Current Exhibitions


For Country, For Nation

Lower Level

For Country, for Nation presents a diverse range of art, objects, photographs and stories from across Australia to explore.

Badhu Koewbu Gidhal: Stories of the war from Badu Island

Badhu Koewbu Gidhal: Stories of the war from Badu Island

Reg Saunders Gallery, Lower Level

These large-scale dynamic linocut prints by artists from Badu Art Centre on Badu Island in the Torres Strait are currently on display in Reg Saunders Gallery and as part of NAIDOC week.

Temporary exhibition

The Deceiving Eye

Mezzanine Gallery, Anzac Hall

During the Second World War Australian artist Frank Hinder played an instrumental role in the development of camouflage for the military.

Temporary Exhibition

The Holocaust: Witnesses and Survivors

Ground Level

This exhibition represents the Holocaust through the experiences of some of the survivors who made new lives in post-war Australia, as well as those of Australian official war artist Alan Moore.

colonial galleries

The Colonial Conflicts

Lower Level

These galleries tell of Australia’s early military history from European settlement to the end of the Boer War.

First world war gallery

First World War Gallery

Ground Level

The exhibition presents the story of Australia in the First World War chronologically, covering all major theatres of operations: Gallipoli; the Western Front; Sinai and Palestine; and the war at sea.

Second world war gallery

Second World War Gallery

Ground Level

The Second World War Galleries show how Australians fought in campaigns in Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa and south-east Asia. It covers the experience of those on the home front, for it was during this war that the Australian mainland came under direct attack for the first time.


Conflicts 1945 to Today

Lower Level

This series of exhibitions combine cutting edge technology with large iconic objects to tell powerful stories about Australian involvement in conflicts over six decades.

eternal flame

Memorial Features

In addition to our exhibitions, our historical building is something to explore. Find out the significance and commemorative roll of different parts of our incredible building, and special galleries such as Anzac Hall.