Australian War Memorial
Australian War Memorial
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's 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. The Memorial offers a range of guided tours, including a 1 hour highlights audio tour.
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  • kanata-pete
    31 contributions
    Great Experience! Beautiful Museum
    Wow! What a fantastic museum. They are doing some construction around the building that concerned me before I arrived but the construction does not ruin the experience at all. The buildings are beautiful! So pretty and a great design. We enjoyed looking at the outdoor space when we finished touring the museum. The staff were very helpful. Due to the fact they are doing construction you don’t come into the museum in the right spot. We were informed by the guest service people where to start. We wanted to experience starting at the 1st World War. Once she got us situated we walked through with ease. Starting at ww1 going to ww2. We then went downstairs to see everything from ww2 on. I signed up online for our spot, 10:40-12:40. We did take our time and ended up actually staying a bit longer. The displays and the artifacts are fantastic. I would highly recommend going.
    Thank you for your detailed review of the Memorial. We really appreciate the time you have taken to write a review, and we are glad you enjoyed your experience.
    Written 9 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 March 2023
  • Philip W
    Sydney, Australia15 contributions
    Excellent experience
    Always wanted to visit this place and it doesn’t disappoint. Carefully and respectfully created, the individual stories of the VC holders are one of the first displays and it really sets the scene. There’s so much to see, we only went through the WW1 and WW2 sections, need to come back for the post ‘45 experiences. This is a national treasure, encompassing such an emotional topic. Only suggestion, possibly put some arrows on the floor to help people navigate through the different sections.
    Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear you had a positive experience at the Memorial.
    Written 15 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Steve-and-Andie
    Lancaster, United Kingdom3,435 contributions
    Totally blown away
    WOW, this place is amazing. The displays are very well done and the diorama’s of battle scenes are so real you can almost feel yourself in the midst of the action. In fact there is so much to see, you need more than just an afternoon like us to appreciate what’s here. We were lucky enough to join a guided tour. It was a quick hour or so but so informative, just wish it could have been longer. We also stayed for the Last Post which was moving. All staff were friendly and helpful and if we were in the area again we would certainly revisit.
    Thank you very much for this thoughtful review. It is nice to hear that your visit to the Memorial had an impact on you, and we hope to welcome you in the future.
    Written 2 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2023
  • julian
    Australia9 contributions
    Worth visiting
    A Heritage listed site and a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by the Australian people. It is a poignant and moving experience for all who visit, with its halls and galleries filled with stories of courage and loss. It is a place to remember and to honour those who have served our country.
    Thank you for reviewing the Australian War Memorial. We are pleased to hear you had a positive experience.
    Written 5 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 4 April 2023
  • BHB
    Gold Coast, Australia2 contributions
    A comprehensive and significant tribute to the nation's history
    It is a poignant reminder of the hardships and sacrifices of those who served and those who lost their lives. The Memorial's exhibitions, displays and collections are a powerful reminder of the courage and tenacity of Australians in times of war. Highly recommended.
    We appreciate the time you have taken to review the Memorial. We are glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to welcome you back in the future.
    Written 5 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2023
  • Rahman
    Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
    Historical site
    The Australian War Memorial is a place of symbolism, peace and heritage. It is a historical monument, listed on the National Heritage List, and provides a place of remembrance for all those who have served in the Australian Defence Forces. It is a place of solace and respect, and a reminder of the sacrifices made by so many.
    Thank you for your thoughtful review. We appreciate the time you have taken to provide feedback and hope to welcome you back in the future.
    Written 10 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 April 2023
  • manwithabackpack
    Geelong, Australia187 contributions
    Major renovations but still worth the visit
    Have been to the marmoreal years ago and was greatly impressed but the ww11 section was closed for renovations. So will revisiting Canberra we decided to see the ww11 and because the marmoreal is now doing major renovations most of it closed including the poppy centre and because there is reduced sections you require a time ticket which can be done on line. But even though areas are closed there is still plenty to see and it's still impressive. Also they have a new restaurant out side which is well catered for.
    Thanks for reviewing the Memorial. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed Poppy's Cafe, and we hope to welcome you again soon.
    Written 16 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 April 2023
  • madMcC
    Melbourne, Australia116 contributions
    loved the last post
    We went years ago to watch name in lights and realised you could request a last post. We requested one for relatives lost at war. It took a while but it happened at a time to suit. Staff were great in helping plan the event and provide support on the day. The memorial itself has so much to see it can be overwhelming, but we hope family letters from WWI will be digitised one day as part of this. The tours are the best way to get started. The last post is the best way to end the day. Thanks to the historians, staff on the floor, and even top management appearing on their weekend to chat.
    Thank you for your review, we appreciate the time you have taken to review the Memorial, and we are glad you enjoyed your experience.
    Written 19 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 April 2023
  • Pascal S
    61 contributions
    Australian War Memorial
    A must visit if in Canberra. So much history and respect given to service men and service women whom have paid the ultimate price. The displays are extremely well done and very informative. Exceeded my expectations by a country mile.
    We are pleased to hear your visit to the Memorial has lived up to your expectations. We hope to welcome you back soon.
    Written 7 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 May 2023
  • yazitravels
    Bordeaux, France415 contributions
    Impressive!
    Definetly a must do. You have to book online and show the reservation. it is FREE! There is a parking for long vehicules, if you have a trailer and is free. 2 hours isn't enough to see all the gallery. It is really impressive.
    We appreciate the time you have taken to review the Memorial, we are glad you enjoyed your experience.
    Written 7 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 May 2023
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Phillip B
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Family
What an amazing experience and so much to see.
Recommend the 80 min free tour.
We had Henry as our guide.
Professional, knowledgeable and extremely passionate in conveying the history of our service women and men.
Thank you Henry.
Written 14 February 2024
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Thank you for leaving a review, Phillip. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Henry and will be sure to pass on your feedback..
Written 15 February 2024
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Tonyv
Melbourne, Australia66 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
The place was awesome to visit. It really showed how many wars Australians have been involved in and how lives our country has lost to keep all Australians safe . We should be proud of each everyone who has fought for this country . Recommend seeing this for yourself
Written 28 January 2024
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Thank you for leaving a review, Anthony, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your recent visit. Please let us know if there were any aspects of your visit that could have been improved.
Written 29 January 2024
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katejim1
Boonah, Australia438 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited the galleries in the afternoon and they are done so well. Will have to go again as there was so much to see. One of the best places we've been to. Although you have to book on line it is FREE Then we went back for the memorial service - that is so moving, An excellent thing to do. The army officer doing the story of the day did it so well, and he was choked up as well. A 5 star visit, to be repeated if we are ever back in Canberra.
Written 4 January 2024
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Thank you for sharing your review. We are pleased to hear you were moved during your recent visit to the Memorial, and we hope to welcome you back again in the future.
Written 7 January 2024
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ShaunScotland
Brisbane, Australia1,787 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
A visit to Australian War Memorial is always a moving experience. Their is so much to learn and read about. But after visiting a few times I have found that the War Memorial is suffering the same fate as many places do nowadays and that is unruly and unsupervised children running about, shouting and touching all the memorial exhibits despite repeated calls over the tannoy. If people can not control their children and have some respect in a War Memorial then they should not come. Wish the staff would have more authority to deal with poor parenting and ask these people to leave if they have no respect for this cultural icon.
Written 4 January 2024
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KatiP
melbourne6 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
This was so interesting. And well worth booking as it was all sold out when we got there and people were being turned away (lucky I booked) . We did the two hours and the last post which was lovely and a very solemn experience. The adults could certainly have spent more time there. Worth getting the tour if you can. I overheard one of the stories and it made it very real.
Written 4 January 2024
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Thank you for sharing your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your recent visit at the Memorial, and we hope to welcome you back again in the future.
Written 7 January 2024
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Peter B
Brisbane, Australia34 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Our visit coincided with major renovations but what a fantastic memorial! We arrived in time for lunch at Poppy's Cafe. The cafe is also a great place. The displays were a little different since our last visit. My wife has been at me to go back. And we are so glad we did. We are already planning the next one. The Australian War Memorial is constantly rated as the best war memorial in the world and it is. Go see my ancestor, Harry Dalziel VC.
Written 23 December 2023
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Thank you for sharing your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your recent visit at the Memorial, and we hope to welcome you back again in the future.
Written 1 January 2024
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Hugary1
Sydney, Australia5,799 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The War Memorial has under gone great renewal and there are new exhibitions as well as the ones you may have seen in a previous visit. Some parts still under renovations but there is still a great deal to see and read or watch.
It is a very impressive building and exhibition of the involvement of Australia in various conflicts.
Great place to take kids to learn the real stories and show them real history rather than social media inaccuracy.
Written 19 December 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the exhibitions during your visit at the Memorial. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future when the development is complete.
Written 20 December 2023
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AnuH
Kochi (Cochin), India241 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
This place is loaded with information. I am an Indian and I felt all the emotions any National / Australian would feel. Pride, happiness, deep sadness… We have not done justice to this place. After 2 hours we finished only WW1 & WW2 areas.
Written 19 December 2023
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Thank you for sharing your review, we are pleased to hear your visit at the Memorial was impactful and we hope to welcome you back in the future.
Written 20 December 2023
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Roslyn D
Melbourne, Australia33 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is a ‘must visit’ when in Canberra. Doesn’t matter if you are a history buff or not, you need to know how war has impacted and more importantly, influenced our society. The staff are all so lovely and helpful.
Written 12 December 2023
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Thank you for providing such a kind review, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your recent visit. Please let us know if there were any aspects of your visit that could have been improved.
Written 12 December 2023
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Wendy
Granada, Spain99 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Even though there are works going on the experience and information provided was fantastic. So worth a visit (2 hours disappeared so fast).
Written 9 December 2023
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Thank you for sharing your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your recent visit at the memorial and we hope to welcome you back again.
Written 10 December 2023
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