Canberra Museums

Canberra museums should be high on your list of things to see when you go to the capital of Australia.

There is quite a broad range of monuments, buildings of national significance and museums there, which attract many visitors.

Canberra is not only the capital city but also the cultural capital of Australia and its museums are among the best in this country.

They cover art, history, politics, science, technology, biology.

Some of the ones not to miss are:

The National Museum of Australia

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The museum tells the story of Australia, from its Aboriginal history to present day. Its collections of artifacts, tools and bark paintings reveal significant information about Aboriginal culture and life. The museum also captures important aspects of the country's history following European settlement. Attractive media feature stories of people or moments of typical suburban life.

To get more information and insights about the collections or exhibitions you can join a guided tour.

The musem is located on Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, just across the Commonwealth Park. See it here, on Canberra map.

It is open every day from 9 to 5, with the exception of Christmas day. The entry is free and there is plenty of parking around.

The Museum of Australian Democracy

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It is housed by the Old Parliament House, located at 18, King George Terrace, Parkes. There is a small entrance fee that allows you to join various guided tours.

With some tours you get to know more about the building and get an outline of the major events that happened there.

With others, you get more in-depth details, see some of the more private rooms and areas and hear various stories. You will get to know more about the Prime Ministers, and not just political stuff but stories about their lives.

You can plan your own tour if you pick an audio equipment and listen to explanations and more fascinating stories, shared by people who worked at the Parliamentary House.

The Canberra Museum and Gallery

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The gallery has a section dedicated to the history of Canberra, from its beginnings till today.

There are various national and international exhibitions.

It is in the Civic Square, London Circuit, next to the theatre.

It is closed on Mondays and public holidays. During weekdays you can visit from 10 to 5 and on weekends from 12 to 4. The entry is free.

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