical vehicles, to relics of our convict, exploration and industrial past.

It offers a great introduction to the Museum and lets you uncover more information and fascinating stories about our objects.

To take The Loop tour, download the free app from Google Play or the App Store or hire a device from our Information Desk in the Main Hall. Ear buds are available for purchase.

Device hire:

  • $5 adult
  • $4 child
  • $4 per device for pre-booked group purchases of four or more
  • $2.75 ear buds alone
  • Friends free
Android available on Google Play
Available on the App Store

The Ultimate Museum Experience

Enjoy the ultimate Museum Experience with your choice of a guided tour, plus a meal and a glass of wine at our stunning waterfront cafe and a voucher to receive 10 per cent off purchases at the Museum Shop. The Museum Shop discount applies to full-priced items, single transaction only, and cannot be redeemed for cash.

Available daily

Tour times: 10am, 1pm and 3m

Museum Cafe: open 9am–5pm; 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


$35 per person (with a guided tour).


Available at the Museum or book online on the Eventbrite website.

Looking to treat someone special? Purchase the Ultimate Museum Experience as a gift.

Host talks



Enjoy a free ten-minute talk focusing on some of the highlights from the Museum's collections or the symbolism of the Garden of Australian Dreams. Ask at the Information desk on arrival for the talk topics and times for that day.

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

Museum highlights

Guided tour – fees apply

Daily: 10am and 1pm

This guided tour provides visitors with an overall impression of each of the Museum's exhibitions. It offers an excellent general introduction to the National Museum of Australia. Fees apply.

First Australians

Guided tour – fees apply

Daily at 3pm

This is a guided tour through the First Australians gallery. It provides an insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' history, cultures, spirituality and connections to country. The tour is designed to give you an insight into Australia's Indigenous history. Fees apply.

Open collections

Self-guided tour – free

Open for self-guided tours 15 minutes on the hour, 10am to 4pm daily

Open Collections is a part of the First Australians gallery that gives visitors a special 'behind the scenes' glimpse of more than 2000 objects from the National Museum of Australia's Indigenous collections. First Australians gallery. Free.

More on Open collections




Circa is a rotating theatre located at the entry to the National Museum of Australia's galleries. It provides visitors with a 16-minute audiovisual experience that takes them on a journey through Australia's past and introduces them to the National Museum's collections.

More on Circa

Cost of guided tours

Adult: $10

Concession: $8 (seniors, students, pensioner card holders)

Children: $5 (aged 5 to 16 years)

Family: $25 (2 adults and up to 4 children)

For more information or to discuss your specific requirements please telephone (02) 6208 5006.

Check our online Calendar regularly for the most up-to-date information on other activities and programs.