Australian War Memorial

Looking for tourist attractions in Canberra? The Australian War Memorial is one of Canberra’s best local attractions and located just 600 meters from the Mercure Canberra.

When you visit and stay in Canberra, one local attraction should be on top of your “Canberra things to do” list. The Australian War Memorial.

Every Australian should visit this beautiful shrine to those that have served. It’s quiet halls and gardens of reflection build a solemn mood of remembrance and it’s exhibitions and galleries are world class.

The best collection of military memorabilia in the country is housed here, along with the largest collection of The Victoria Cross (VC).

Getting to the Australian War Memorial when you are staying in at the Mercure Canberra couldn’t be easier, it is a 600 meter walk from our front door or a 1 minute drive carpark to carpark.

You can easily spend the entire day browsing the collections, which include

  • art
  • photographs
  • film and sound recordings
  • private correspondence
  • personal items
  • massive field guns
  • firearms
  • tanks and vehicles
  • aircraft.

If you would like a more in depth visit, there are free guided 90 minute highlight tours of the galleries every day. Tours leave from the Orientation Gallery every 30 minutes, starting at 10am until 2pm. Group visits can also receive a tailored tour to suit their interests…a great way to highlight your group’s “Tourist attractions in Canberra ” experience. Please contact the Australian War memorial for up to date visitor information. COVID-19 may have altered opening times and entry requirements.


Running from the 25th of September 2020 till the 27th of January 2021 the Australian War Memorial will be sharing the stories from the Australian Armed Forces through a unique medium, tattoos.

Find out more about this special exhibition Ink In The Lines 

Contact reservations today to book your accommodation or use the booking calendar found in the top right hand corner.