Australian War Memorial
Australian War Memorial
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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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  • manwithabackpack
    Geelong, Australia188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 April 2023
  • madMcC
    Melbourne, Australia117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • Han
    Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Australian War Memorial
    The museum is peaceful and full of significant artifacts that help us remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our nation. It is a must-see for anyone who wants to understand the history and importance of Australia's role in the many wars it has been involved in. Highly recommended!
    Thank you Han, we appreciate the time you have taken to review the Memorial, and we are glad you enjoyed your experience.
    Written 9 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 May 2023
  • Andrew C
    Geelong, Australia110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Need more than five stars!
    You have a two-hour time-slot and a seperate ticket for the Last Post. However, you could easily spend two whole days and not see everything. There is detail, beyond detail on Australia's involvement in conflicts throughout the world. Individuals are recognised, major operations are covered with myriad equipment and artefacts. There are personal stories and dioramas, paintings and medals. All done without neither glorifying war, nor belittling it's combatants. At 16.45 each day, yes every day, there's the Last Post ceremony (seperate ticket) that changes depending on the individual(s) being commemorated. This is solemn, but so well done. If you have never been, do visit. Oh, and although you do need tickets, it's free.
    Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate the time you have taken, and we hope to welcome you back to the Memorial in the future.
    Written 2 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2023
  • BrisbaneG416
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great introduction to the memorial
    The 80 minute free guided tour was well worth doing. The knowledgeable guide explained selected parts of the collection very clearly. This tour is good introduction and helpful in understanding the layout of the vast display
    Thank you for reviewing the Memorial. We are pleased to hear you had a positive experience, and hope to welcome you back soon.
    Written 3 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Jun Acullador
    Pasig, Philippines725 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Australian War Memorial, Canberra
    This hallowed museum has packed war planes, memorabilia, oral accounts, photos, all depicting the bittersweet memories of war. The dioramas are realistic but need an upgrade. Staff - welcoming & friendly. Looking forward to visit this place again after renovation.
    Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear you had a positive experience at the Memorial, and look forward to welcoming you back.
    Written 10 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Spencer
    Sydney, Australia12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Heritage Listed Memorial of Peaceful
    The Australian War Memorial is a heritage listed monument to the Australian men and women who have served in wars and conflicts throughout our nation's history. The memorial is located in the heart of Canberra and is free to enter. It is a peaceful and poignant place, providing a place of reflection for all who visit. It is a memorial to the courage and sacrifices of all those who have served our nation, and those who continue to serve today. The memorial is also a great educational resource, with a range of displays and exhibitions that provide insight into Australia's military history. The memorial is a fitting tribute to the many who have fought and died for our nation, and is a must-see for anyone visiting Canberra.
    Thank you for your thoughtful review. We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed your experience at the Memorial and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
    Written 16 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Karen M
    Daylesford, Australia1,353 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In spite of the renovations this remains a must see in Canberra.
    Even though the War Memorial is under repair, we felt like valued visitors. We were able to park easily and there were signs directing us to the temporary entrance. We needed some help to find information about a friend who was featured, and the help was amazing. We were overwhelmed by all the information and pleased to see that the displays are less jingoistic than in the past. We had recently visited Gallipoli & it was good to be able to see it from both sides. Highly recommended. P.S. You need to get a free timed entry ticket to visit.
    Thank you for leaving such a thoughtful review. We appreciate the time you have taken in doing so and hope to welcome you back to the Memorial in the future.
    Written 25 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
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Dave C
Alexandria, VA1,615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
An extensive collection of medals awarded to Australian service members. I actually joked with a staff member that I've now seen every medal ever awarded to a digger, which she gently pushed back on, but I think I'm right. Some incredible displays of important groups and individual items-- where else can one see bits of the Red Baron's aircraft?-- but some items that on-line guides say are here are actually elsewhere right now (A7V, ME-262, ME-163, etc) due to an ongoing renovation, and my wife was a bit nonplussed that they didn't have an intact Meteor fighter. The gift shop is incredible-- and puts this over the top to a 5-- my bibliophile wife and I dropped $162 on books and a model, well worth it. Also, the chapel is very moving. I'm sure this will be world-class again when they get the place finished.
Written 12 April 2024
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Tracey F
Gold Coast, Australia46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
A highlight to my trip to Canberra. I had attended the dawn service here about 29 years ago and attending the War Memorial today did not disappoint.
The newer areas portrayed the continued sacrifice our servicewomen and men make for our freedom and country safety in this ever changing world.
It was an honour to lay a wreath at the Last Post Ceremony a memory I will cherish forever.
Definitely a must do if you are visiting Canberra.
friendly for all.
Lots of
Parking.
Staff amazing and hence the experience.
Written 5 April 2024
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Thank you for this lovely review, we're pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Memorial and to have been able to welcome you back.
Written 7 April 2024
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Jenni L
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Amazing! Both historical and moving. Has to be crown jewel of Australia’s museums. A must see. You may need more than the two hours allocated. 10 minutes before our expiry time, we checked for availability to extend our stay, which was granted for another 2 hours.
Written 4 April 2024
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Thank you for leaving a review, Jenni. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit andwe look forward to welcoming you back.
Written 7 April 2024
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,653 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Make sure you book ahead to get a timed ticket and do bear in mind that the memorial is in the middle of a huge expansion. There is a lot to see an do here. I focussed on post 1945 and enjoyed the galleries on Korea, Vietnam and other recent conflicts. You could spend hours here. And it is free!
Written 11 March 2024
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Thank you for leaving a review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit, we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Written 12 March 2024
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Ron M
Menasha, WI430 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is by far the best war memorial in all of Australia...and we've been to a few of them. The grounds are huge and well kept and the building is imposing (from the outside) and extremely well laid out on the inside. From the scores of tributes to Australian and other country's servicemen and women to the dioramas and displays...this was just well done. People who have been awarded some of the highest medals in the nation have a short bio and then a description of the act that earned their decoration. Each of these has a photo of the person and a display of their service medals. The artifacts range from small pieces of equipment to vehicles and aircraft. There is a nice reflective pool leading to the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Solder from World War 1. The building is under renovation but the staff has done a nice job of keeping it clean, organized, etc. If you are going to be in Canberra then this is a MUST DO for you!
Written 5 March 2024
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Thank you for leaving this wonderfully detailed review, we are glad to hear you have enjoyed your recent visit. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
Written 5 March 2024
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Phillip B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Scotland, UK1,787 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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