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Location and parking




The National Museum of Australia is on Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Canberra. Open 9am to 5pm daily, closed Christmas Day.

Freecall 1800 026 132 or phone +61 2 6208 5000


Getting here

We are a short drive south-west of the city, on Acton Peninsula, by Lake Burley Griffin.

Bus: ACTION runs tourist route 81/891 to the National Museum, along with route 7 on weekdays and route 934 on weekends. The bus stop is on Lennox Crossing, about 200 metres from our entrance.

The free city loop bus, route 101, stops about 15 minutes’ walk away from the Museum at New Acton. Canberra Day Tours also offers a service to tourist attractions.

Walk or cycle: On shared cycling and walking paths from the city and by Lake Burley Griffin. There are bike racks near our main entrance.

Taxi and ride share: Pickup is at the taxi zone sign under the loop, near the main entrance.
Canberra Elite, phone 13 22 27  |  Cabxpress, phone 1300 222 977  | Uber Canberra

Car parking

Pay parking: $2.50 per hour or $12 per day applies 8.30am to 5pm weekdays. Ticketing machines in the short-stay area take Visa and MasterCard and coins. Banknotes are not accepted. Change is available at the Information Desk in our Hall.

Overflow parking: If the Museum car park is full, you may wish to park:

  • on Lawson Crescent adjacent to the Museum
  • in Civic or New Acton and either walk or catch a bus to the Museum
  • at a pay as you go visitor carpark at the Australian National University (ANU), near the RG Menzies Building, on McDonald Place, off Fellows Road. This is a 15-minute walk along Liversidge Street and Lennox Crossing to the Museum. Download thepdfCellopark instructions (PDF 423kb) for these ANU car parks.

Free parking: weekends and public holidays and always for motorbikes and accessibility parking spaces.

Museum car park map: pdfDetailed map of the Museum’s car park (PDF 353kb)

Use your ticket elsewhere: Our car park is run by the National Capital Authority. Tickets bought here can be used at NCA car parks in the Parliamentary Triangle, including Questacon and Old Parliament House. They are not valid at the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery or in ACT Government car parks.

Length of visit: Pay parking is enforced by the National Capital Authority. Please contact the National Capital Authority if you feel you are due a refund on a parking fine.

Coach parking

The Museum has nine coach parking places marked 'bus stop' near the main entrance. There is a dedicated set-down and pick-up zone near the red fire-hydrant boosters. Overflow parking is available on Lawson Crescent.

pdfMap showing coach parking and route to overflow parking (PDF 322kb)

Disability access: Coach bays 5 and 9 are suitable for coaches fitted with mobility access ramps.

Mini-buses: There are free-of-charge spaces in the main car park close to our entrance.

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