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The Best Museums to Visit In Canberra

Do you want to find a fun way to keep yourself or your family entertained while visiting the Nation’s Capital? Well, you’re in luck! Canberra is home to some of the best museums the country has to offer.

National Museum of Australia
National Museum of Australia

There is no reason for you to be bored while visiting Canberra. Why not try and visit one of the museums below. Canberra is home to an abundance of National history treasures and the art is world class. Many are family friendly too, so you’ll definitely find something to entertain everyone – young and old. 

Australian War Memorial
Australian War Memorial
Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial honours Australians throughout history that have fought to protect our land. It honours many who have lost their lives, as well as those still serving today. In fact, there are over 120, 000 names on the Australian Roll of Honour and people visit it every day. The Australian War Memorial is a place that will enhance your understanding of Australia’s history and one worth visiting with your family as well. 

Treloar Crescent, Campbell 

National Museum of Australia
National Museum of Australia
National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia is home to some of the most unique artefacts. Located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin you can explore the museum, which hosts many opportunities to interact with the treasures. Or you can join one of their daily tours instead. Bonus: Kspace is the Museum’s new interactive kids adventure game so we promise the kids won’t be bored!

Lawson Crescent, Acton

Questacon
Questacon
Questacon

Do you love science? Do you have kids? Or maybe you’re just a big kid at heart? Then popping a visit to Questacon on your itinerary definitely won’t disappoint. It is Canberra’s interactive home to interactive science/technology play. Meaning kids will not only be entertained, but also educated on the ins and outs of the world… for hours (which is a parent’s dream). Ps. If you are planning on travelling during school holidays don’t forget to book ahead!

King Edward Terrace, Parkes


Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Located in the National Heritage listed Old Parliament House, a trip to the Museum of Australian Democracy was made for the political buffs. You can book a general museum pass and work your way through with a guide or explore and learn about the history of Old Parliament House at your own pace. And if you want to learn more post visit? Make sure you jump on their website as due to current restrictions they’ve now made it easy for people to access some of their exhibitions online. 

18 King George Terrace, Parkes 

National Dinosaur Museum
National Dinosaur Museum
National Dinosaur Museum

A great museum to visit with the whole family and anybody dinosaur obsessed! The National Dinosaur Museum is home to the biggest collection of interactive dinosaurs in Australia. From the giant T. Rex sitting out the front, to the smaller dinosaurs waiting for you to visit inside, your kids will love them. There’s even a small play area filled with a whole bunch of fun pre-historic activities that will keep your kids entertained. And don’t forget to visit the gift shop on your way out to pick up a tiny memento. 

6 Gold Creek Road, Nicholls

Canberra Glassworks
Canberra Glassworks
Canberra Glassworks

This is a modern arts centre dedicated to all things glass art, craft and design. Open from Wednesday through to Sunday there are different things to do, see and eat most days. You can watch glass artists do some of their incredible work. Or plan a trip to scout out the markets on the weekend. You can even book in to do some introductory glass work yourself! It’s a unique building and will provide a super unique experience.

11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston

National Gallery of Australia

Are you an art lover? The National Gallery is home to world-class art exhibitions and visual displays unlike anywhere else. Not to mention the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection which is the only place you’ll ever see it. Honestly, the National Gallery of Australia is perfect for slow Canberra days and worth getting lost in. 

Parkes Place East, Parkes 

National Portrait Gallery
National Portrait Gallery
National Portrait Gallery

This gallery is the place get up and personal with some of Australia’s well known faces. Politicians, artists, musicians, athletes and even royalty. It pays homage to all! This is the museum where you’ll learn about people’s incredible life stories and find out more about people who have made a mark in Australia’s history. It’s a jumble of creativity and culture in one, and definitely worth a visit.

King Edward Terrace, Parkes


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