Current Exhibitions

E00426 The Band of the 5th Australian Infantry Brigade, led by Bandmaster Sergeant A Peagam of the 19th Battalion, passing through the Grande Place (Town Square) of Bapaume, playing the “Victoria March”

Music and the First World War

Research Centre

13 June 2019 - 4 November 2019

Music and the First World War provides a small insight into the experiences of bandsmen, entertainers, soldier composers and their audiences while on active service during the First World War. Through the Memorial’s collection of photographs, diaries, letters, instruments, concert programs and written sheet music, this exhibition reveals the important ways in which music enabled people to deal with their experiences.

Image: courtesy of US Naval History and Heritage Command, #26-G-2343

D-Day: the Australian Story

Thousands of Australians risked their lives to play a part in the liberation of France. Theirs is a little known contribution to one of history’s most dramatic events. Visit the exhibition to hear their story.

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After The War

After the War is an exhibition exploring the personal stories of hope, loss,and love of ordinary Australians whose lives have been altered by war, from those who have served to loved ones left behind. Take an intimate journey through the personal costs and consequences of war, unfolding over 100 years from 1918 to 2018.

Commemorating the military service and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have fought to protect their country.

For Our Country

Commemorating the military service and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have fought to protect their country.

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.

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The Colonial Conflicts

Lower Level

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

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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.

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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.

Afghanistan

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.

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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.