Current Exhibitions

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From the Shadows: Australia’s Special Forces

Special Exhibitions Gallery

Their activities are secret. Their missions classified. Their identities protected.

Over 600 objects, rarely seen by the public, tell the story of how Australia’s Special Forces operate in secrecy to protect our national interests and support our allies.

Dita Bala, Kelabit chief from Long Dati, and Major Gordon “Toby” Carter, Z Special Unit, commanding Operation Semut, Sarawak, Borneo, 1945.

A Matter of Trust: Dayaks & Z Special Unit Operatives in Borneo 1945

Mezzanine Gallery, Anzac Hall

During the war Australia trained and deployed special agents throughout the Pacific and Asia to work behind enemy lines on a variety of missions to gain intelligence and disrupt the enemy. This exhibition explores the work of Z Special Unit operatives in Borneo and the relationships developed between the members of Z Special Unit and the indigenous, especially Dayak, populations. 

Lance Corporal Saulo Waia being interviewed by Dr Robert Hall, 1991

Telling Their Stories

Research Centre, Reading Room

Telling Their Stories looks at the changing nature of how the Memorial has told the stories of Australia’s servicemen and servicewomen over time.

The exhibition explores the behind-the-scenes activities of the Memorial and shows how our current practices both continue and renew the work of the past.


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.