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National Capital Exhibition

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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How did Canberra become Australia's Capital City?: Find out at the NCE!

I have been living in Canberra for almost 5 years, but have been so busy, I haven't had a chance to... read more

Reviewed February 17, 2019
Lisa E
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Canberra, Australia
Very good. Accessible with great info.

We strolled about at the start of our visit to Canberra and got a good overview of the city, its... read more

Reviewed October 19, 2018
nickytravels2014
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East London, South Africa
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The National Capital Exhibition is an essential stop on any tour of the National Capital. This FREE exhibition, explores the past, present and potential futures of the capital through displays featuring the people, events, history and design of this...more
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Reviewed February 17, 2019

I have been living in Canberra for almost 5 years, but have been so busy, I haven't had a chance to go exploring much. Being completely in love with Marion Mahony Griffin’s realisations of her and Walter’s designs for Canberra, the National Capital Exhibition was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

We strolled about at the start of our visit to Canberra and got a good overview of the city, its planning and development. Good exhibits, lots of reading but well presented. Watch the film for 10 minutes or so of details. Well made. Fun area...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank nickytravels2014
Reviewed October 14, 2018

I hadn't heard much about the National Capital Exhibition until I visited the Visitor Information Centre which is next door. The display and commentary on the development of Canberra was excellent and the diorama with light show was excellent. Do check it out when you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank gwynne777
Reviewed September 9, 2018

The National Capital Exhibition is a fantastic place to start a sightseeing trip in Canberra. It provides you with historical, geographical and political background so you have an understanding of the place as you venture forth. I've been here twice - once as a supervising...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank JazznBlues2018
Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

I attended as a helper when my children went with the school. The displays and historical content were very interesting and much better than I expected. It is well worth the visit to see how Canberra was conceptualised, with the different options for design and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed June 11, 2018

Very interesting story of Canberra's origin, though definitely pitched at primary school aged children. I enjoyed guiding myself through, and from what I could hear of the guides they seemed very knowledgable. Recommend going on the weekend, it can get very busy during the week...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Sam G
Reviewed December 26, 2017 via mobile

Arrived at 4.00 on 27th December was told despite advertised opening hours exhibition was closed. Asked staff and was explained that they would keep public holiday hours between Christmas and NYD. Disappointed but understandable.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank 770petem
Reviewed October 17, 2017 via mobile

We were actually dropping in to the information centre and a staff member answered our question and also suggested we might want to visit the National Capital Exhibition to see the development of Canberra from the start till today and beyond. It was great. There...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank 993anitat
Reviewed June 11, 2017

The National Capital Exhibition tells the story of Canberra, capital of Australia. There are several interactive displays which make the place interesting. The exhibition illustrates Canberra's vital role as a symbol of Federation. It features the people, events, history and design which contributed to the...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Aryan2007
Reviewed June 4, 2017

Very interesting exhibition showing how Canberra was chosen as the national capital. We had previously seen a lot about the winning design by Burley Griffin, but it was fascinating to see some of the runners up.

Date of experience: March 2017
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