Australian War Memorial

"Australian War Memorial - Go! You won't be disappointed!"

This is probably the best museum in Canberra and so a must do for your visit to Canberra. What makes it so good is the way the material is presented. Lots of visual stimulus rather than lots of reading.

You get a real understanding of war and you get to pay your respects for the thousands of Australians that died at war.

Getting To The Australian War Memorial

You'll find the museum at the top of Anzac Parade in Canberra. It's certainly well signposted as you get closer.

The actual street address is Treloar Crescent.

There is plenty of free parking and its a few km out of the main centre of Canberra so a car is preferable.

Regular bus services run between the City centre and the Museum. You will need route 10 on week days and 930/931 on weekends.

The Australian War Memorial Museum is open every day from 10-5pm and entrance is free.

It is closed Christmas Day.

What To See And Do At This Museum

Firstly, make sure you leave enough time to visit this place - If you just want to skim everything, that will take you at least an hour and a half!

I'd leave 3 hours to explore:

  • The Hall of Memory - This is a special place with the names of all the Australian men and women who have died. What's so moving is the size of this area and the number of names here. It's also adorned with poppies
  • The tomb of the unknown Australian soldier - a very moving place where you can honour and remember all those who have died at war - there is a tomb of an actual unknown Australian soldier here
  • First World War and Second World War - These were my favourite areas. They are brought to life with so many great displays, from tanks, airplanes to smaller documents, uniforms etc
  • Conflicts from 1945 - Great to see how Australia has taken part in some of the more recent conflicts
  • Aircraft Hall - A great place if you like your planes

  • Discovery Zone - A great place for kids and adults with a sense of fun. Recreate certain aspects of war, go inside planes, submarines or a trench

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