Located on Acton Peninsula and next to the Australian National University, this museum focuses on Australia’s social history and the people, products and events that have shaped that history.
Opened in 2001 the museum highlights the thousands of years of indigenous history, European settlement as well as modern social and cultural events and the ever changing social structures of today. The building itself is described to be inspired by a jigsaw puzzle, interpreted to reflect Australia’s many pieces coming together as one.
The museum is home to a vast permanent collection as well as hosting various touring exhibits throughout the year. One item of interest on display is the Holden prototype car number 1, one of only three of the original test cars surviving today that than went on to influence the iconic Australian built sedan. Collections from the most influential Australian artefacts include items from areas such as clothing, jewellery, the arts and agriculture and industry and sport and many other areas.
Located just southwest of the CBD, the museum can be reached via Lawson Crescent. The Centenary Loop bus is a free shuttle service running every 30 minutes and stops at many of Canberra’s most popular tourist attractions.