Transport Canberra bus route 53 services the Museum on weekdays, weekends and public holidays. The bus stop is on Lennox Crossing, about 200 metres from our entrance
Your health and safety are our priority. In line with ACT government recommendations, walk-in visitors are asked to provide their first name and contact number. These details will only be used if contact tracing is required.
Landmarks, First Australians, Talking Blak, our Gandel Atrium, Shop, Cafe, Forecourt Garden and Endeavour Voyage exhibition are open. Although not mandatory in the ACT, front of house Museum staff are wearing masks as an extra safety measure.
Endeavour Voyage exhibition
Book a free, timed ticket for our landmark exhibition, Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians.
Tickets are timed to assist in social distancing. Visitors who arrive without a ticket will be welcomed into the exhibition when space permits.
Have you recently been in Victoria or a COVID-19 hotspot?
The ACT Government has issued Public Health Directions as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in Victoria. These measures include denying entry to Victorian residents and requiring travellers who have recently been in Victoria (including ACT residents) to undergo quarantine.
In addition, visitors who have recently been in NSW COVID-19 hotspots on certain dates will also be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date they were there. Further advice about these locations and dates is available on the NSW Government's website.
Since hotspots and isolation requirements are subject to change at short notice, you must check the latest developments on the ACT’s COVID-19 website before visiting the Museum.
For the health and safety of other visitors and our staff, please do not visit the Museum if you are required to be in quarantine or to self-isolate.
Onsite safety measures include:
- Staff interacting with visitors are wearing masks
- Social distancing signage encouraging visitors to stay 1.5m apart
- Hand sanitisers placed throughout the Museum
- Increased onsite cleaning regime
- Visitor number management in accordance with ACT regulations
- Visitor flow and queue management measures
- Contactless payments are preferred but cash is accepted in our Shop and Cafe
- Entry to Endeavour Voyage, Gandel Atrium, Shop and Cafe through the main entrance
- Entry to the First Australians gallery, Landmarks gallery and the Garden of Australian Dreams through the garden entry in our Forecourt Garden
- Exit through the Garden of Australian Dreams deck only.
We ask visitors not to bring large bags, coats, umbrellas or other items that may need cloaking. Our friendly Hosts are on hand to assist during your visit.
Please observe hygiene and social distancing measures and postpone your visit if you are feeling unwell.
All visitors are encouraged to consider the Australian Government’s Department of Health advice before coming to the Museum.
The Museum’s virtual reality experience, Kspace and some onsite school programs remain closed. Some of our spaces are closed for redevelopment.
Schools and public programs
Onsite school visits recommenced on 20 July 2020, with modified program options available for Term 3, 2020.
The Museum continues to deliver public and education programs online.
Please stay tuned to our website and social media channels for updates on all Museum news and COVID-19 related measures.
We thank you for your support and understanding.
Where to find us
National Museum of Australia
Canberra ACT 2601
General admission is free
Costs apply for some special exhibitions and events. A $5 donation on arrival enables us to continue delivering world-class exhibitions and programs.
Shared paths from the city and by Lake Burley Griffin. Bike parking is in the Forecourt Garden and near the lakeside entry
Pick-up is at the taxi zone sign under the loop, near our main entrance.
8.30am to 5pm weekdays, $3.30 per hour or $15 per day. Short-stay machines accept Visa, MasterCard and coins
Weekends and public holidays and always for limited mobility spaces and motorbikes
Monitored weekdays by the National Capital Authority. Check the short-stay and long-stay signs for details and contact the NCA if you receive a fine
Accessible parking spaces for visitors who have a mobility impairment and the required permit are available free of charge near our main entrance, under the loop. Coach bays 5 and 9 are suitable for coaches fitted with mobility access lifts, hoists or ramps
At Questacon, National Library and Old Parliament House car parks. Not valid at the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery or ACT Government car parks
Nine spaces marked ‘bus stop’ near the main entrance, with a set-down and pick-up zone near the red fire-hydrant boosters, and overflow parking on Lawson Crescent
In the long stay zone near the car park entry
Facilities for visitors
See the Information Desk inside the Museum entrance for:
- maps in English, Chinese, German and more.
Wi-fi is free at the the Museum.
Includes a toilet, change table and microwave. Breastfeeding is welcome in the Museum.
Photography for personal use is allowed in our galleries, except in temporary exhibitions or where signs request no photography.
Join Museum Friends for exclusive member access to our lakeside Friends Lounge. Other benefits include discounts at the Museum Shop and Museum Cafe.
The Museum's multi-faith room is temporarily unavailable.