Australia, land of so many stories. A compact version of all the rich and diverse stories Australia and it’s people have to tell can be found at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. Already impressive from the outside, the Museum is an architectonical highlight. Reflecting iconic design details from structures all over Australia, such as the famous Sydney Opera House which is reflected in the leaf-shaped windows, complete the wholesomeness of the Australian National Museum. As the museum closes every day by 5 pm, I was only able to enjoy a very brief 30-minute „Highlights Tour“ at the museum.
At the National Museum of Australia in Canberra
My visit to the National Museum of Australia in Canberra started with a brief run through the current temporary exhibition „Songlines“, showcasing aboriginal paintings by the seven sisters as they flee across deserts discovering and painting their ancestral routes. You should definitely plan some time in, to take in every picture and find out more about its individual meanings. Songlines runs until the 28th of February 2018. Furthermore, the National Museum of Australia has a dedicated exhibition to every region of Australia, with miniature versions of the Sydney Opera House, stuffed and preserved animals, memorabilia and vintage vehicles.
A topic I wish I would have had more time to find out more on site was the construction of the Trans-Australian Railway. As additional researched told, the railway that once crosses the continent is nowadays known as “Indian Pacific” and runs weekly from Perth in the west to Sydney in the East, with stops in multiple cities such as Adelaide. Nowadays this journey takes three nights and four days and covers 4,352km one-way. Establishing a railroad to connect the main areas which were thousands of miles apart, started in 1912.
As the national museum of Australia is situated right by the shores of Lake Burley Griffin you can enjoy your time after a visit to the museum sitting on their picturesque terrace or wander along the banks.
National Museum of Australia
Address: Lawson Cres, Acton ACT 2601, Australia
Opening Hours: 9am–5pm daily, closed Christmas Day