Planning your visit
Most historic spaces and exhibitions are now open.
PlayUP is back with sessions available daily from 19 October. Bookings are essential.Book PlayUP tickets
DressUP, the House of Representatives Chamber, the upper level Press Gallery, and exhibition spaces currently under redevelopment will remain closed at this time, but stay tuned for further updates via our website and social media channels.
Please help keep our community safe by observing hygiene and physical distancing measures, and postponing your visit to the museum if you are unwell.
Getting to the museum
The hours of pay parking operation are 8.30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
· Limited short stay parking is available throughout the Parliamentary Triangle, including around Old Parliament House.
· The NCA has produced a map showing the areas in Parkes where pay parking applies.
Transport Canberra Bus Services
The museum is accessible from Canberra’s City Centre via Transport Canberra.
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.
General access to the building is currently via six steps on the right side of the front terrace of Old Parliament House to the lower level of the museum. For visitors unable to use stairs, stairless access is available via the lower entry which is located to the right of the front stairs.
To preserve our heritage building, we ask visitors to avoid bringing large backpacks, coats, umbrellas, camera tripods, food and drink or other items which may need cloaking. Very limited cloaking services are available at this time.
For safety reasons, visitors may be required to present their bags for inspection.
Our staff can book taxis for you on request at the Reception Desk.