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Canberra Sights

National Museum of Australia

  • Lennox Crossing Map It
  • Acton
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 01/16/2014

Fodor's Review

This unstuffy museum is spectacularly set on Acton Peninsula, thrust out over the calm waters of Lake Burley Griffin. The museum highlights the stories of Australia and Australians by exploring the key people, events, and issues that shaped and influenced the nation. Memorabilia include a carcass of the extinct Tasmanian tiger, the old Bentley beloved by former Prime Minister Robert Menzies, and the black baby garments worn by dingo victim Azaria Chamberlain (whose story was made famous in the Meryl Streep film A Cry in the Dark). Circa, a 12-minute movie, gives a fascinating snapshot of Australian history and should be your first port of call. Children love the KSpace display, an exhibit where they can use computers and 3D technology to design a space-age city of the future. The highlights tand First Australians tours cost A$10 each, while a tour package that includes a meal and a glass of wine in the restaurant is A$30.

Sight Information


Lennox Crossing, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 2601, Australia

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02-6208–5000; 1800-026–132


Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 9–5

Updated 01/16/2014


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