Detailed information about the landmark. Description, photos and map with the nearest significant objects. The name in English is The National Museum of Australia.
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The National Museum of Australia is located in the capital, Canberra, in the suburb of Ecton.
It contains items relating to 50,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, Australia’s own history since 1788 and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
It contains the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal drawings on tree bark and stone tools, the heart of the Far Lap racehorse and the prototype of Australia’s first car.
There are five permanent exhibitions: the Early Australians Gallery, Intertwined Fates, Settling Australia, Australian Symbols, and Forever: Stories from the Heart of Australia.
The building of the National Museum was opened on March 11, 2001, as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Australian Federation.
But the very idea of creating a museum appeared in the early 20th century, but its realization was hindered by two world wars and financial crises.
Only in 1980 the Australian parliament issued a special decree about the creation of the museum and collection work began.
The total area of the museum building, built in the postmodern style, is 6600 m? It’s made up of several separate rooms that link together to form a semicircle around what’s known as the ‘Garden of Australian Dreams’.
It is a sculptural composition in the form of a map on the water, with a small grass cover and a few trees, which shows the central part of the country with road marks, the names of Australian Aboriginal tribes and the boundaries of the distribution of indigenous languages.
The exterior of the building is painted in bright colors – orange, crimson, bronze, gold, black and silver, making it stand out sharply against the urban landscape.
An interesting detail – on the walls of the building in Braille (for the blind) are written such phrases as “friend”, “sorry”, “forgive us for the genocide” (apparently addressed to the Australian Aborigines), “God knows”, “time will tell” and “love is blind”. Some of the phrases that caused great public outcry were covered with silver plaques.
An orange sculpture, “Uluru Line,” in the shape of a loop unfolding along the Ecton Peninsula, stands at the entrance to the museum.
Overall, the architecture of the building invites us to remember that Australia’s history is the story of many millions of intertwined destinies.
In 2005 and 2006, the National Museum was named Australia’s top tourist attraction.
Location of the National Museum of Australia
The museum is located on Acton Peninsula in the suburb of Acton, next to the Australian National University. The peninsula on Lake Burley Griffin was previously the home of the Royal Canberra Hospital, which was demolished in tragic circumstances on 13 July 1997.
The museum has its own publishing house as well as a museum center for historical research.
The National Museum of Australia houses, among other things, newspapers, photographs, equipment and household items, ceremonial clothing, antique cars and a growing collection of political cartoons. There are also many exhibits relating to the history of the early settlers and subsequent waves of immigration, such as the largest item in the museum, the Hong Hai ship, which brought 38 people to Australia in 1978.
Opening hours: 9am-5pm daily
Phone: 02/6208 5000
Price: Admission free, fees only for individual temporary exhibitions
Official website: http://www.nma.gov.au/