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
The National Museum of Australia re-opened its doors on Tuesday 2 June 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions eased. Our Endeavour Voyage exhibition, Gandel Atrium, Forecourt Garden, Shop and Cafe are open. Your health and safety are our priority.
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.
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.
Victorian hotspot quarantine
The ACT Government has issued new 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.
Given that the requirements are subject to change at short notice, visitors must check the latest developments before visiting the Museum on the ACT’s Covid-19 website.
On-site changes include:
- Social distancing signage encouraging visitors to stay 1.5m apart
- Hand sanitisers placed throughout the Museum
- Increased on-site cleaning regime
- Visitor number management in accordance with ACT regulations
- Visitor flow and queue management measures
- A ‘no-touch’ approach to exhibits and digital screens
- Contactless payments are preferred but cash is accepted in our Shop and Cafe
- Entry through the main entrance only
- 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 welcome you back and 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.
Due to ongoing redevelopment, our permanent galleries remain closed for now. The Museum's virtual reality experience, Kspace and on-site school visits are also closed.
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, $3.10 per hour or $14.50 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.