"Honour their spirit"

Frequently asked questions

Centenary of Armistice

To commemorate the centenary of the Armistice, an innovative program will run at the Memorial from Friday 5 October to Remembrance Day, Sunday 11 November 2018. View the full Program of Events.

What is ‘Honour Their Spirit’?

To commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War, a creative public program will run at the Australian War Memorial from 5 October to Remembrance Day, 11 November 2018. The program calls on Australians to ‘Honour Their Spirit’ and remember the impact of the First World War and the 62,000 servicemen and women who gave their lives for our freedoms. The Australian community is also using social media to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice by sharing pictures and stories using the hashtag #HonourTheirSpirit.

62,000 Poppies display

From Friday 5 October until Sunday 11 November, 62,000 handcrafted poppies will be displayed on the Memorial’s Sculpture Garden to represent each Australian life lost in the First World War.  These poppies have been created by volunteers from around Australia and will be on display from 9am and lit for public viewing until 10pm each day.  The installation was created in collaboration with 5000 Poppies Project and Phillip Johnson Landscapes.

We appreciate your support and rely on public donations to go above and beyond our business as usual activities. You can make a contribution via our online donation form: www.awm.gov.au/donate. Donations are also accepted in our donation boxes located in the front foyer of the Australian War Memorial.

Can I plant a poppy?

No. The 62,000 poppies are an installation created in collaboration with 5000 Poppies Project and Phillip Johnson Landscapes. Each poppy represents an individual name on the First World War Roll of Honour.

Can I buy a poppy?

Yes. Handcrafted brooches are available for purchase from our shop and online from 5 October. For more information, visit our website: www.awm.gov.au/shop

You can pre-order a bunch of 5 poppies from the 62,000 display to keep as a memento of the Centenary of Armistice. They will be posted out from 12 November once the poppy display closes. To pre-order your poppies, contact e-Sales Unit on (02) 6243 4555 or esales@awm.gov.au.

Commemorative area late night opening dates and times

Fridays and Saturdays from 5 October to 10 November 2018

6.30 to 10pm (except 10 November 2018 which will be 6-10pm)

Voluntary guides will offer insights into the space and stories behind just some of those on the Roll of Honour, which lists the names of more than 102,000 men and women who have given their lives for us in war and operations for more than a century.  As the Centenary of ANZAC moves to a close, come and listen to the recorded voices of Australian schoolchildren reciting the names of the men and women who died serving our nation during the First World War.

Toilets and food

For refreshments during your evening visit to the Australian War Memorial, Poppy's Café will be open until 9pm. An assortment of hot food and drinks are available, view the Poppy's Late Night Menu. 

Restroom facilities are also available at Poppy’s Café.

Map of the Australian War Memorial

Map of the Australian War Memorial

Floriade

A free shuttle bus service courtesy of the Canberra Centre will operate during Floriade, stopping at the Australian War Memorial.

  • Bus services will run Monday to Sunday, every hour between 10am and 5pm from 15 September – 14 October.
  • Drop off and pick up at the Australian War Memorial will be at the bus stop opposite Poppy’s café on the Eastern Access Road.
  • The below map and timetable can be found on the Canberra Centre website: www.canberracentre.com.au/articles/floriade-bus-timetable
Bus timetable

Bus timetable

Map of Floriade bus route

Map of Floriade bus route

Remembrance Day 2018

Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11am on 11 November, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflict.  This year marks the centenary of the signing of the armistice which ended the First World War.

National Ceremony

The National Ceremony will commence at 10:30am on Sunday 11 November and conclude at approximately 12noon. All ticketed guests are asked to be seated by 10:15am, as all vacant seats will be opened to be filled by general public at 10:20am. For those unable to book tickets the ceremony can be viewed on large screens placed within the grounds. More details can be found on the Remembrance Day 2018 page.

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