National Museum of Australia

Top choice museum in Acton

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As well as telling Australia's national story, this museum hosts blockbuster touring exhibitions (admission prices vary). Highlights include the Gallery of First Australians, which explains the history and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the Garden of Australian Dreams, an interactive outdoor exhibition. The disjointed layout of the displays can sometimes be confusing; one way to get the best out of the museum is to take a one-hour guided tour (adult/child $15/10, 10am, 1pm and 3pm daily).