Stepping through the front entrance to the Memorial, your attention is immediately captured by the Commemorative Courtyard.
Roll of Honour
The Roll of Honour contains the names of over 102,000 members of the Australian armed forces who have died during or as a result of war service.
Hall of Memory
The Hall of Memory, set above the Pool of Reflection, is the heart of the Australian War Memorial. It can only be reached by walking past the names of the more than 102,000 who have given their lives in the service of this country.
Tomb of the Unknown Australian soldier
Located in the Hall of Memory, the tomb lies directly beneath the dome, where the souls of the dead are shown ascending to heaven. The tomb is covered with a slab of red marble inscribed with gilded lettering, colours that subtly mirror those of the dome.
Counted among the greatest treasures of the Memorial, the First World War dioramas were constructed in the 1920s: two new Korean dioramas were completed in 2007. Originally built to assist Australians to understand the devastation and danger of battle, the Dioramas are still a stand out feature of the Memorial experience.
Hall of Valour
Amid great battles and the movements of armies, the exploits of courageous individuals have always provided inspiration. The Hall of Valour recognises the deeds of ordinary Australians under the extraordinary conditions of war.
Aircraft Hall contains the exhibition Air power in the Pacific, 1941–53. You can learn about both the practical side of air power – how aircraft work and are put together – and the stories of how it affected everyday life during the Second World War and the Korean War.
Anzac Hall shows some of the Memorial’s most significant large objects, using sound and light in innovative ways: the objects themselves become screens to tell compelling stories of Australia’s servicemen and women.
The Discovery Zone is an educational space for visiting school groups. Children can climb, jump, crawl, touch and explore in all areas of the Discovery Zone. The public is invited to enjoy this space from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm on weekdays and all day during weekends, public holidays and ACT school holidays.
The Memorial opened its Sculpture Garden in January 1999. The Garden is located to the west of the main building and offers a place for quiet contemplation of the sacrifice of the many Australians who have died in war.
Highlight Audio Tour
The highlights audio tour features a 60-minute tour of the First World War, Second World War and Hall of Valour galleries as well as an optional 30-minute tour of the Conflicts 1945 to Today gallery. It is available in multiple languages (English, Mandarin and Hindi) and also includes an Auslan mode for visitors who are hearing impaired.