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National Capital Exhibition

Discover the extraordinary story of Canberra. The people. The plan. The place. The model of the National Capital.

The all new National Capital Exhibition includes a new film, animated displays, an updated model and interactive visitor experiences. With its panoramic views across Lake Burley Griffin to the landmarks and institutions in the Parliamentary Zone it is an essential stop for visitors of all ages.

Onsite education
Our national capital is a fully planned, modern city built into an ancient landscape. The design and creation of Canberra have links to the National Curriculum for both History and Civics and Citizenship.
We give students context for their excursion. During a visit that will include both presenter led and hands-on
activities, students will discover the ‘why, where, how and who’ of the city they are visiting.

Opening hours
The Exhibition is open 9 am–5 pm weekdays, 10 am–4 pm weekends, closed public holidays except Australia Day and Canberra Day (second Monday in March).

Group bookings are essential. Book via the website or by phone.

Want more?
The National Capital Exhibition is a gateway to other great attractions in the National Capital including
Blundells Cottage, Anzac Parade, the National Carillon, Old Parliament House Gardens and Reconciliation Place.