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Australian War Memorial
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$137.54*
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Canberra Day Trip from Sydney
Ranked #1 of 213 things to do in Canberra
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Owner description: The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
“worth a visit”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

beatiful gardens, good location, cafe across the way, enjoyed the history and seeing the wall of remembrance...underground carparking,

Visited February 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A small army!”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Over 300 full time employees plus 100+ volunteers keep this facility on the go. I was surprised by the large number, plus less than 20% of available memorabilia is ever on display at the one time!!

Visited February 2013
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Calwell, Australia
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“What can we say”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Yes what can we say about this great exhibition of the sacrifices made by so many of Australia's soldiers, past and current. Everybody should come to Canberra at least once in their lifetime to walk through the AWM. It must be said however that you must keep returning as something is always changing there. I was a volunteer at this great institution and I still go back for a visit. Come down and see it

Visited September 2012
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“Very moving experience”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

You cannot visit Canberra without going to the War Memorial. Too hard to put into words. We have visited many times and always leave in awe. Must visit.

Visited February 2013
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“Some touring tips for those short on time”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

This is a world-class museum dedicated to the sacrifice of Australians in the time of war. I would highly recommend dedicating at least a day for a visit, otherwise you’re going to feel rushed and disappointed that you weren’t able to see everything. The museum is built into the hillside overlooking the city and hides an extensive collection. I actually spend about two days going though all the exhibits, which were extremely professional and contained a few multimedia surprises.

A visit can be split into 3 distinct sections. First, the exterior grounds contain a number of statues and military pieces (tanks, gun barrels, etc.) that are spread around to the left of the entrance. If you’re short on time, this can probably be skipped, or done at the end of your day when the museum is closing. Second, the Hall of Memory and Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier located in the center of the museum present a somber picture of remembrance. This should be the first place to visit and if you stay until the end of the day, museum staff will perform a short ceremony beside the reflection pool and eternal flame. Third are the gallery exhibits, which will take up the majority of your visit.

The time needed to work your way through the displays will depend entirely on how much you want to read. Almost all of the static exhibits have some sort of historical text, plus there are short multimedia presentations throughout the galleries. There’s enough to do just by walking around and pausing to look at the dioramas – if you were to stop and read everything, you’ll need days to make it through to the gift shop!

While the floor plan for the exhibits is fairly logical – areas broken down into the First World War, WWII, Aircraft Hall, etc. – there isn’t a clear linear path to follow to ensure you see all of the collection. I almost missed the entire display located in the Anzac Hall because I didn’t walk to the very back of Aircraft Hall, where the entrance is located. Considering that Anzac Hall holds some of the largest pieces in the collection (and a great video presentation), that would have been a loss. The lower level of the museum also holds a small area for rotating exhibits, as well at a twisting maze of pre-WWI colonial military history.

As I’ve said – lots to see and do – but most people won’t have a full day from 1000 - 1700 to see everything. If you are pressed for time, I would focus on seeing the Hall of Memory, then loop through WWI, Aircraft Hall, Anzac Hall, and WWII in that order.

Before travelling to Canberra, I was told that this was the one must-see museum in the country. Visiting the War Memorial was a moving experience and certainly something that all Australians can take pride in.

Visited October 2012
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