Get Inspired / Canberra and ACT 5 of Canberra’s Best Museums Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Canberra and ACT 5 of Canberra’s Best Museums story by: Tom Ricketts NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA If you only go to one museum in Canberra, make it this one. Once you’ve been wowed by the impressive architecture outside, spend hours learning all about Australia’s history inside. There’s a celebrated Aboriginal display, some of which has been loaned from the British Museum! Kids will love the dinosaur section, and the array of weird and wonderful creatures in the animal section will impress everyone. Other significant pieces include the prototype for the first ever Holden car, and the preserved heart of Phar Lap, that horse of ours that Aussie loves to claim. NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA With over 160,000 pieces, the National Gallery is the largest art museum in Australia. Collections include Aboriginal art, photography, sculptures and of course, artwork by famous Australian and international artists. Names include Tom Roberts and Russell Drysdale from Australia, as well as Cezanne, Monet, Picasso, Warhol and Matisse. And if that’s not enough art for you, there’s also the National Portrait Gallery. CANBERRA DEEP SPACE COMMUNICATION COMPLEX For something a little ‘out of this world’, head 45 minutes out of the city to Tidbinbilla Valley where you’ll find the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. The visitors centre has various displays including models, astronaut food, and even a piece of the moon. The working complex is also home to three massive satellite dishes which cooperate with NASA missions. AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL Probably the most popular attraction in all of Canberra is the Australian War Memorial. The impressive buildings hold all sorts of info on not only each Australia has participated in, but also each and every battle that Australia was involved in. Of course, there’s a significant Anzac exhibit too. PARLIAMENT HOUSE See the Aussie politicians in action on a guided tour of the Parliament House. See the House of Representatives, the Senate, and visit the main chambers during Question Time. The building also houses many significant documents and pieces of art. > READ MORE ABOUT CANBERRA HERE > FIND HOT DEALS TO CANBERRA HERE Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Canberra: Country Capital Read more Add or remove from Wishlist The HOT guide to Australia with Princess Cruises Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.