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by Yui Sakata (subscribe)
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Published September 8th 2012
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Edging Lake Burley Griffin, a giant playground spreads out. The post-modern compilation of colourful parts is the National Museum of Australia, a place you learn about the unique land, nation, and people of Australia.

The deconstructive architecture is designed so it reflects the extensiveness of the Museum's collection; that is the great diversity in this country. At the front of the entryway is a 30-meter high yellow loop, flying up at the end of a long pavement as a sidewalk, past the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. This interactive sculpture is titled "the Loop and the Uluru Line," representing a road leading to the actual direction of Uluru or Ayer's Rock.

NMA exterior yellow slider
The Loop and the Uluru Line


Wrapped in the untraditional building skin, the museum exhibits a large collection to teach children and adults about Australia's historical coming with its focus on indigenous histories and cultures, European settlement, and their interaction with the environment. Through various methods, including interactive video rooms and artefacts, the museum thrives to engage us to see and feel as if we are there in the archival settings.

NMA exterior walk
Museum Entry


The central space of the museum is another grand art piece. The folding and emerging pattern of the dynamic ceiling is expressed by the architects, Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan, to represent the strand that tie Australians together as a nation, the weaving together of the lives and stories of Australia and Australians.

NMA interior
The museum hall


Open everyday except Christmas Day, National Museum of Australia welcomes everyone for free of charge.
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Why? Learn about Australian history and it's free!
When: 9am-5pm daily, closed Christmas Day
Phone: 1800-026-132
Where: Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula Canberra ACT 2601
Cost: Free
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