National Museum of Australia

Opened in 2001, this thoroughly modern museum uses state of- the-art technology and hands-on interactive displays to show stories about Australia’s past, present, people, issues and future. Begin your experience in Circa, a rotating cinema, to get an overview of the three main themes of the museum: land, nation, people. The permanent displays include ‘First Australians’, an amazing display of Indigenous culture, experience, dance and music; and ‘Nation’, where you can celebrate Australian icons such as the Hills hoist, Play School and Vegemite. ‘Old New Land’ takes you through 20 000 years of environmental change, and in ‘Eternity’ you can share the joy and sorrow of ordinary and extraordinary Australians. Children will love ‘KSpace’, a virtual reality experience, and ‘Our Place’, with four different cubbyhouses to explore. Fascinating temporary exhibitions change throughout the year. Guided tours available.  Lawson Cres, Acton Peninsula; (02) 6208 5000; open 9am–5pm daily; general admission free.

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A trip to the National Museum of Australia

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