Attraction,Travel ian 1/2/2014

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Canberra has struggled with its advertising ‘brand’ for decades – there has been a perception of the city being ‘boring’… these days exploring the national capital is far from boring – in fact, it is one of the country’s most rewarding and accessible cities. There is always something new happening and many of the main attractions have free admission.

Naturally visiting temporary exhibitions like Toulouse Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge and the Turner from the Tate exhibitions in 2013 had an admission fee – but the permanent exhibitions and many of the temporary ones are free.

Here are some of the national capital attractions that have free general admission:

  • The National Gallery of Australia – from Nolan’s Ned Kelly to Pollack’s Blue Poles…
  • The National Museum of Australia – from Phar Lap’s heart to Rolh Harris’s wobble board (yes, you can play it!)…
  • The Australian War Memorial – moving and unforgettable…
  • The National Archives of Australia – from Australia’s constitution to your family history…
  • Parliament House – from the architecture to the art to the action of Question Time…
  • Australian National Botanic Gardens – native plants, birds, water dragons…
  • Royal Australian Mint – press your own coin or watch the country’s coinage being made…
  • High Court of Australia – Hear ye, hear ye, the court’s in session – it is a stunning building!
  • Canberra Glassworks – Australia’s only cultural centre dedicated to contemporary glass art – and you can have a crack as well, pardon the pun…
  • National Film and Sound Archive – a living archive that holds more than a century of film, radio and television history…
  • National Library of Australia – get up close with rare and beautiful literary gems…
  • National Portrait Gallery – from bushrangers to pioneers, from politicians to pop stars, from the past to the present – fascinating…

 

So… Canberra – it’s new, it’s free and it’s out now!

PS – The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is not free – but at $2 for adults, $1 for children and $5 for families it probably won’t break the bank!

Rydges Capital Hill is perfectly located for all you accommodation needs.

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