Canberra’s National Museum of Australia places emphasis on three main areas: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, Australian history and society since 1788, and Australian interaction with the environment. Among the highlights in the museum’s collection are Captain Cook’s navigational instruments, Phar Laps heart and the Square, Arched and Round windows from Play School.
Lawson Cres, Acton ACT Australia, +61 2 6208 5000
A major branch of the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, the Powerhouse Museum is located in the old Ultimo Power Station building near Darling Harbour. With a collection of approximately 400,000 artifacts spanning science, design, communication, engineering, fashion, space and contemporary culture, the Powerhouse has acquired a unique collection since it was established in 1879. Highlights include Locomotive No. 1 and The Kings Cinema.
500 Harris Street Ultimo NSW Australia, +61 2 9217 0111
With more than 200 interactive exhibits, Questacon: The National Science and Technology Centre strives to enlighten curious minds about science and technology. Opened in September 1988, the museum has eight themed galleries and offers hands-on activities and demonstrations. From meteorology to prehistoric creatures, photography to engineering, Questacon will allow you to flex your mental muscles.
Commemorating Australian members of the armed forces who have died in war, the Australian War Memorial incorporates a shrine, museum and a research centre. Opened in 1941, the heart of the memorial is the Hall of Memory which contains the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier and the Roll of Honour, which has the names of over 102,000 Australians. The Memorial also hosts touring exhibitions and features an outdoor Sculpture Garden.
Treloar Cres, Campbell ACT Australia, +61 2 6243 4211