Plan your visit
The Australian War Memorial is open to the public with a new temporary entrance.
Visitors will require timed tickets to enter the Memorial galleries, and also to attend the daily Last Post Ceremony at 4:45 pm in the Commemorative Area.
Ticket bookings open now. Access to the Memorial entrance and visitor carpark is via Fairbairn Avenue.
Bookings are essential for all visiting school and school-aged groups.
School and school aged group bookings
Napier Waller Art Prize
Applications for the 2024 Napier Waller Art Prize are open now, with veterans from across the country invited to apply.
Applications close midnight Sunday 17 December 2023.
The Napier Waller Art Prize is open to all current and former service personnel in the Australian Defence Force. The prize encourages artistic excellence, promotes the transformative power of creativity, and raises awareness of the experiences and talent of service personnel.
Vivian Bullwinkel sculpture unveiled
The Australian War Memorial has unveiled a sculpture of Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel AO, MBE, ARRC, ED, in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial, the first of an individual nurse or woman.
A collaborative project with the Australian College of Nursing, the sculpture recognises not only Bullwinkel, but all Australian nurses who have lost their lives, survived atrocities or made sacrifices while serving their country.
The sculpture, created by Brisbane-based artist Dr Charles Robb, includes 22 inlaid stainless steel discs reflecting the 22 women killed in the Banka Island Massacre, of which Vivian Bullwinkel was the sole survivor. The discs are arranged at the base of the sculpture as a reflection of the stars that would have been visible in the night sky on 16 February 1942.
Explore a selection of resources related to the wartime experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Please be advised that the following pages contain the names, images and objects of deceased people.
Lance Sergeant Ronald Chambers sent 85 letters and postcards to his parents and siblings between 1941 and 1945, while a prisoner of war.
Baden Pascoe was with his parents when the news came. His older brother Percival had been serving as a stoker aboard the light cruiser HMAS Sydney when it was sunk by the German raider Kormoran in November 1941.
For more than five consecutive years almost 2,500 unarmed Australian military and civilian monitors worked closely with the Bougainvillean people, at times in isolated and remote parts of Buka and Bougainville Islands, to support peacebuilding in a region that had been exposed to almost a decade of violence.