Access for people with disabilities
Culture Loop Bus Service
Board at any of the conveniently located stops to enjoy the free shuttle service seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. Park once and ride the shuttle to your favourite venues and experience an array of exhibitions, galleries, collections, stories and events.
Check the timetable to plan your trip.
Atrractions and places of interest on the route.
- Canberra Centre, Cooyong Street, Canberra City (near Target), 6247 5611
- NewActon, Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra, 6171 8400
- National Museum Of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, 6208 5000
- National Film And Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, 6248 2000
- National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point, Commonwealth Park, 6272 2902 and Canberra And Region Visitors Centre, Regatta Point, Commonwealth Park, 1300 554 114
- National Library Of Australia, 20 Parkes Place, Parkes, 6262 1111 and Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes, 6270 2800
- Museum Of Australian Democracy, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, 6270 8222
- Australian Parliament House, Federation Mall, Capital Hill, 6277 5399
- Canberra Museum And Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra City, 6207 3968
The museum is accessible from Canberra’s City Centre via Transport Canberra. Take the bus number 7, 5 and 2 runs from the City depot. The closest bus stop is Parkes Place (Stop ID: 3260), just 450m away from the Museum.
The terrain is generally flat or rising gradually to the south-west. There are reasonably level footpaths bordering the parks and curb ramps provided at most corners.
Signposted accessible parking is available at the front of the building. It is located close to the accessible entrance which is on ground level. Passengers can also be dropped off directly at the front steps of the museum.
Please follow the directional signage or telephone reception on (02) 6270 8222 for more details.
Almost all of the museum is accessible for people in wheelchairs. Visitors requiring accessible entry to the museum can enter at ground level on either side of the main steps. Please press the buzzer for assistance and the door will be opened for you remotely.
There are 16 steep steps from ground level to reception and then 16 steps to the main floor of the museum or 8 steps to the lower level. There is a handrail for the majority of the route and the main doors are not difficult to open.
Courtesy wheelchairs and strollers
Wheelchairs and strollers are available free of charge, for use in the museum. These can be pre-booked by calling (02) 6270 8222 or requested on arrival on a first come basis.
Electric scooters may be used in all areas of the museum although some areas have narrow corridors and tight turns.
Admission and Companion Card
Admission to the museum is $2 for adults, $1 for children and concessions and $5 for families. We are a member of the National Companion Card scheme. Presentation of this card means your companion is admitted free of charge.
To preserve the heritage coverings and furniture of the building we ask visitors to cloak large backpacks, umbrellas, camera tripods, food and drink. Cloaking is available upon entry at Reception.
The museum comprises three levels (lower, main and upper) with a mixture of carpet, wood, linoleum, tile and concrete floor surfaces. All areas of the museum are accessible to people in wheelchairs although some areas have narrow corridors and tight turns. There is level access to both Chambers, however two small steps inside the Senate Chamber and three small steps inside the House of Representatives Chamber make some areas of the Chambers inaccessible for wheelchairs.
We have lift access to all floors. Most lifts have vocal announcements and all have controls at a height suitable for wheelchair users. The lifts hold one person in a wheelchair and a maximum of two other people standing. All doorways to public areas are held open other than those to toilets. The courtyards can be accessed via ramps with handrails. Almost all stairs in the museum have handrails.
Accessible toilets are on the lower and main floors and in the courtyards. The signage features Braille. The cafe is accessible with a convenient height servery and indoor seating options. Takeaway food can be consumed in the courtyards.
Interpretive presentations and programs
The museum offers guided tours and other activities. All presentations are wheelchair accessible.
There are numerous interpretive text panels throughout the building and exhibition spaces and some (but not all) audio-visual presentations are subtitled, captioned or accompanied by written transcripts.
We are working towards ensuring that our website complies with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
First aid assistance is provided by Security staff. You can contact Security staff through a member of the Visitor Services team or approach them directly. A first aid room is available for visitors on the lower floor.
Dog guides and assistance animals are welcome in all public areas of the museum.
Audio induction loops are installed in the Members’ Dining Room (our functions area) for improved sound quality for visitors with hearing aids.
The lighting levels throughout the museum vary according to interpretive and exhibition needs. Some exhibits have low level lighting to protect the objects on display.
If the museum has to be evacuated announcements will be made and an alarm will sound. The Visitor Services team will help visitors to leave the building safely.
If you require a taxi please ask the Visitor Services team or Security. They will be happy to call a taxi for you.