This was my first visit for around ten years and how things have changed! With the addition of a new building (ANZAC Hall), a plethora of new displays and improved presentations/explanations this museum is now genuinely world class and no longer a series of boring dioramas behind glass boxes. Easy parking, modern/clean toilets, decent cafe food, good gift/book shop and free admission make it especially family friendly.
Highlights would have to be the four amazing 'sound-and-light' shows in ANZAC Hall...don't miss the evocative 'Striking by night' featuring the G for George Lancaster bomber nor the very good 'Sydney under attack' featuring the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney harbour.
The museum is also a shrine to the fallen and the 'Last Post Ceremony' at dusk each day is an incredibly moving and uplifting affair set around the Pool of Reflection. Each day a different fallen soldier's story is told, commemorated and honoured. This simple moving ceremony also includes the singing of the National Anthem, a lone piper playing a lament, The Ode being read out by a current serving soldier and the bugler playing the Last Post.
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