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The Museum Cafe - National Museum of Australia

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published May 30th 2015
Coffee with a side of culture - Canberra style
This Café has one of the best views of Lake Burley Griffin that you will find in this beautiful city. From enjoying the view at one of the many outside tables, or from sitting inside admiring the architecture, you will always have something to look at whilst dining at this cosy Café.

The outside shape of this Café is quite unusual, which fits in with the rest of the architectural lines of the Museum. If you are visiting Canberra for the first time, or new to town, the National Museum is the unusual colourful building with the loop over it that you see as you cross one of the main bridges over Lake Burley Griffin. When we first moved here we thought it was a rollercoaster!

The buildings architects (Melbourne architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall and peckvonhartel) wanted to reflect the many intertwined stories of Australia's past - which includes the 30 metre tangled loop ("The Uluru Line") above the Museum.

National Museum of Australia, Canberra
The National Museum aerial view - courtesy of the National Museum of Australia website.


The Museum Cafe, The National Museum of Australia
Museum Cafe - view back from Lake Burley Griffin


The Museum Café has an extensive range of cakes, pastries and drinks from the display cases to choose from. The Menu changes weekly due to seasonal produce, so if you would like to see what they have on offer it is best to check their website before you go, or enjoy the surprise.

With items on the menu including gourmet focaccia's and pides, pot pies, homemade sausage rolls, fish specialities, a variety of salads, beer battered chips and more. Also the specials boards provide more substantial restaurant choices, so you will find something to your taste or budget.

Museum Cafe, The National Museum of Australia, Canberra
Menu and Specials boards


There is plenty of seating inside and out. The location provides a handy view of the Captain Cook Memorial jet which shoots up water between 2pm - 4pm daily.

The Museum Cafe, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
Outside seating with views of the jet.


Museum Cafe, the National Muesum of Australia
Plenty of seating inside and out.


With such an interesting (free!) Museum outside, the kids will enjoy wandering around and exploring all the exhibits. There is Phar Lap's heart on display, a piece of ochre used by Aboriginal artists over 50,000 years ago and if you take the kids outside they will enjoy exploring the tunnels and hills of "The Garden of Australian Dreams" - a stylised map of Australia where each step you take equals 100km.

National Museum of Australia, The Garden of Australian Dreams
The Garden of Australian Dreams - fun for the kids to run around on afterwards.


There are kids activities and displays designed just for children, so if you want to make more of your Café visit with your family, allow yourself plenty of time and check out the "Families Page" section on their website before you go.

Having such a scenic Café, in such an interesting location inside our National Museum, Canberra has a Café experience with culture that you are sure to enjoy.

Coffee with a side of culture - Canberra style!

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Why? Coffee and culture - all in the one place!
When: Open 9am - 4:45pm daily (except Christmas day)
Phone: (02) 6208 5179
Where: Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Canberra
Cost: Menu prices.
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