Current Exhibitions

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The Courage for Peace

Special exhibitions gallery

On display now

Australia’s peacemakers, peacekeepers, disaster-relief workers, and capacity builders operate in the midst of tension. They work with strategic minds and courageous hearts to avert tragedy and build peace. The Courage for Peace tells the story of their crucial work, showing how the conditions for peace are forged by the difficult, necessary, ongoing commitment of many.

Survivors of the Japanese ship Rakuyo Maru. Hutchinson, P02018.326

Against All Odds

Anzac Hall

Against All Odds is an exhibition exploring just a few of the amazing stories of how courage, determination, and sometimes a little bit of luck can be all that stands between a person and death, wounding, or capture. 


Laughter: A Powerful Ally

5 November 2019 – November 2020

In times of adversity, people often look to humour to keep up their spirits. This exhibition tells the story of comedy performance spanning the First World War through to recent conflicts. 

Brothers in arms

Brothers in Arms: the Vietnamese Australian experience of the Vietnam War

Captain Reg Saunders Gallery

On display until April 2020

This exhibition showcases two new art commissions by artist Dr Dacchi Dang and are the first substantial acquisition for the Memorial’s collection from the Vietnamese Australian perspective on the Vietnam War.

Discovery zone

Discovery Zone

Open weekdays between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm during the school term, and all day on weekends.

Ever wondered what life was like on board a submarine during the Cold War? Visit the Discovery Zone to find out. You can also practice Morse code in a First World War trench, experience the Australian home front during the Second World War, explore a Vietnam-era Iroquois helicopter, and try your hand at some of the jobs done by today’s peacekeepers.Find out more information on availability during the school holidays.

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.

Afganistan soldiers

Afghanistan: the Australian story

Lower level

Discover the extraordinary efforts of Australians in Afghanistan through the words of our veterans and their families.

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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.