National Capital Exhibition

National Capital Exhibition

Please note, while restrictions put in place to respond to COVID-19 are easing, there may be some changes to business-as-usual to keep workers and visitors safe. Please contact the business for the most up to date information, including opening times and social distancing measures.

Due to the procedures in place for the COVID-19, the National Capital Exhibition will not re-open until 20 June 2020, with restricted numbers of seats in the theatre and new sanitising measures.

The story of Canberra as the capital city of Australia.

Canberra is unique in design and innovative in the history of town planning by being the result of a worldwide competition. The winners of that competition, Walter and Marion Griffin, presented a design where the built and the natural landscapes have equal importance. They designed a city that fits in between landmarks and remains in scale with humans.

Come and learn more about what was here before the city, how the site and the design were chosen, what it might have looked like and what may happen in the future.

All digital presentations have international translations.
  • Main entrance to the National Capital Exhibition
    Inside the National Capital Exhibition
  • Model at the centre of the National Capital Exhibition
    Students watching the animated presentation on the scale model of the National Capital
  • Window display at the National Capital Exhibition
    Exploring the Nolli maps at the National Capital Exhibition
  • Part of the displays at the National Capital Exhibition
    Infographic timeline at the National Capital Exhibition
  • Educational activity at the National Capital Exhibition
    Town planning activity at the National Capital Exhibition

DETAILS

OPENING HOURS

Weekdays: 9am - 5pm; Weekends: 10am - 4pm; Closed on Public Holidays except Australia Day and Canberra Day

COSTS

Free

ACCESSIBILITY

Disabled access available, contact operator for details

Location

National Capital Exhibition

1 Regatta Place, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Features

Carpark

Reviews

TripAdvisor traveller rating

BASED ON 64 REVIEWS

Ranked #54 of 223 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor

“Worth a look”

Reviewed on 24/10/2020

This little display is worth a look, allow about 40 mins to browse the displays and watch the short film.
It's worth popping in just for the great views across the lake and across to the...

Review by

sagreatdan

“Really small exhibition area”

Reviewed on 08/01/2020

Almost gave it a miss due to the music festival setup, but it provides a comprehensive timeline to Canberra's history, as well as insight as to why Canberra had been chosen as the Australian capital...

Review by

gwendolphyn

“Not much”

Reviewed on 24/10/2019

Short film !!lots of school kids long walk if you are not from area ( when ask people how to get there got lots of bad directions ) nice view !!so if you go take the culture connection bus

Review by

685harrietm

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