Australia is home to a wealth of museums with collections of cultural, scientific, artistic and historical importance, and to step inside any one of them is an opportunity to expand your mind. These 10 museums will help you to gain an understanding of Aboriginal and Australian culture, our maritime and military involvement and our sporting achievements, among other areas.
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
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