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Canberra Museum and Gallery

Watercolor painting of a bush camp with tents and a small shack
Watercolor painting of a bush camp with tents and a small shack


A vibrant place in the heart of the city, the Canberra Museum and Gallery celebrates the region's social history and visual arts with dynamic exhibitions and unique programs and events.

Canberra is a young city on an ancient continent. This place, selected to be Australia’s National Capital in 1909, has had a much older history but it is also one that continues to evolve to embrace new narratives of belonging and expressions of identity.

Journey through these changes in the new major exhibition drawn from Canberra Museum and Gallery’s collection Canberra Place and People. Find the stories of the people who have always been on this country and those who have come to make their lives here.

Told with objects of daily use and special significance, artworks and design of purposeful creativity and moving images made for screens large and small, Canberra’s story as the place where nationhood found a home is unlike no other.

Canberra Museum and Gallery is also the home of The Foundation Collection of Sir Sidney Nolan's paintings, donated by the artist to the people of Australia in 1974. The gallery manages the collection on behalf of the Australian Government.

Map of the venue locationMap of the venue location
Cnr London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City, Australian Capital Territory, AustraliaGet Directions

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“Brilliant Museum in Canberra City”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 6mos ago by car0leb66

This fabulous museum in Canberra City was a wonderful surprise. We were searching for the display for the Telopea Park High School reunion memorabilia which was certainly good. However we found the...

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“Underrated ”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 10mos ago by Abbykat

We visit Canberra roughly twice a year and have only been to this museum a few times in the past. Today's visit made us realise we must visit more often. The Sidney Nolan exhibition upstairs was...

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“"A Very Memorable and Interesting Experience"”

TripAdvisor ratingReviewed 1yr ago by S6724QWmayb

I enjoyed watching the short movie and seeing the old artefacts from long ago. The cafe has delicious food and the museum shop has interesting things to buy as keepsakes.

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  • Cafe
  • Carpark
  • Conference/Function Facilities
  • Lockers
  • Non Smoking
  • Parents Room
  • Public Toilet
  • Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)
  • Caters for people who are blind or have vision loss.
  • Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.
  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.