National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia, Canberra - Australia, Ashton Raggatt Mcdougall (ARM)
Construction year: 2001
Address: Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula | CANBERRA | Australia | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: -35.29275, 149.12021

The National Museum of Australia has been sited at the end of the Acton Peninsula to create a new waterfront condition for Canberra. At the heart of the facility is the Garden of Australian Dreams providing a protected outdoor courtyard.

The National Museum of Australia combines contemporary exhibition techniques with new media technologies such as a high definition digital theatre. The exhibition spaces accommodate the NMA permanent collections, the Gallery of First Australians as well as temporary collections from other institutions.

The approach to the design of the interior spaces moves away from the ‘black box’ and instead allows some controlled natural daylight into the exhibition spaces. The relationship between the circulation and narrative of the Museum is an important part of the experience reinforced by visual connections to outside by carefully located windows ‘punched’ through the facade.

Circulation through the Museum has been planned as a circuit through the entry into the Main Hall, on to the exhibition and gallery spaces through the Garden of Australian Dreams and back to the Main Hall with views to the Garden of Australian Dreams along the way.

The Main Hall provides access to all the principal public areas of the Museum complex while creating an extraordinary spatial and orientation experience for the visitor.

The Garden of the Australian Dreams itself is an extraordinary experience in its own right, but it is also intricately integrated into the circulation and exhibition experience of the Museum.

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