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National Capital Exhibition

Discover the extraordinary story of Canberra. The people. The plan. The place. The model of the National Capital.

With a panoramic view across Lake Burley Griffin to the landmarks and institutions in the Parliamentary Zone, the National Capital Exhibition is an essential stop for visitors of all ages. Don’t miss the lightshow on the scale model of the National Capital.

Opening hours
The Exhibition is open 9 am – 5 pm weekdays, 10 am – 4 pm weekends, closed public holidays except Australia Day and Canberra Day (second Monday in March).

Group bookings are essential. Book via the website or by phone.

Want more?
The National Capital Exhibition is a gateway to other great attractions in the National Capital including Blundells Cottage, Anzac Parade, the National Carillon, Old Parliament House Gardens and Reconciliation Place.

Onsite Education

Imagining the Capital: Students actively engage with the history of the National Capital, Walter Burley Griffin’s design and its implementation today, through a four-step programme which includes a creative drawing element.

Brick by Brick: Budding architects build their own ideas for the future Capital in our Lego™ activity area. Note: suitable for for 2 x groups of 30 students per hour only. *The LEGO™Group does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this exhibition.

Online Education Resources

A series of online education kits, interactive pre- or post-visit activities and more for primary and high school is available.