Australian War Memorial, Canberra

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Australian War Memorial pays tribute to Australians who fought in global conflicts. A large white building with a green dome serves as the site's focal point. It houses the commemorative area, including the Hall of Memory where the Tomb of the Australian Unknown Soldier lies. Inside, three walls of stained glass and four walls of mosaics depict Australian servicemen and women. In an outside courtyard, a memorial pool surrounds an eternal flame. A museum and archive details Australia's military involvement around the world. Put Australian War Memorial and other Canberra attractions into our Canberra online trip itinerary builder , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • I've visited the Australian War Memorial many times over the years and every visit, find it moving, informative and overall a rewarding experience. It's difficult to put into words the range of emotio...  more »
  • A very moving place to visit. Fantastic for all ages. Informative and easy to find your way around. If you can, stay for the last post ceremony at the end of the day.  more »
  • Even if you only have an hour or two to share the Australian War Memorial is worth visiting. A very informative and interesting collection of facts and artifacts that tell the story of Australia's ser...  more »
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  • An excellent museum. The Anzac section is exceptionally well done and we'll worth a visit. It puts the AUS-NZ war effort in great context while giving any visitors a new insights into this. Rest of the exhibit is also well worth the visit including the Sydney Harbour midget submarine with its fascinating story. Great place to take photos of Parliament building from a distant vantage point.
  • This is a must visit. I didn't realise the size of the museum here so beware that you can easily spend a whole day and not get through all the exhibits. There are free guided tours from staff throughout the day and they have amazing stories to share with you. Take your time planning this visit and be prepared that you may not get to see everything if you are only making a short visit. There is a cafe towards the very back of the museum that serve standard food and coffee. Don't forget to take a moment to view the actual memorial and pay respects for fallen soldiers. Every day commencing at approximately 4:55pm the memorial holds a Last Post Ceremony in the Commemorative Courtyard sharing the story behind on of the names on the Roll of Honour. Please attend and be respectful of this service.
  • A fitting monument to the greatest generation and the sacrifices they made for us. Surely the most exquisite collection in the world, if not, certainly the best presented. A visit to the AWM never fails to leave me awe-struck and thinking in deep reflection for days. It's a place of learning, but also of reverence and reflection. A fitting reminder of why it is so important that we strive towards peace and mutual benefit. There's something for any military history enthusiast, be it land forces, sea or air. For myself, I find the WW2 aviation display particularly stirring. Well worth a visit, please plan a good half day at least and if you have children, please remind them that it isn't a playground and gentlemen, take your hats off please as a sign of respect.
  • Set on sprawling lawns at the base of Mount Ainslie, directly north of Canberra's Old and New Parliament Houses, the Australian War Memorial is a peaceful and picturesque site. There are bronze plaques lining walking paths, sculptures in the garden (including of WWI hero, Simpson and his donkey), a shrine and museum and cafe among other things to explore. Give yourself a few hours to wander through, read moving and fascinating war stories, learn about battles and machinery and just take it all in. Absolutely worth seeing for anyone interested in Australia's military involvement over time.
  • This place is amazing! I had so much fun although am missing lots of knowledge when it comes to war and history. The free guided tour is very nice and helpful. The guide told us stories for 90 minutes and going across the whole place. He served in the army so you can imagine the knowledge and the excitement he has. It’s totally free of charge. For accessibility they have lifts. I spent 4 hours there and I felt like rushing things.

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