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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

Where to find us

National Museum of Australia
Lawson Crescent
Acton Peninsula
Canberra ACT 2601

Contact details

Freecall: 1800 026 132
Phone: +61 2 6208 5000

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.

The entrance to the National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia has temporarily closed its doors to the public, from midday Monday 23 March until further notice. Please read our statement regarding coronovirus for more information.

Our location

Getting here

Local bus

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

Walk or cycle

Shared paths from the city and by Lake Burley Griffin. Bike parking is in the Forecourt Garden and near the lakeside entry

Taxi or ride share

Pickup is at the taxi zone sign under the loop, near our main entrance: Canberra Elite | Cabxpress | Uber Canberra


Pay parking

8.30am to 5pm weekdays, $3.10 per hour or $14.50 per day. Short-stay machines accept Visa, MasterCard and coins

Free parking

Weekends and public holidays and always for limited mobility spaces and motorbikes

Car park map
Length of stay

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

Limited mobility

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

Reuse your ticket

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

Coach parking

For schools and groups

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

Mini-bus parking

In the long stay zone near the car park entry

Gallery development

The National Museum is undergoing some exciting new changes as we work to build a bigger and better Museum experience for our visitors.

Facilities for visitors

Information Desk

See the Information Desk inside the Museum entrance for:

  • tickets and tours, what’s on and special offers
  • free wheelchair, scooter and stroller hire
  • maps in English, Chinese, German and more
  • storing bags, umbrellas, baby backpacks or items larger than 30 cms
Wi-fi & ATM

Wi-fi is free at the the Museum, as is the mobile recharge station in our Museum Cafe. There is an ATM in the Gandel Atrium

Parents room

Includes a toilet, change table and microwave. Breastfeeding is welcome in all areas of the Museum. Strollers for babies and young children up to 17kg are available for free hire from the Information Desk


Photography for personal use is allowed in our galleries, except in temporary exhibitions or where signs request no photography

Friends Lounge

Join Museum Friends for exclusive member access to our lakeside Friends Lounge, with free refreshments and wi-fi. Other benefits include discounts at the Museum Shop and Museum Cafe

Faith room

The Museum's multi-faith room is a quiet space for reflection, prayer, meditation or to use with a stress management plan.

This space is available for all people regardless of sex, age, disability, gender, religious belief or race. Near our exhibition galleries, there is a mobility access lift, and it is close to bathroom facilities. Please ask a visitor host for more information

Museum map

Floor plan

Find exhibitions on show in our galleries, public spaces, toilets and lifts across our three levels

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