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 a COVID-19 hotspot?
COVID-19 is highly contagious and can spread very quickly. We urge anyone from COVID-affected areas to reconsider their travel to the ACT.
Since hotspots and isolation requirements can change at short notice, you must check the latest developments and advice 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 self-isolation.
Onsite safety measures include:
- Social distancing signage encouraging visitors to stay 1.5m apart
- Hand sanitisers throughout the Museum
- Increased onsite cleaning regime
- Visitor number management in accordance with ACT regulations
- Visitor flow and queue management measures
- Some staff who interact with visitors choosing to wear masks
- Contactless payments are preferred but cash is accepted in our Shop and Cafe
- Access to Endeavour Voyage, Gandel Atrium, Shop, Cafe, Landmarks, First Australians and the Garden of Australian Dreams through the main entrance
- 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.
Schools and public programs
Onsite school visits are available, with a limited offering in Term 4 2020.
The Museum continues to deliver public and education programs online.
The Museum’s virtual reality experience and Kspace are closed. Teacher-guided visits and some onsite school programs are not available. Some of our spaces are closed for redevelopment.
Please check 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. An app is also available.
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 with 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.