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Arts & Museums
This is one of the earliest historical sites in Canberra. Originally used to house rural workers, the cottage was built in the 1830s and offers a unique look into the lives of those who lived here almost two centuries ago. Also located at this site is the newly constructed Evelyn Curley Memorial Environmental Education Center. Learn about current environmental issues facing today's citizens, enjoy a walk across the paddocks to familiarize yourself with the local ecosystem, or take a guided tour.
The Canberra Railway Museum provides a fascinating glimpse of history, and train lovers will be delighted by this hands-on display. The museum is located in a disused railway yard, and houses a collection of old steam engines and train carriages. The highlight of the exhibit is Loco 1210, one of Australia's oldest steam locomotives, built in 1878. There is a collection of vintage carriages and wooden sleepers. Visitors are able to climb aboard the trains, so the exhibition is very popular with children of all ages. Hours vary on last Sundays of the month. The space can also be hired for hosting private or group events and meets. Check website for varying date timings.
This unique and diverse space is an important effort in community art. The gallery space is open and naturally lit and offers a varied and pleasing array of exhibits from fine art to photography to computer generated work. For those who wish to become re-acquainted with the creative process, visit the Spiral Arm Gallery first and walk away inspired. Admission is free. Call for more details on current and upcoming events.
With a brand new location, the M16 is gearing itself up with modern amenities that facilitate the works of a greater number of artists. Consisting of twenty-eight studios that are brilliantly equipped to pacify every technical whim and aesthetic fancy of the artist, the place is an artist's haven. Maintained and run by a bunch of artists themselves, it supplies the amateurs with the artful best. For further information, log on to their website or call for assistance.
Chapman Gallery has displayed a range of Australian contemporary art in changing exhibitions since 1976. Comprising ceramics, paintings and other art forms, the gallery also specializes in the best of Aboriginal art and artifacts from Central Australia and the Western Desert. The gallery is located in a former residential building creating an informal and intimate setting. During its reconstruction, the architect emphasized the natural light and space available so that each artist's work is seen to its best advantage. Works are available for sale and ample parking is provided. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
The pride of Canberra, the National Gallery exhibits collections that highlight the talent of Australian and international artists. A vast range of mediums and styles grace the walls of this contemporary space set on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. The lush sculpture garden is a fine place for quiet breaks and the children's exhibits are sure to please and amaze.There is something for everyone including an extensive gift shop and the gallery's cafes. Special traveling exhibits include renowned national and international art.
For those with a compulsion to uncover the past, visit here first. The storehouse of documents ranges from books, maps, government files, audio tape, artwork and electronic records. The reading room is a peaceful place for the researcher and visitor alike and offers the opportunity to view original records. Visit the Orientation Centre for researching your family history and old photographs. There are two education centers and the Hughes Room is dedicated to microfilm. Located in the shadow of Parliament House, the Archive earns its place among the most important buildings of the nation.
Located near the National Gallery of Australia, this exhibit space is as pleasing as the collection itself. The concept was implemented in 1997 and is growing steadily, due in part to independently commissioned portraits. Historic and contemporary pieces highlight individuals who have made an impact on Australian culture. Gallery tours of the National Portrait Gallery are available and the gift shop has a fine collection of books and gifts. For those not fulfilled by culture alone, the in-house café is open throughout the day. Admission is free. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
Collectively owned and maintained by several institutes including the University of Canberra, the Gallery Of Australian Design is dedicated to promoting the beautiful designs and artworks of Australia. Unique events and discourses are various fun ways used for the purpose. Regular exhibitions displaying the aesthetic best redefine the rules of design and usher in new ideas. For further information, log on to their website.
An integral part of Canberra's history and the original seat of power, the Museum of Australian Democracy occupying the Old Parliament House is a wonderful step back in time. The self-guided tour takes 45 minutes and is a great way to see the building which houses artifacts and other memorabilia that showcases the history of democracy in the country.
Get ready for an earthquake, as the Questacon Centre shakes you up with a wide and exciting variety of exhibitions. Proud of their interactive policy, the museum boasts of over 200 exhibits housed within six enormous galleries. The mysteries of modern technology and science are revealed through touch, sight and sound as the museum encourages hands-on learning. This is a unique museum suitable for the whole family. An in-house café caters to your hunger pangs. Their gift shop makes for a good place to hunt for souvenirs and books. Check website for more details.
The Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS) is a vibrant center for contemporary art, presenting an annual program of a wide range of exhibitions and events by Australian and international artists at three galleries in two locations. The largest gallery is at Gorman House, a heritage site of significance. Complementing the Gorman House Gallery is the small and intimate project space of, The Cube, used to present site-specific work or video and digital works. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.