The Joy of Museums

Finding Meaning in a Museum

Australian Museums

Sydney Opera House Close up HDR Sydney Australia

Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Pacific and the Indian oceans. Its major cities are spread around the coast and include: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin. Australia’s political capital is Canberra which is inland and 250kms southwest of Sydney.  Australia is the world’s largest island but also the smallest continent. The country is divided into six states and two territories.

Australia has some great museums which provide a unique sample of Western, Asian and Pacific masterpieces as well as a significant focus on the Australian Aboriginal culture. Below is a list of some of the key museums by major cities.

  • Museums in Canberra
    • National Museum of Australia
    • National Gallery of Australia
    • Australian War Memorial
  • Museums in Hobart
    • Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
    • Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
    • Maritime Museum of Tasmania
  • Museums in Brisbane
    • Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
    • Queensland Art Gallery
  • Museums in Adelaide
    • Art Gallery of South Australia
    • South Australian Museum
  • Museums in Perth
    • Western Australian Museum
    • Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • Museums in Darwin
    • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
    • Darwin Military Museum

Essential Facts about Australia:

  • Country:                                Australia
  • Political Capital:                Canberra
  • Largest City:                        Sydney
  • National language             English
  • Population                          24 million
  • Australian States & Territories with Capital City
    • Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – Canberra
    • New South Wales (NSW) – Sydney
    • Victoria (VIC)  – Melbourne 
    • Queensland (QLD) – Brisbane
    • South Australia (SA) – Adelaide
    • Western Australia (WA) – Perth
    • Tasmania (TAS) – Hobart
    • Northern Territory (NT) – Darwin



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Photo Credit:By Hai Linh Truong from Sydney, NSW, Australia (Sydney Opera House Close up HDR Sydney Australia) [CC BY 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons