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National Capital Exhibition Print E-mail

The National Capital Exhibition tells the story of Canberra, Australia's national capital. Through interactive displays, the Exhibition illustrates Canberra's vital role as a symbol of Federation. It features the people, events, history and design which contributed to the development of this unique, modern, fully planned city.

  • Uncover why Canberra was selected to be Australia's national capital and the other towns which were considered.
  • Explore Walter Burley Griffin’s prize winning design for Canberra.
  • Learn about the Indigenous people of the Canberra area and their link with the Bogong moth.
  • Experience the Canberra Sound and Light Show with its scale model of central Canberra.
  • Hear the story of Canberra presented in seven different languages.
  • Enjoy one of the best lakeside views of the Captain Cook Memorial Jet and the Parliamentary Triangle.
  • Realise our national capital belongs to all Australians!

A Capital Investigation is a complete unit of work on cities, capital cities and our National Capital in particular. It will assist Primary school students prepare for an excursion to Canberra or reinforce what they have experienced after the excursion is complete.

To plan your visit explore the National Capital Exhibition online virtual tour or Education Portal.

Group tour bookings for National Capital Exhibition can be made online

Admission is free


Barrine Drive off Commonwealth Avenue, Commonwealth Park.

Opening Hours

9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Closed public holidays except Australia Day and Canberra Day.

Non-English Speaking Facilities

The Canberra Sound and Light Show is available in the following six non-English languages:

  • Mandarin
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish

Exhibition self guides are also available in the above languages as well as:

  • Cantonese
  • Italian

Picnic Facilities

A sheltered picnic facility with a children's playground is available to the left of the entrance of the National Capital Exhibition.

Parking Facilities

Easily accessible free parking facilities are available for coaches within walking distance of the National Capital Exhibition. Extensive free car parking is available for up to four hours close to the Exhibition entrance.

For further information contact the National Capital Exhibition on:

National Capital Exhibition Virtual Tour

Click here to experience the National Capital Exhibition Virtual Tour

System Requirements

Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher recommended
System PC: Pentium 4 or faster
System MAC: Power PC G5 or faster

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 December 2014 10:47