Venue Hire

The Australian War Memorial's magnificent heritage building is situated beneath picturesque Mt Ainslie, only two minutes from Canberra's city centre and ten minutes from the airport. The Memorial is one of the world's great museums and renowned for its extensive collection of art, relics, photographs, film and sound commemorating the sacrifice of Australians at war.

Our unique function spaces are set among large rare, historic objects and authentic works of art created by some of Australia’s leading artists. The Memorial is one of very few places where you can dine amid such amazing objects, making it one your delegates will remember.

To complement your functions the Memorial can arrange gallery tours, performances, audiovisual screenings and ceremonies for your guests.

Venues available for hire

Poppy's café

Poppy's café is a beautiful restaurant with full working kitchen that overlooks the Memorial and our beautiful grounds, and is available evenings for functions. With direct parking beneath and separate entry Poppy's is perfect for cocktail or banquet functions with a difference.

Available after hours
Capacity: 150 pax cocktail; 100 pax banquet  (120 with outdoor seating)

For enquiries and bookings please contact us on 02 6263 6600

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Sculpture Garden

The Sculpture Garden is located on the western side of the main Memorial building, and provides a tranquil and picturesque setting for outdoor functions. The Garden is dotted with memorials to specific conflicts or services, including the BCOF Memorial, Womens' Services Memorial Merchant Navy Memorial. It has hard stand areas suitable for the erection of marquees, as well as extensive manicured lawns, and a variety of mainly cold-climate trees. Power is available at several points.

Capacity: by arrangement

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Highlights tour for private functions

Accompany staff on a tour of the Memorial’s galleries, and uncover the fascinating stories behind diaries, uniforms, medals, transport, or works of art for example. Hear about some of the men and women who have served Australia for over 100 years. These tours may include a viewing of the Commemorative Area, the First World War or Second World War galleries, Hall of Valour, or Aircraft Hall depending on the length of tour and interests of the group.

Length of tour: 30-45 minutes
Group size: up to 150 people.

For groups over 150 people, please contact or 02 6113 0635 to discuss options.


Enquires about function at the Memorial can be directed to our hospitality partner, Trippas White Group.

Phone our dedicated events team on 02 6113 0635 or email

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