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One popular spot in Canberra is the National Museum of Australia. Opening hours are from 9 am to 5 pm daily. General admission is free. There is a free 10-minute talk at the museumn. The staff here are very friendly. This is a great place to learn about Australian history. 


There are several free and paid exhibitions at the museum. The main four ongoing free exhibitions are First Australians, Talking Blak to History, Landmarks, and Gandel Atrium. At the center of the Museum is the outdoor area Garden of Australian Dreams with water features, creative landscaping, and lighting effects. 

Landmarks exhibition discovers stories of people and places across Australia from European settlements. It considers 10 big themes in Australia’s past, each focusing on an idea, ambition, philosophy, or problem.

First Australians is the Museum’s largest gallery and is displayed over two floors. It includes the powerful Talking Blak to History exhibition. You can explore the shared stories and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from across the continent in First Australians.

The Talking Blak to History exhibition features powerful objects that speak to the aftermath of colonisation and explore issues including land rights, sovereignty, the Stolen Generations, and deaths in custody. The exhibition reveals feelings about attachment to the Country and the loss and grief brought about by colonisation.

There is a cafe with a lake view and nice food inside. Paid parking at a reasonable price is available. 

Lovely souvenir shops with beautiful stuff.

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