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The National Museum of Australia is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Read more in our coronavirus statement

  • Closed
  • Free general admission

Join Museum Friends to receive exclusive benefits, from as little as $45 a year.

Where to find us

Friends Lounge
Lawson Cres, Acton Peninsula
Canberra ACT 2601

Membership enquiries

9.30am – 4.30pm weekdays
Phone +61 2 6208 5108


Phone +61 2 6208 5021

New members

Join Museum Friends for exclusive benefits including discounts at our Shop and Cafe.

Join Museum Friends

Existing members

Renew your Friends membership or update your contact details.

Museum Friends login

Membership benefits


  • 10% off at the Museum Shop and the Museum Cafe
  • Discounted entry to major exhibitions

Exclusive offers

  • Exhibition previews and behind-the-scenes tours
  • Events including Book Club and Object Club


  • Access to our Friends lakeside lounge
  • Access to Museum highlights tours
  • The Museum magazine (one per membership)
  • Regular Friends updates and other special offers

Additional members

  • Add up to five additional people to your membership
  • $15 for each extra adult
  • $5 for each extra child

Mkids offers

  • Mkids 3 to 12 years free or discounted entry to exhibitions and school holiday activities

Museum Friends Car Club

  • Get up close and personal with the Museum's historic car collection
  • Exclusive to Museum Friends
  • Members opt in for $15 a year

More on the Museum Friends Car Club

Reciprocal benefits

Australian Museum

  • Free general admission for members residing outside NSW
  • 10% discount at the shop and rooftop cafe
  • Access to the members lounge

Australian National Maritime Museum

  • Free or discounted entry to major ticketed exhibitions
  • 10% discount at the shop and cafe
  • Access to the members lounge with complimentary refreshments

Powerhouse Museum

  • Free general admission
  • Access to the members lounge with complimentary refreshments

Museum of Tropical Queensland

  • 10% discount on general entry
  • 10% discount in museum shop

Museums Victoria

  • Free general admission to Museums Victoria Museums including: Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum, Scienceworks (excluding touring exhibitions), IMAX Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Building events, Melbourne Planetarium and Lightning Room.
  • Offer only available to members residing outside Victoria

Art Gallery of Western Australia

  • Access to members lounge

South Australian Museum

  • 50% off major ticketed exhibitions
  • 10% discount at shop and cafe
  • Offer only available to members residing outside SA

Present your Museum Friends card to receive these reciprocal benefits.

Individual and group memberships

Take advantage of all of our member benefits and add additional members as you build your own membership group.

Cost: $45 for individual membership

You can then add:

  • $15 per additional adult
  • $5 per additional child (3–16 years only)

Memberships are paid annually.

Mkids – for children 3 to 12

Exclusively for children in membership groups. Free entry to exhibitions and discounted school holiday activities.

Cost: $5

Gift membership

Are you searching for a unique gift for a special occasion? Share our passion for history and heritage with an individual or group gift membership.

To purchase please phone +61 2 6208 5108 (business hours) or email

Terms and conditions

  • Friends membership is valid until the expiry date printed on your membership card
  • Membership is not transferable or refundable
  • Member benefits apply only to the people listed on your membership
  • You must produce your membership card to obtain the benefit
  • Member prices, events, benefits, reciprocal arrangements and terms are subject to change at the Museum’s discretion
  • It is your responsibility to notify the Museum of any change of address or contact information
  • If your card is lost or stolen, please notify us as soon as possible to organise a replacement card
  • The Museum has no control over the reciprocal benefits offered by other museums and galleries, or special offers made by our external partners. The Museum is not responsible for any changes to benefits or offers made by those organisations.

Update or renew your membership

Existing Museum Friends can renew or update a membership by:

  • visiting the Friends Lounge 9.30am – 4.30pm weekdays
  • Phone +61 2 6208 5108
  • Email
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