No, our permanent exhibition galleries are free and open every day except Christmas Day. Costs apply for some special exhibitions and events.
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.
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.
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
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.
Photography for personal use is allowed in our galleries, except in temporary exhibitions or where signs request no photography.