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What is Canberra's Best Museum?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published November 13th 2011
Canberra is an often skipped over region of Australia, that has a lot more to offer than just being our nation's capital. Set amongst all those roundabouts are also great restaurants, a unique wine region, spectacular galleries, and of course, plenty of museums. Covering anything from natural history, to war, to science, Canberra has got a museum to just about cover it all. We're looking for Canberra's best museum, and we need your help.

The Australian War Memorial

The National Museum of Australia features an impressive collection of items that help detail Australia's history. From those that help tell the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures, to those looking at Australian society post 1788. The general idea behind this museum is to tell the Australian story, the story of this land, and of the people that have inhabited it through time. You might not find yourself walking in the path of dinosaurs, but you will find out about Australia's long, remarkable, and sometimes sad history.

Another museum that is filled with some sadness, is the museum at the Australian War Memorial. Walking through these halls you can learn about Australia's role in the two World Wars, and the many conflicts that have followed. It is a museum that raises many questions, and is not afraid to question the validity of war. At the same time, it is a museum that remembers and pays tribute to the many men and women who have fought and died at war, this is continued further in the greater memorial.

A Display at the Canberra Deep Space Centre

Then there are the museums that look at the amazing. It could be the small museum that makes up the Canberra Deep Space Centre's visitors centre, or the impressive Questacon building, that celebrates all things science. Perhaps you prefer palaeontology and would rather wander through the National Dinosaur Museum. If you're a fan of politics then maybe wandering through Old Parliament House to view the Museum of Australian Democracy is your favourite pastime.

So which one is Canberra's best? It can come down to the amazing artefacts that are held inside, or interactive exhibits that challenge the mind, or it can simply be due to a brilliant curator who knows how to tell a story. We want to know which Canberra museum you think is the best.
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