• Exhibition time

Australian War Memorial Storage Facility, Callan Street, Mitchell, ACT
10 am – 3 pm (Last entry at 2.30 pm)
5 October 2019
Entry by donation

For one day only our storage facility will be open for a behind-the-scenes look at our extensive collection of aircraft, helicopters, rockets, transport vehicles, tanks, artillery and equipment used by – or against – Australians for over a century of conflict and peacekeeping activities.

Take a close look at some of the newest additions to the Memorial’s collection including the RF-111C aircraft, a major piece of Australian aviation history and hear the stories of the objects that will be on display.

Accessing the event

Road closures will be in effect on Callan Street, Mitchell from 8 am until 4 pm on Saturday 5 October 2019.

Parking close to the Mitchell Annex is limited and whilst there is parking throughout the Mitchell area, local businesses will be open and operating their standard Saturday trading hours. There will be a mobility impaired drop off outside the Mitchell Annexes with vehicles managed by traffic controllers on the day. The use public transport is recommended, times, routes and information can be found at the Transport Canberra website.

Terms and conditions of entry

  • Closed, flat footwear is required.
  • For visitor safety, numbers allowed inside the warehouses will be limited and there may be a wait to enter. The Memorial appreciates visitors understanding in this regard.
  • Visitors are permitted to take photographs of the objects however, for safety reasons tripods and 'selfie sticks' are not permitted.
  • In order to protect the collection, no food or drink is permitted within the buildings (with the exception of bottled water).
  • Smoking is not permitted.
  • Large bags and overcoats are not allowed in the building without specific approval from Memorial staff.
  • Visitors must follow the marked path around the collection and not touch objects within the building. Although the objects were robustly designed for military conditions, they are now preserved for the nation in a museum environment and must be treated appropriately. Oily and acidic residues from the skin can damage the surface of the object.

General Information

  • Information on Big Things in Store, becoming a Friend or volunteer at the Memorial will be located at the entry
  • Temporary toilets and first-aid services will be provided on site. Please note, wheelchairs will not be available to loan for public use
  • A pop up Memorial shop will be in operation  
  • Light refreshments will be available for purchase including tea, coffee, soft drinks and a sausage sizzle. Please note food and drink is not permitted within the buildings with the exception of bottled water.

 

Want to see what's landed? Read about some of the objects on display at Big Things in Store below.

  1. Australian War Memorial welcomes “chook” home to roost

    19 April 2016

    Chinook A15-202 was one of the first Australian aircraft deployed to the war in Afghanistan. It operated over four separate rotations, a total of 513 days, carrying Australian and coalition forces into combat environments and undertaking artillery emplacement and battlefield re-supply.

  2. Squirrel helicopter arrives at the Memorial

    30 August 2017

    It was known as a “battle budgie” and had a picture of The Simpsons character Barney Gumble painted on its side. And now the Memorial wants to find out more about its history.

  3. 'I'm biased, but I think it's the best thing in the Memorial'

    05 September 2019

    It was affectionately known as “the pig” for its ability to fly low and fast during bombing runs, but to pilot Geoffrey Talbot the F-111 was simply “magnificent”.

  4. Von Braun’s earlier space shots

    19 July 2019

    Von Braun had a dream to see humanity travel to space but to Hitler and his party, ‘wonder weapons’ such as the V2 could turn the tide and bring the allies to the bargaining table.

  5. 'Every time you get in it you feel safe – you know you’re coming home'

    04 December 2017

    It was a day of mixed emotions for Warrant Officer Benjamin Sime as he climbed out of the Royal Australian Navy’s last operational Seahawk “Bravo” helicopter for the final time.