National Museum of Australia

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The National Museum of Australia in Canberra explores the social history of Australia, including Indigenous histories and cultures, European settlement, and our interaction with the environment. The museum is a fun and educational place for children and adults.

Activities include:

  • Viewing a variety of temporary and long term exhibitions showcasing Australian social history, represented by more than 200,000 objects
  • Interactive iPad museum game designed for students
  • Discovery Space program that allows you to engage with exhibitions by creating your own innovative take home piece or contribute to collaborative activities
  • Themed workshops with practising artists and experts

Age suitability

All ages


Enough to do and see for a half day.


The museum is set up for disabled access to all areas, including ramps, lifts and toilets. Trained and registered guide dogs are permitted.

Parking is available with a 4-hour limit, including disabled parking and parking areas for caravans, motorhomes, campervans and trailers. A bus service operates most days, and there are walking and cycling tracks to the museum.


  • Fully equipped parenting room with private seating, changing and washing facilities and microwave.
  • Free strollers and wheelchairs are available for loan
  • Disabled toilets with baby change tables
  • Lifts for easy access to different floors
  • Guided tours
  • School education programs
  • Museum shop and cafe


General admission to the National Museum of Australia and permanent galleries is free. Some national and international temporary exhibitions and some special programs have a charge.

Opening hours

Open 9am–5pm daily, closed Christmas Day.


Contact details

Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula

Canberra, ACT 2601

Freecall 1800 026 132

02 6208 5000


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Date Created: November 16, 2012