If you see Australia’s national capital as little more than politicians trading insults, you’d be underestimating what Canberra has to offer. Look beyond the stereotypes and you’ll find a variety of national institutions, most with free admission, awaiting your arrival. Stay at any Best Western in Canberra and discover the hidden treasures of the capital.
National Gallery of Australia
Admission to the permanent collection is free. The gallery also houses a number of excellent temporary exhibitions including masterpieces from famous art galleries around the world. It’s advisable to book ahead as these exhibitions are normally very popular.
National Museum of Australia
With lots of exciting developments underway, the museum is a great place to explore the issues, events and people that have helped shape the nation. There is plenty to see and it provides a snapshot of Aussie culture for overseas visitors.
Australian War Memorial
Sombre and uplifting, the War Memorial embodies the spirit of the Aussie digger. There are plenty of interactive activities and the museum regularly loans many relics from abroad that have never been seen before in Australia.
National Archives of Australia
The archives contain some fascinating exhibits, including the nation’s ‘birth certificate’, signed by Queen Victoria. On a modern scale it provides iPod guides to its ‘Memories of a Nation’ display, containing quirky and intriguing items from UFO sightings to ASIO targets.
National Film & Sound Archive / Arc Cinema
This 1930s Art Deco building is heaven for film buffs, especially since the opening of Arc, a cinema with state-of-the-art projection equipment. It screens archive files from the 19th century to present, drawing on more than 100 years of film, radio and television history.
Best Western has a range of hotels and motels conveniently located in Canberra, with many offering packages with entry to exhibitions run by Canberra’s national institutions. You can book your Best Western Canberra holiday online or by calling 131 779.