The Memorial commemorates our living history – for every veteran and for every Australian

The Australian War Memorial is modernising and expanding its galleries to tell Australia’s continuing story of service and sacrifice.

Over the past three decades, more than 100,000 Australians have served in war, conflict, peacekeeping, and humanitarian and disaster relief operations around the world. Today, their stories remain mostly untold.

Our plans will allow us, for the first time, to create a permanent display dedicated to the stories of our nation’s recent service and Australia’s efforts to prevent war and contribute to peace.

This continuing story will connect the spirit of our past, present and future for generations to come.

Our Vision

Through the modernisation and expansion of our galleries and buildings we will tell the continuing story of Australia’s contemporary contribution to a better world.

Gallery development

Our new exhibition spaces will allow us to tell the stories of these veterans and to recognise their service.

Current works

Visitors will now begin to notice changes around our external grounds when they arrive at the Memorial.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

The Australian War Memorial acknowledges the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia. We recognise their continuing connection to land, sea and waters. We pay our respects to elders past and present.