Considered one of the greatest attractions in the country, the Australian War Memorial stands at the top of Anzac Parade. The memorial is actually home to a vast collection of intriguing pictures, media and other useful information about historical war. It also includes personal as well as public records among other vital elements. The array of collection at the Australian War Memorial reflects a good number of war and armed conflicts attributed to Australia worldwide. They include World War I and II, South African War, Gulf War, Korean War among others that top the list.
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Location of the memorial
The massive sandstone building that captures the look of a Byzantine church is merely half an hour walk from the city centre. It lies at the suburb of Campbell at Treloar Crescent. You can visit the Memorial using whichever means you find suitable. As a group, a minivan or coach bus will offer you a great transportation service. If you like some privacy, local bus services will never suffice for the trip. The good thing about Canberra is its private transportation services. Transport Network Australia, for instance, will provide you with convenient transportation services that perfectly meet your schedule. We are only a call, text or email away if you need some transportation services particularly to the Memorial.
The Discovery Zone
This is an educational zone mainly for school groups. The public only gets access to this place between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. during the weekdays. During the weekends and public holidays, the public can access The Discovery Zone all day. At this place, you will find Iroquois helicopter which, you are allowed take control of just like in the war zone-during its exhibition. You can also have some fun dodging sniper fire at the First World War trench. Moreover, there is a Cold War submarine to view. You can get inside and take a periscope view of things from the submarine.
The Hall of Memory
Set right above the Pool of Reflection, The Hall of Memory is the heart of the museum. To get there, you have to walk past thousands of names of those who gallantly gave their lives in the service of the country. It is the only point where you stand right next to the Tomb of Unknown Australian Soldier. At this place, everything is quietly still hence the name still point of all remembrance. The conception of The Hall of Memory came about right after the First World War. Some of things that stood between it and uninterrupted construction were a number of difficulties associated with budget and design. Dedicated in 1959, it preserved the memory of the fallen soldiers at the Second World War.
The Hall of Valour
In Australian history, there were nine soldiers who received the George Cross and ninety-nine more other soldiers who received the Cross of Victoria. The existence of The Hall of Valour honours the bravery and gallantry of these soldiers. In the midst of different battles and terrifying army movements, exploits of valiant soldier have always been a source of good inspiration. The Hall of Valour plays a unique part in appreciating the roles of ordinary Australians who took part in battles. In light of Victoria Cross, it was an award instituted by Queen Victoria as the greatest and most honourable award for valiance in the face of death. Great Australians soldiers received this award on several occasions during a number of wars that occurred back then.
The Sculpture Garden
In January 1999, the museum opened the Sculpture Garden just located at the west main of the building. It is one of the places in the museum that offers a peaceful, quiet and contemplative moment as you remember the sacrifices of the war warriors. There are unique fascinating and commemorative works like “Simpson and his donkey” (a stunning sculpture) and “Sir Edward Dunlop.” In particular, “Sir Edward Dunlop” is a work that commemorates the services of a paramedic who came to the rescue of Australian prisoners of war in the Second World War. Beside these incredible works that run throughout the ground of the museum, the garden also features British Commonwealth Occupation Force, Australian Merchant Seamen and Sandakan among others.
The Aircraft Hall
From the very beginning, there have been aircrafts in the collection of the museum. If you go today at the Aircraft Hall, you will find a number of classic aircraft. These aircrafts are on permanent display so there is no need to feel a little unsure about their removal in the future. You can learn about the practical side of an aircraft here. You get a clear explanation and illustration of how an aircraft is put together and works after the whole assembling process. More importantly, you will learn about their impact of the everyday life of the Second World War as well as the Korean War.
The Memorial has some of the most significant large objects that it displays by use of sound and light in uniquely innovative ways. These objects end up as screens narrating and telling compelling stories about the servicemen and women of Australia. The following are some of the biggest objects to look out for in the Memorial.
- Submarine: At the museum, you earn yourself the opportunity to discover the most renowned midget submarine. The submarine is actually an assembling of two or three other subs that took part in raiding Sydney back in the 40s. With the use of light technology, the exhibition “Sydney under attack” shows the drama and frenzy of the event that took place that day.
- First World War Aircraft: For the better part of the hall, you are going to find permanent display of “Over the Front” – first aircraft in World War 1. The exhibition narrates the story of aerial combat that occurred in the course of First World War. It employs an original and extraordinary aircraft with mind-blowing sound and light to show you the event.
- Also, if you want to experience a naval battle through an interactive experience, the right place to go is the Australian War Memorial. Visiting the Memorial will give you the chance to follow the battleships as they navigate from one island to another. At the Memorial, you will have an interactive experience – one that will live in your mind for long!