The Australian War Memorial's magnificent heritage building is situated beneath picturesque Mt Ainslie, only two minutes from Canberra's city centre and ten minutes from the airport. The Memorial is one of the world's great museums and renowned for its extensive collection of art, relics, photographs, film and sound commemorating the sacrifice of Australians at war.

Our unique function spaces are set among large rare, historic objects and authentic works of art created by some of Australia’s leading artists. The Memorial is one of very few places where you can dine amid such amazing objects.

The Memorial’s newly refurbished venues will provide your function with a difference, making it one your delegates will remember.

To complement your functions the Memorial can arrange gallery tours, performances, audiovisual screenings and ceremonies for your guests.


Venues available for hire

ANZAC Hall

ANZAC Hall

ANZAC Hall offers a truly unique dining experience where you can wine and dine among historic items, authentic objects and great works of art depicting Australia’s military history.

ANZAC Hall has three separate areas which you can use during your function, making the space suitable for large gala diners, presentations, cocktail functions, or smaller boutique functions. Each area is surrounded by large war relics including the massive Lancaster bomber, "G for George", a midget submarine, and rare First World War aircraft.

Give your delegates an experience they will never forget by scheduling any of our four audiovisual shows during your function. Watch Peter Jackson’s amazing depiction of First World aerial combat in Over the front: the Great War in the air; see a daring Bomber Command raid involving “G for George” in Striking by night; experience Sydney in 1942 when the Japanese midget submarines raided the harbour in Sydney under attack; or see the famous SydneyEmden fight in Our first naval victory. These multimedia shows can be scheduled complimentary during your function in ANZAC Hall.

Available after hours
Mezzanine capacity: 100 pax cocktail or banquet
Lower level capacity: 350 pax cocktail or banquet

BAE Systems Theatre

BAE Systems Theatre

The BAE Systems Theatre is a premium conference facility available to the corporate, Government and other user groups who have a need for general and high tech theatre conferencing. The BAE Systems Theatre is a fully functioning Dolby theatre and self contained presentation venue offering a one-stop conferencing facility. You can complement your function with guided tours or special presentations by the Memorial's curators and historians.

The audiovisual equipment available in the Theatre is part of a convenient single hire package and includes microphones, recording facilities, projectors, panel tables, and our Theatre Manager who is available to arrange all technical requirements, as well as to assist with testing and set up. Adjoining the Theatre is the Courtyard Gallery, this space is also included in the cost of hiring the Theatre and is perfect for breakout, lunches and morning/afternoon teas. 

Capacity: 190 pax theatre style

Courtyard Gallery

Courtyard Gallery

The Courtyard Gallery is the dedicated breakout space for the BAE Systems Theatre. However, it is also available separately as a function space, and is ideal for cocktail parties, book launches or similar. The Courtyard Gallery has its own dedicated entry, or can be accessed from the Memorial's galleries. It contains a podium on which a lectern can be located, as well as a reception desk and cloaking facilities.

Business hours capacity: 190 pax cocktail
After hours capacity: 190 pax cocktail; 60 pax banquet

The Terrace café

The Terrace café

The Terrace at the Memorial is a beautiful restaurant with full working kitchen that overlooks the Memorial and our beautiful grounds, and is available evenings for functions. With direct parking beneath and separate entry the Terrace is perfect for cocktail or banquet functions with a difference.

Available after hours
Capacity: 150 pax cocktail; 100 pax banquet  (120 with outdoor seating)

Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden

The Sculpture Garden is located on the western side of the main Memorial building, and provides a tranquil and picturesque setting for outdoor functions. The Garden is dotted with memorials to specific conflicts or services, including the BCOF Memorial, Womens' Services Memorial Merchant Navy Memorial. It has hard stand areas suitable for the erection of marquees, as well as extensive manicured lawns, and a variety of mainly cold-climate trees. Power is available at several points.

Capacity: by arrangement

Orientation Gallery

The Orientation Gallery is suitable for cocktail receptions, and is particularly appropriate for those wishing to hold a reception followed by guided tours of the Memorial's exhibits. It is only available outside of Memorial opening hours, and entry is via the Memorial's main entrance.

Available after hours

Premium services

Guided tours
We can tailor pre-dinner tours of the Memorial's galleries, guided by an expert, to fit your particular needs. Guests can discover an outstanding collection of works by Australian artists including Arthur Streeton, William Dobell and Sidney Nolan, or take a close look at the Hall of Valour which honours the ninety-eight Australians who have received the Victoria Cross, the highest award for bravery in time of war. 

Corporate gifts
To complement your special occasion at the Memorial, consider a memento from the Memorial Shop - an historic poster, souvenir or Wartime magazine.

Contact

Enquiries about functions at the Memorial should be directed to Hudsons Catering