An Interactive Place to Learn About Australian Culture
When it comes to finding fun things to do in Canberra with toddlers, the National Museum of Australia is not the place I would have thought about until the day we randomly went inside the museum instead of walking around Lake Burley Griffin. The museum might seem like a place for young children, teenagers or adults to enjoy but I found my toddler had an exciting time there as well.
There is a spacious open hall on entrance to the museum leading to a gift shop, a café and the main exhibition galleries. The main exhibits are quite fascinating. There are a couple of tiny exhibits at eye level for toddlers. There is a section of the museum with visual attractions and artistic projections on the walls, which are amazing.
The museum has welcoming, friendly and helpful staff, plenty of parking (free on weekends and public holidays), free general entry and free wifi on site.
An important thing to remember for families with babies and international travellers is the cloakroom of the museum that can be found to the left side of the main reception after entering the museum. Bags and items have to be stored for free if larger than 30 cm. Umbrellas, baby backpacks and tripods must be checked in. (I had a spare nappy for my toddler in my hand bag/purse so that wasn't an issue.) Food and drinks are not allowed in the galleries. The cloakroom also offers free wheelchair, scooter and stroller hire.
The Red Carpet Sculpture outside the Museum in front of the car park might be of particular interest for families with teenagers who love skateboarding. The Red Carpet Sculpture serves as an art piece as well as a popular skateboarding area.