Why is a redevelopment needed?
There have been significant changes to way we live and the technology we use since the Australian War Memorial opened in 1941. The time has come to modernise and redevelop the Memorial to ensure we continue to meet the expectations of museum visitors into the future.
Just a fraction of the Memorial’s collection is currently on display. The stories of Australian military service from the Boer War through to the First and Second World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam are largely told in crowded galleries. The service of 70,000 Australians in the Middle East Area of operations over the past two decades currently occupies only 2 per cent of available space.
Visitor numbers, including former and current serving veterans are increasing. We have the opportunity and responsibility to tell their stories; the stories of peacekeeping and humanitarian operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Solomon Islands, and East Timor; and the stories of families who love and support servicemen and servicewomen. We must tell these stories now, not years or decades after they have occurred.
Watch this video to learn about our plans for the future of the Australian War Memorial.