National Museum of Australia

Kids love the KSpace gallery where they get the chance to design houses and vehicles of the future.  With fierce concentration, they use the touch screens to select shapes, colours and alternative energy  sources. In the 3D theatre they don special glasses and see their own designs come to life in an animated sequence, complete with sound track.

Contact details

Lawson Cres, Acton Peninsula; (02) 6208 5000

Price range

FREE

Don't Miss

■ The First Australians gallery where kids can audition to be radio announcers for the Goolarri  interactive radio studio, or learn Aboriginal dancing by following projected images and using an  interactive, pressure-sensitive floor.

■ The Batman Land Deed in the Landmarks gallery.
 
■ The Wiggles T-shirts and Play School flower clock in the Eternity gallery.
 
■ Mobile touch trolleys throughout the museum.
 
■ The PS Enterprise, moored outside on Lake Burley Griffin.

Fabulous Facts

One of the most important objects in the museum is the Batman Land Deed, the first document to acknowledge that Aboriginal people owned land in Australia before Europeans. It was drawn up between pioneer John Batman and the Aboriginal people of the Port Phillip Bay area in Victoria.  Museum curators invented a special display case to protect this document from the deteriorating  effects of heat, light and oxygen. The case is filled with argon gas, which is heavier than oxygen and pushes any oxygen to the top where it can be extracted.

Insider Tips

■ Pick up or download a family trail brochure that will take you all on a quest through the museum. 

■ You can buy food from the cafe and restaurant or bring your own to eat in the hall; highchairs are available.
 
■ There is a small time-out space in the Australian Journeys gallery – kids can read and play near the Little Red Riding Hood wall hanging.
 
■ Another way to rest your feet is to watch a screening in the revolving cinema, CIRCA.
 
■ The museum shop sells Making Tracks, a collection of children’s fictional books, each based on an object in the museum collection.

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