The objects on display have been either crafted from or inspired by the trophies of war - the collectables from the trenches. The arts represent war and conflicts ranging from World War 1 to the present day.
Some tell the stories of the conflicts from the soldier's point of view. Some tell the tales of the prisoners, the refugees and the civilians who are caught up in the violence of war.
A series of dioramas, created by artist Richard Lewer are simply spellbinding to view. The detail is meticulous. There are hospital scenes, life in the trenches, a sniper laying in wait, the stories of the Christmas truce and the Angel of Mons - all depicted from the battles of World War One. His displays are tiny in size, but large in their impact.
A huge wall display, made up of 210 papier-mache helmets are striking. Representing the 'mind of the military', each helmet is a cast of the helmet belonging to Special Operations soldier Ben Roberts-Smith, a recipient of the Victoria Cross - the highest award in the Australian honours system. The helmets are the creation of Baden Pailthorpe - the inaugural artist in residence at the Australian War Memorial.
Another wall of life jackets is spotlit - it is made up of the life jackets that were washed up on the beaches of Chios. It's where more than 3000 asylum seekers lost their lives while trying to make the dangerous journey from Syria to Greece.
Seemingly out of place are a gallery of wedding dresses. Beautiful designs, full of sparkle and the promise of a happy day. The story behind them tells of Raghda Alrawi, a young Syrian dress designer whose life was threatened because she made dresses on naked mannequins. She was forced to flee her country as the crime was punishable by death. The dresses in the gallery were made by Raghda while she was in a refugee camp.