The capital city of Australia is well known for being home to the country's Commonwealth Government, Parliament House, High Court, and many other government departments and agencies. However, Canberra also contains some of the most interesting museums and galleries from around the world. If planning a trip to Canberra, be sure to put the following museums and galleries on your list of sights to see:
National Gallery of Australia The National Gallery of Australia is the largest art museum in the country and contains over 166,000 works of art. The gallery's impressive collection includes Australian art such as Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, as well as works from around the world. In addition, the National Gallery of Australia hosts a number of major exhibitions throughout the year.
Australian War Memorial The Australian War Memorial is Australia's national memorial to those members of the armed forces and affiliations who have participated or died in the country's wars. The memorial consists of three sections, which are the Commemorative Area that contains the Hall of Memory with the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier; the Research Centre that holds records; and the Memorial's galleries that contain an extensive military museum.
National Portrait Gallery The National Portrait Gallery is an interesting collection of portraits of those Australians who were prominent due to their life's endeavors. The extensive gallery, situated on King Edward Terrance beside the High Court of Australia, also displays temporary exhibitions. In addition, visitors to the National Portrait Gallery can enjoy the gallery's cafe and gift shop.
National Museum of Australia The National Museum of Australia preserves and presents the country's social history through a unique and fascinating selection of exhibits. These exhibits explore the major events, issues and people that have helped to shape Australia, including events such as Federation and the Sydney 2000 Olympics. In addition, National Museum of Australia contains the heart of champion racehorse Phar Lap and the world's largest collection of Aboriginal bark paintings and stone tools
National Dinosaur Museum The National Dinosaur Museum is one of the most popular attractions in the Canberra area as it holds the country's most significant permanent display of prehistoric specimens. The museum's exhibition traces the evolution of life, with a primary focus on dinosaurs, and contains a gift shop with a wide range of dinosaur toys, fossils, natural history books, and more.
Questacon Questacon is Canberra's highly rated National Science and Technology Centre, which contains over 200 interactive exhibits relating to science and technology. The various educational and entertaining exhibitions include those such as Deep Oceans, Awesome Earth, Wonderworks and Perception Deception. Questacon also contains the Q Shop, a gift shop full of books, educational science toys and teacher resources.
Canberra Museum and Gallery The Canberra Museum and Gallery holds an extensive collection of museum artifacts that relate specifically to the Canberra Region, including items from the region's bushfires in 2003. The museum, spread across two floors, also contains various exhibitions of photography, paintings and other art work about the history of Canberra.