The Australian War Memorial is, hands down, the best museum in Australia. There’s so much in there, and almost all of it is both deeply moving and illuminating. The World War I section is the part that sticks in the memory. The 3D dioramas of famous Great War battles are a brilliant way of illustrating conditions, while the tales of the Western Front and Gallipoli campaigns are told through signage, art, sculpture and artefacts from the time. Even history scholars will find themselves constantly discovering something they didn’t previously know. Little things stick out, such as the remarkable picture of a soldier feeding a kangaroo – the 3rd Brigade’s Mascot – at a training camp in front of the Pyramids of Giza. The World War II and post-1945 sections are also utterly absorbing, while the Great Hall is swarming with aircraft hanging down from the ceiling.
You could easily spend a whole day here, and not feel a second of it has been wasted. It’s a marvellous work of dedication and passion, and a truly fitting tribute to those who have laid down their lives fighting for their country.