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Events at the National Museum of Australia


Enjoying one of the best locations in Canberra, on the beautiful Acton Peninsula, the National Museum of Australia is a venue with a difference.


Opened in 2001, the Museum boasts stunning architecture and magnificent mountain, lakeside and city views. Sweeping decks, expansive windows and imposing indoor and outdoor spaces make the Museum a highly versatile and dynamic function venue for any occasion.

Waterfront dining – indoors or out on the deck – combines delicious cuisine with spectacular views over Lake Burley Griffin.

Cocktail party in the Hall.
Cocktail party in the Hall. Photo: Chapman Images.

The Museum's Hall provides a stunning entertaining space that requires minimal event theming.

Guests can enjoy the unique experience of mingling among grand-scale treasures from the Museum’s collection, including a vintage Citroen tourer, a 1930s monoplane, a Tasmanian bark canoe, a 1905 steam engine and a 200-year-old coach. High ceilings, curved walls and customised lighting add to the drama of the space.

At the heart of the Museum is the Garden of Australian Dreams, a symbolic landscape exploring ideas of ‘place’ and ‘country’. This enclosed outdoor area, with its water features and creative landscaping and lighting effects, makes the perfect setting for any event under the stars.

Unique corporate gifts

Corporate gifts to complement a special event or occasion can be pre-purchased from the Museum Shop. Here you’ll find a variety of Australian-made gifts and an exclusive range of National Museum products. After-hours access to the Museum Shop for your guests can be arranged by request.

Private tours

Private tours of the Museum’s galleries and exclusive exhibition viewings before, during or after your event can also be arranged. What better way for your guests to discover the treasured, surprising and inspirational objects from Australia’s history.

Convention function areas




Theatre Banquet Banquet/Dance Cocktail Area (m2)
The Hall 500 300 250 1000 704
The Bay Window 50 30 150 100
The Museum Cafe 80 60 200 200
Friends Lounge 25 100
Amphitheatre 1600
Garden of Australian Dreams 1500 5500
Visions Theatre 177
Cocktail party in the Hall.
Cocktail party in the Hall. Photo: Chapman Images.


Phone: (02) 6208 5191