National Museum of Australia, Canberra

#5 of 30 in Museums in Canberra
Architectural Building · History Museum
National Museum of Australia features interactive exhibits and groups of items divided by concept rather than era. The museum profiles 50,000 years of indigenous heritage, early European settlements, and modern events, such as the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The world's largest collection of aboriginal bark paintings and stone tools is on display. Other popular displays include the heart of champion racehorse Phar Lap and the Holden Prototype Number 1 car. Spend a rainy day here learning about the country's history, recent developments, and subjects unique to Australia, such as surf lifesaving and bushrangers. Put National Museum of Australia and other Canberra attractions into our Canberra travel itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
Create an itinerary including National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.0
2,015 reviews
  • Average experience. Only saw the two galleries which had little structure or story to them, didn’t seem to be much else. Cafe was nice in a perfect location.  more »
  • Came here from Melbourne to see Pharlaps heart and the Azaria Chamberlain car/clothes. A little dissapointed that this is quite far from the Canberra's city center, and the only way to get here is by....  more »
  • I suggest visitors take a torch as some exhibits are poorly lit. Many of the information boards are way too low to read, requiring the visitor to bow or kneel so as the information is anything close to eye level. Too many exhibits belong in an art gallery and not a museum. More emphasis needs to place on the financial benefits many of the exhibits made and continue to make for Australia. Overall a pleasing visit.
  • Such a great experience.... a highly recommend place and a must see venue The place is very well organized and maintained. It is free for General admission but you have to pay for some special events and exhibitions Its a great place for the whole family, a special place from little kids to do some activities (dress up, coloring and playing with blocks) I highly recommend this place and hope that you will enjoy it as well

Plan your trip to Canberra

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.