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  • 9am–5pm
  • Free general admission
  • Shop

Where to find us

Lawson Crescent
Acton Peninsula
Canberra ACT 2601

Opening hours

9am–5pm daily
Closed Christmas Day

General admission is free

Costs apply for some exhibitions and events. A $5 donation on arrival helps us deliver world-class exhibitions and programs.

Safety information

Welcome. We're asking everyone to observe safety measures to help keep us all safe. Please check the ACT's Covid-19 website before you visit and postpone if you are feeling unwell. Do not visit the National Museum if you are in quarantine or self-isolation.

Onsite safety measures

  • Increased cleaning regime
  • Hand sanitiser available throughout the Museum
  • Mask wearing encouraged
  • Occupancy limits monitored
  • Contactless payments preferred at our Shop and Cafe

Getting here

Lakeside path

Access to the Museum via road and paved pedestrian path remains unchanged after a fence was erected on the lakeside path. Media statement about asbestos on NCA land


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 Culture Loop bus has ceased.

Walk or cycle

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

Taxi or ride share

Pick-up is at the taxi zone sign under the loop, near our main entrance.



Pay parking

8.30am to 5pm weekdays, $3.60 per hour or $16.00 per day. Short-stay machines accept Visa, MasterCard and coins. More on parking, including an app.

Free parking

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

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. For more information see the NCA's parking FAQs.

Limited mobility

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.

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

Facilities for visitors

Information Desk

See the Information Desk inside the Museum entrance for:

  • tickets
  • audio tour device hire
  • cloaking large bags, umbrellas and other items
  • maps in English, Chinese, German and more.

Wi-fi is free at the the Museum.

Parents room

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.

Friends Lounge

Join Museum Friends for exclusive member access to our lakeside Friends Lounge. 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

See galleries, garden and public spaces, toilets and lifts across the Museum's two floors.

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