Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial

Admission to the Memorial is free

The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive, located at Treloar Crescent (top of ANZAC Parade), Campbell ACT.

The Memorials 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.

Visit the Memorial

The Memorial's galleries contain our permanent exhibitions dedicated to periods of conflict in Australia's history, as well as our ever-changing temporary exhibition spaces.

Free Tours
A great way to discover the Memorial

Our tours are led by our passionate volunteers. Choose from 30, 60 and 90 minute tours, which variously include highlights of the entire Memorial, or specific galleries.

Building Features
Our historical building itself is something to explore. Find out the significance and commemorative role of different parts of our incredible building, and special galleries such as Anzac Hall.

Last Post Ceremony
The Last Post ceremony allows guests to remember those Australians who have lost their lives in war. It is broadcast live daily via webcam on the Memorial’s website from 4.55 pm AEDT.

Located on the Entry Level

The Australian War Memorial was voted the number one landmark in Australia by travellers in the 2016 Trip Advisor awards.

Come and see why.

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2018 Update

A PLAN hatched three years ago by a media baron and a former politician will be revealed today ' with Prime Minister Scott Morrison to unveil a $500 million Australian War Memorial overhaul to tell the “true story” of what it means to be Australian.

The huge Canberra project will involve the demolition of the Anzac Hall for a new twolevel structure to give more than double the amount of exhibition space. This will largely tell the story of the men and women from military campaigns of the past 20 years, including East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The side courts will be spectacularly encased in a huge glass atrium ' similar to the British Museum’s Great Court in London ' to showcase new acquisitions including bombers , fighters and land fighting vehicles, with new stainedglass windows showing images of the modern warrior.

The exhibition space increase ' from 3280sq m to 8300sq m also includes a huge underground hall and central entry that features a big screen to live-stream unclassified Australian Defence Force news and movements.

The exhibition floor would be available for private hire, for dinners and other functions.

The plan’s unveiling today caps off a three-year campaign by the Australian War Memorial’s director, former defence minister Brendan Nelson, and Seven West chairman and AWM council chairman Kerry Stokes, to redevelop the “soul” of the national psyche.

Dr Nelson said when he started in the director’s job in 2012, he was told that the stories of the 30,000 Aussies then engaged in conflicts abroad, including on 64 peacekeeping missions, could not be told in the present day. That would have to wait until after a generation of politics and welcome-home parades.

That attitude led to he and Mr Stokes looking at the memorial’s future.

“We felt we had to do it now

' and maybe if the Vietnam War had been told more broadly and deeply in the mid-1970 s, some of those men may not have suffered as much,” Dr Nelson said yesterday. “Kerry said: ‘We need to put everything into this to persuade the country and the political class, not just the government but the Opposition, that this is something that must be done’ .”

From 2015, the men began a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign, including using architects and surveyors. They reviewed various designs with the final cost to be $500 million over nine years. The powerful National Capital Authority was briefed every month, with the appearance of the redeveloped heritage building deemed critical.

Dr Nelson said yesterday: “This is primarily for operations of the last 20 years … this is all about telling the stories of these men and women of our recent past.

“The amount of money involved is a significant part of the investment we have to make not only in these young men and women and their families, but also in our understanding of what it means to be an Australian.

“In the lifetime of every nation, there comes a time where you have both an opportunity and responsibility to invest in telling these stories.

“Anyone that thinks that in some way this is not worth doing has not been to this place in recent times.

“We’ve been working hard here to bring the stories to life, the histories to life to make it engaging and to engage new generations. In this place, we reveal our character and our soul as a people.”

Source: The Herald Sun Digital Edition: MIGHT AT THE MUSEUM | Nov 1, 2018

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