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Top 9 Museums and Galleries in Canberra

Canberra, the capital of Australia, where you’ll find the federal government, history and plenty of galleries. If you're visiting Canberra for the first time, learn Australian history through museums and galleries. For the locals, stay and explore more of Canberra's cultural and historical attractions. Avenue Hotel provides the perfect luxury accommodation in the Canberra city centre that is close by to these top cultural attractions.

1. National Gallery of Australia


National Gallery of Australia

If you’re a fine art enthusiast or like a bit of art, add the National Gallery of Australia to your list. Just a 6-minute drive from Avenue Hotel, you can view collections from Australian and international artists such as Arthur Boyd and Jackson Pollock. Throughout the year, limited-time exhibitions will pop up. Until May 2022, you can see the industrial elements of Jeffrey Smart, or check out what else is happening this year.

2. National Museum of Australia

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National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia brings to life the rich and diverse stories of Australia. From Indigenous histories and cultures to European settlement, through to today. With interactive displays, different artefacts and objects, you’ll have the opportunity to discover more of Australia’s past, present and future. Throughout the year you'll be able to access special international exhibits. Until May 2022 discover more about Greek sports, politics and warfare at the Ancient Greeks exhibit.

3. National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia/>
National Gallery of Australia

Across Lake Burley Griffin is the National Portrait Gallery. View Australian identity and diversity through photographs, prints, miniatures, cartoons, collages and caricatures. For a limited time, see iconic portraits from the National Portrait Gallery in London such as Shakespeare and Amy Winehouse.

4. Scott Leggo Gallery

Scott Leggo Gallery Canberra - Premium Australian landscape photography
Scott Leggo Gallery

Do you want to treat your eyes to some unique and inspirational Australian landscape photography? Scott Leggo’s wall art presents iconic Australian scenery; from the coast to the country, from the forests to the city and from the outback to the snow. You won’t want to leave without adding a piece to the home, office or as a gift for a loved one. Choose from canvas prints, puzzles or event blocks for your desk.

5. Australia War Memorial

Explore Canberra city and the Australian War Memorial
Australia War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial commemorates Australian men and women who served the nation or brought about peace. Take the opportunity to pay your respects at the shrine of remembrance and explore the world-class museum. Head outdoors to the eternal flame and the commemorative courtyard.

6. National Dinosaur Museum

Skeleton in the National Dinosaur Museum Canberra
National Dinosaur Museum | Image Credit: Visit Canberra

Everyone has an interest or fascination with dinosaurs, right? A short 20-minute drive from the Canberra city centre is the premier attraction of the National Dinosaur Museum. Journey around the interactive display, see 23 complete skeletons and over 300 individual skeleton displays. During the school holidays, explore the museum by torchlight with the Dinosaurs at night Exhibition.

7. Questacon - National Science and Technology Centre

Questacon - National Science and Technology Centre a great activity in Canberra
Questacon - National Science and Technology Centre | Image Credit: Visit Canberra

Created for kids in mind, Questacon ended up being a centre for everyone to enjoy. Explore the world of science and technology through fun and interactive exhibits. Get excited over classic science and discover more about forces, light and momentum, or join in on the experimental activities in the Q Lab.

8. Parliament of Australia

Take a tour of parliament house in Canberra when staying at Avenue Hotel
Parliament of Australia | Image Credit: Visit Canberra

Some say it’s what Canberra is known for, so ensure you visit the Parliament of Australia. Explore the building and its symbolic architecture along with the permanent and temporary exhibitions presenting historical treasures and contemporary art. If you find politics intriguing, attend some heated debates or attend Question Time.


9. Royal Australian Mint

Royal Australian Mint in Canberra is great for kids and adults
Royal Australian Mint | Image Credit: Visit Canberra

The Royal Australian Mint provides the unique opportunity to see where all Australia’s circulating coins are created. Take a free public tour to experience the award-winning national cultural attraction and heritage site. If you don't want to do a tour, the interactive touchscreens will show you the process of coin making.

Explore 9 of Australia’s most iconic cultural attractions, museums and galleries. Whether you’re a history buff, an art lover, a science fan or want to pay your respects, Canberra has it all. Book your Canberra accommodation with Avenue Hotel, located close to all the attractions.